Every old coffee house in Vienna has a story. Did you know that this coffeehouse is where the love story between Leopold and Josefine took place? Leopold began to work in the Deierl restaurant, where he met Josefine. They got married and they later opened Café Hawelka in Dorotheergasse.
One more exciting thing to mention is that there is no menu; say no to a usual menu made of paper which list all the desserts and drinks! What you can order is written on a blackboard which hangs on the wall.
Tip: Go after 20.00 and order some Buchteln, sweet rolls filled with jam. You will avoid the crowd, you will have the chance to taste some delicious Buchteln and if you are lucky enough, you are going to meet happy girls sitting alone and writing poems in a dark artistic atmosphere which remains the same since Hawelka took over the cafe in 1939 . Until 2011 you could meet Leopold sitting at its entrance but unfortunately not any more. But you can still smell the aroma of Buchteln, a culinary delight, that Josefine used to bake.
Dorotheergasse 6, Vienna
If this blog were alive, it would suffer from diabetes. There are only a few entries of this blog that do not have sweets and pastries. This makes it obvious that pastries are a big part of my love, but on the other hand I try hard not to indulge myself and keep in mind that it is also important to keep my figure. In an imaginary world, people would eat as much cupcakes as they want, without gaining any extra kilos.
But anyway, here is one more place that I like in Vienna. It looks like a doll house, a cute and quaint cupcake cafe. Enjoy and spread the love!
cupcakes and kisses
Thursday night in the city. Downtown. Cold. Dark. Late. You go through the central avenues and neighborhoods but there is almost nothing going on. Where are all the people? Do they stay home? Did they sleep already?
You go through the city and there is nothing going on, until you reach the town hall. This golden magically beautiful building, so beautiful that it makes you believe “this is not real”.
Each year the Viennese Ice Dream takes the place of the Christmas markets in front of the town hall. Some food stands remain though, waiting the ice skaters with hot punch and other delicacies.
Do you know how to ice skate? I don’t! You see, I come from a country where we learn how to swim and we are not that familiar with ice and snow. Once I tried and it was fun. The cheerful music in the Rathausplatz invites me to do it again.
“No! You are going to ski; I am going for the spa.” I said.
Can you imagine yourself relaxing in an outdoor swimming pool looking at the Alps covered in snow? This is what I did in the Tauern Spa and it lasted one whole day! I was going from the sauna area to the indoor swimming pool and from the indoor swimming pool to the outdoor swimming pool! In other words, it was like heaven on earth, from which you don’t want to escape.
“But how? It is zero degrees outside!” he said.
“So what? All I have to do is relax, enjoy and forget the routine of everyday life.” I replied!
Oh, God of the Water World and sauna, are you listening to me? If only every Sunday could be like that….
Tauern Spa Platz 1, 5710 Kaprun, AUSTRIA
Let’s go Skiing
So this is Christmas and what have you done, another year over, and a new one just begun..
You don’t have to ask yourself when is the right time to visit the capital of Austria. Vienna is famous especially during the Christmas time for its Christmas market, for the decoration and for the festive spirit that you come across all over the city.
“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge
I hope you all have the chance to visit this fantastic city during the Christmas season.
Have a Lovely Happy New Year!