Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

The “it” coffee to order in most Viennese cafes we discovered is the “Melange” which literally derives from the French word meaning “mixing” or “blending”. Since I don’t drink much coffee Monsieur Le Chic made it his business to sample as many as he could during our few days in Vienna and it soon became his “Drink du Jour”. Basically it is an espresso shot topped up in a large cup with lots of frothy milk… delicieux!
Now Vienna is a city renowned for its cafes which serve a myriad of tortes and cakes and restaurants too numerous to possibly mention so I have compiled a “Photo Melange” of some of the gastronomic highlights of our trip which included a visit to Figlmuellers (Wollzeile 5) famous for their enormous Wiener Schnitzels which literally cover an entire serving plate (for 1!). Here we were saved from the biting cold (coming from Australia it takes a while to warm up from walking around outside in 0 degrees) by some of the best wines one could imagine and a couple of glasses of Schnapps to round off the night. We trundled in a tram up the Waehringer Strasse to search out Cafe Weimar at number 68 which came thoroughly recommended by the Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Vienna and we could understand why. Just hanging out in typical Viennese bars and cafes is a wonderful way to tune into the culture and way of life in this old Imperial City and follow in the footsteps of an eclectic mix of Hapsburg nobility, artists, actors, musicians, politicians, students and world travellers who have all fallen under Vienna’s spell. Now to decide between Sacher torte, Esterhazy cake, Mozart torte….

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