Cafe Demel is Worth A Visit
Sometimes there are tourist traps that you absolutely must avoid, like the Hemingway bars La Bodeguita del Medio and La Flordita in Havana, Cuba. Then there are places that you absolutely must visit like Cafe Demel in Vienna, Austria.
Steeped in history, Cafe Demel has been around since 1786. In 1857, it was sold to Christof Demel who moved the cafe to it’s current home, the Kohlmarkt. There the cafe still retains it’s original Rococo styled salons and employs only female waiting staff who will speak to you in the third person (a former polite form of German address).
Demel’s sells delicious treats like cakes, scones, strudels and Sachertortes, baked fresh each day and made with natural ingredients. You can sip coffee (for which Vienna is famous) or have a cup of hot chocolate, favored by past aristocratic and bourgeoisie ladies on cold winter days.
You can also tour the cafe’s museum, stare at the shop’s window stocked full of confectionery goodies and even watch the highly trained staff whip up new creations in the cafes show bakery.
I visited Cafe Demel last Christmas when the city was festively decorated for the holiday season. Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and as you can see, it’s even more extraordinary at Christmastime.
So friends, do yourself a favour. When in Vienna, make a stop a Cafe Demel or even another local coffee shop. Be offended by the presence of Starbucks (or “Starfucks” as Berliners like to say) and skip them entirely. Danke!
You can find the cafe (also known by their original name K.u.K. Hofzuckerbäcker Ch. Demel’s Söhne) here:
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