Food and drink
Breakfast, in three variations, is served from 8-11.30 am, after which a midday menu, with straightforward Viennese dishes, can be ordered until 2.30pm.
Since the face-lift, the interior is quite similar to other cafés with warm-red upholstered seating, obligatory black bentwood chairs, marble-topped tables and brass wall lighting. Quite an eye-catching exception are the enormous, 30s-style steel globes hanging from the ceiling – apparently an original was found in the cellar and the others were copied accordingly. They don't give off much light but they are an amazing feature.
It was very, very busy last time I was there and still the dapper waiter - in his black tux - found me a table and within minutes I was served a piping hot melange coffee (a melange is similar to a cappuccino, the subtle difference is in the slightly lighter coffee roast which gives the beverage a slightly milder taste) by the apprentice – you can recognise them by the white jackets they wear.
The sprawling Karlsplatz is not the pedestrian-friendly area it could be, but the location is close to everything because of the hub of public transport below ground.
You get a regular cup of coffee for 4.40 euros (which is expensive, but worth it) and the two-course daily menu costs 9.90 euros.
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- People watching
- No fuss