Solo Food Travels-Vienna, Austria. Land of the Cafes

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A while ago, I stopped in Vienna to visit some friends who lived there. In between my time at the many museums (Belvedere had some amazing Klimts and Schieles) and opera (at the world-famous Vienna State Opera), I spent the remainder hunting down good eats. Vienna's cakes and cafe culture are hands down, its highlights. I wish I had a better experience with the dinners and appetizers.

Wiener Schnitzel at Figlmueller. Compare Size relative to my legs.
 But guess what, I finished it all! People at my table were so amazed considering that they were over 6 ft tall, twice my size had 1/2 of what I had. Well, I'll be honest here and admit that I ordered wrongly :P
Figlmueller, Vienna's most famous schnitzel. Took me an hour to get a spot for 1 person.

Pencil-thin but juicy and delicious. Could use with more lemons.
 Cafe Landtmann, frequented by Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler etc. My lunch there was ok.

 Demel's k.u.k., my favorite cafe by far. *Guess what, I just found out that they have A NYC BRANCH!!!!!!! But no sign of my favorite esterhazytorte.
Demels has such an old-world feel. Love it!
 Trying to navigate and plan my time wisely. I ordered 2 cakes and hot chocolate and more tea....
chocolate torte
 esterhazytorte-This delectable pastry and I were meant to be. Hazelnut!!!
 At the next cafe, Gerstner's, K.u.K. which I felt was so-so
More maccies.
 Empress Cici's (sp) and crystallized violets. I bought some. They were ok.
 Hotel Sacher.
 The renowned Sacher torte. (But it was dry and I thought that competitor, Demel's tasted way better, sorry.) Later, I heard from my friends that the whipped cream was typically eaten together because of the dryness, which made me wonder...Why make a dry cake in the first place?


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