On The Eighth Day God Created Coffee … At Cafe Demel.

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.

Cafe Demel in Vienna, Austria

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!

Getting There

You can find the cafe (also known by their original name K.u.K. Hofzuckerbäcker Ch. Demel’s Söhne) here:

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Cafe Demel Vienna Austria

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  1. I adore Vienna, it’s one of my favourite cities. Viennese coffee tends to be a bit too strong for my taste, but I really enjoy sitting at the old cafes, like Demel. It’s so atmospheric! Works well for teas, too 🙂

  2. Me too on both fronts. Love Vienna and sitting in old cafes. I loved the coffee though! 🙂

    My friends had tea and they quite liked it with their desserts. Makes me want to go back there right about now.

  3. Beautiful decorations! I love Christmas time in Europe … But where’s the shot of the Sachertorte? 🙂 Not sure if it’s because it’s lunchtime, but your description was making me really hungry 😉

  4. Christmastime in Europe is so so so special. I fell in love when spending the holiday season here last year .. so much so, I moved here. Have plans to visit many a market this Nov and Dec.

    I may later update this post with more photos. Good idea! Can’t right now as I am fighting a virus with my blog. 🙁

  5. OK – I’ll put it on the list of things to do in Vienna. I always avoid Starbuck’s when I’m traveling (if possible). Love the photo — the lights are so pretty.

  6. I was totally entranced with watching the chef behind a glass window making incredible Easter treats when I was there. But, those Christmas lights make it look like it would be worth braving the cold.
    And don’t you love a country where they have law suits over pastry–Like who owns the rights to Sacher torte? Demel, who originated it, or Sacher Hotel who took it over later. (or is it viceversa?)

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