When you think of a café in London, coffee and a sandwich may come to mind. However, not in Vienna. In Vienna, a café is a totally different concept and is more like fine-dining in a high end restaurant anywhere else in the world (and as you will see in this article). One of Vienna’s most famous writers wrote in 1918, “If you are worried about something, go to a café! If you hate and detest the people but nevertheless cannot do without them, go to a café! If nobody pays you credit any longer, go to a café!” and quite clearly highlighted that a café was the place to be, in whatever circumstances. Located at Albertinaplatz 2, A-1010 in the first district of Vienna, and directly opposite Albertina near the State Opera and Hofburg Imperial Palace is the wonderful Café Mozart. This is a café that I think you need to visit and I am pleased to have the opportunity to tell you a little about this magnificent, glorious and magical place that was opened in 1929.
Charming indoor and outdoor seating and tuxedo clad waiters
Class is personified in this gorgeous café which consists of a wood panelled room, with solid windows on three sides and high ceilings with incredible chandeliers. There are charming booths and small tables for seating. It is classic architecture and décor that makes the interior of the café feel timeless. If, however, you want to sit outside and watch the world go by, there is an abundance of outdoor seating where you can sit under the sunshine and enjoy yourself. Tuxedo clad waiters will greet you at the entrance and usher you to one of the booths or tables that are covered with white table cloths and silverware. Having previously experienced Viennese cafes that were staffed by rather haughty waiters who simply tolerate your presence, the service at Café Mozart is nothing of the sort as the service was outstanding. The waiters are wonderfully polite and are constantly gliding up and down the aisles effortlessly.
Adored by locals and tourists for any meal
Whether it be breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or after dinner drinks, Café Mozart is a wonderful choice. For you film buffs, you will also be pleased to know that the Café Mozart featured in the famous top 100 film “The Third Man”, so it’s popular for cinema fans! It should be noted, however, that Café Mozart is not only embraced by tourists but also by locals, who will often stop by for a snack and a break with their loved ones or co-workers. In my view, the best way to start your day is by having breakfast here and I can guarantee that you will be pleased if you make this choice too. The café has an extensive menu for all meals and cold and hot drinks. Breakfast is served until 11.30 am and I would recommend that from the breakfast menu you try the Kiperfl Breakfast for 13 EUR (15 USD). This consists of a cup of coffee, melange or a large pot of tea as well as brioche, butter, jam and freshly squeezed orange juice. If you would like to add a croissant too, it costs 3.50 EUR (4 USD) and a handmade bread roll is 1.50 EUR (2 USD). If you are visiting at lunchtime the roasted bread dumplings with egg and green salad for 12.00 EUR (14 USD) is recommended.
Phenomenal quality in the sweet items available
No doubt when you enter the café, you will see the mouth watering showcase that displays different freshly made cakes and pastries. The selection is enormous and incredibly difficult to choose from. You may even find that you will have to return more than once to sample these delectable sweet treats. Whilst on the high-side on the calories front, if you’re on holiday, you do need to treat yourself once, twice or even three times when such fantastic choice is on offer! A number of the items on the display are from the famous Landtmann Patisserie, which offers phenomenal quality pastries and cakes. If you’re looking for a more unusual dessert, then the fluffy cream cheese dumplings rolled in buttered breadcrumbs and served with a raspberry-blackberry compote for 8.00 EUR (9 USD) are also recommended.
Café Mozart has possibly the best hot drinks menu that I have seen and I have to urge you to try the Wiener Melange for 5.50 EUR (6 USD). This drink is halfway filled with coffee which is afterwards topped with hot frothy milk. If you want something with a kick, then the Mozart coffee for 8.00 EUR (9 USD) is suggested. This is a double mocha topped with whipped cream and is accompanied by a small bottle of Mozart liqueur. If you want something that is simply sweet but infused with caffeine, then the Schokoccino for 6.00 EUR (7 USD) is for you. This is a cappuccino mixed with dark chocolate that has a caramel-topping and cream. If sweet stuff is all you’re after, then the number one choice has to be the Mozart Chocolate for 6.50 EUR (7 USD) which is my all time favourite drink. This is a hot chocolate with a pistachio sauce that is covered with whipped cream. It is accompanied by a little Mirabell chocolate.
Wholeheartedly recommend that you visit soon
Viennese Coffee Houses are legendary, and this one is no exception. You will be made to feel special from the moment that you walk in until the moment that you leave. Café Mozart seems to work like clockwork and is the type of place that you would want to sit in all day. The fact that it offers free Wi-Fi to all guests may further increase one’s desire to sit back and have more than one meal here with their technological devices. I can certainly attest to relaxing at Café Mozart for more than 2 hours whilst working on my MacBook Air! The food and drinks are very good indeed and overall, you will certainly have a decedent experience. For me, Café Mozart is one of those special places, which once visited, remains in your memory forever. No future visit to Vienna can be complete without a stop here. I wholeheartedly recommend that as you would plan and arrange to see and enjoy a museum or excursion in Vienna, you ensure to add Café Mozart on your to-do list.