48h in Vienna – Austria
5 janvier 2016 § 7 Commentaires
Opera and music amateurs will find their joy in Vienna as much as people like me who love visiting Kaffeehaus and eating tons of cake. And I did. 48h will be too short to explore the city, there are too much to eat and see.
- Sachertorte at Demel & Hotel Sacher
Even if sweet delicacies do not excite you, you cannot miss out on the Sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot filling. If Hotel Sacher is well known for possessing the original recipe, Demel, the other pastry shop established since 1786, also proposes a delicious version of this cake. My personal preference goes to Demel, as I felt the taste to be more authentic and chocolate-y.
Vienna is full of Kaffeehaus – coffeeshop to warm up during winter time with hot chocolate and Apfelstrudel. Many cafes have kept their ancient interior and seem frozen in time. My favorite, Café Prückel has 90’s vibe with old Viennese reading newspapers sipping their Melange. Pastries are freshly baked every day and I have never seen such a long café menu.
Café Sperl, another favorite, is famous for a scene shot with the actors Ethan Hawke and July Delpy for the movie « Before Sunrise ». This one too has a time machine feeling with its old lamps and billiard tables.
My biggest regret so far is to not have visited a Heuriger, Austrian wine taverns. The best time would have been summer – autumn for enjoying a glass of wine directly from the winemakers. Wine always makes me blush like an over-riped tomato, but not Austrian wine. The white one I had at Café Sperl was fruity and devoid of any acidity I usually notice in French wine. I was not expecting to taste such good wine here.
- Gift Ideas
What to bring back from Vienna? Manner Schnitten! These crispy waflers are Austria’s symbol and reminds me of my German classes. There is a shop on Stefansplatz where you can purchase the waflers in different flavors and other products of Manner company. The vintage old pink package is also one of the reason why I love them so much. Also I would not recommend buying the omnipresent Mozartkugeln in Vienna. They are round shape chocolate with Mozart’s face printed on and are made of marzipan, nougat and dark chocolate. The original version, in silver wrapping – were created by Paul Fürst in 1890 and are only available in Salzburg at 4 different locations. The others are industrially produced and you can be disappointed by them. Although, if you really want to taste these treats, I can recommend you the ones produced by Mirabell. They are known to be the closest version of the original recipe.
Vienna has been a real crush and I really hope to be back during Autumn time for wine tasting and eat more cakes.
Café Prückel: Stubenring 24, 1010 Wien / Café Sperl: Gumpendorfer Str. 11, 1060 Wien / Manner: Stephansplatz 7, 1010 Wien / Demel: Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Wien and Hôtel Sacher: Philharmoniker Str. 4, 1010 Wien
For finding the original Mozartkugeln: click here.