Café Hawelka

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

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Vienna’s Legendary Coffeehouses – A Step Back in Time

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The capital of Austria, Vienna is often considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s also home to some of the best coffee in Europe, which shouldn’t be surprising given the city’s rich history with coffee and coffeehouses (Vienna was also home to some of the first ever).

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In Vienna, coffeehouses are an institution. If you’re looking to find which are Vienna’s Legendary Coffeehouses, you’ve come to the right place!

Vienna's Legendary Coffeehouses - A Step Back in Time

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To help you find the perfect cup of coffee while visiting this cultural mecca, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite Viennese coffee shops below!

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Vienna's Legendary Coffeehouses - A Step Back in Time

Demel Cafe

Demel Cafe is one of the most well-known coffeehouses. For over 300 years, it has been home to some of Vienna’s finest coffees and confectioneries. The cafe is a popular meeting point for Viennese and tourists alike—especially because they are famous for their Sacher Torte.

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Café Prückel

Café Prückel is also well known as an old favourite with locals. There you can find some of the best cakes and pastries around, but also an extensive selection of traditional Austrian dishes.

Demel Cafe, Café Central and Café Prückel

Café Central

Café Central houses the city’s first café that opened in 1876, which means you can enjoy your coffee surrounded by history!

Demel Cafe, Café Central and Café Prückel

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How to spend a weekend in Prague

How to spend a weekend in Prague

How to spend a weekend in Prague

I had the pleasure of spending a weekend in the stunning city of Prague, and it was truly one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. There are so many things to do in Prague that I didn’t know where to start – but after exploring the city myself, I’ve created this guide to help others plan their own trip to this beautiful city! 

How to spend a weekend in Prague

I was lucky enough to visit Prague, a breathtaking city in the heart of Europe that’s teeming with history and culture. This travel guide will walk you through where to stay and what to do in the city, so you can experience the same beauty and adventure I did during my visit. Let’s get started!

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Where to stay

Mosaic House Design Hotel – a green oasis in the heart of Prague

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Where to eat/drink

Trattoria cicala (Italian family restaurant), qq asian kitchen (Asian food), Coffee and Riot, Manifesto food market (street food market), EMA Espresso bar in Na Florenci Street, Cerna Madona (cafe/restaurant), Smetanaq cafe, Choco cafe, La finestra in cucina (italian restaurant)

Prague travel tips

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Best time to visit Prague

Prague is undoubtedly all year round a beautiful city. Also, architecture wise, it resembles a lot to Vienna. However, I do believe that Prague is even more beautiful covered in snow. In my humble opinion, the best season to visit Prague is during Christmas time when the city is decorated with Christmas lights and if there is also snow, then you are lucky. Christmas lights and snow make this city look even more magical.

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Things to do

Picnick at Riegrovy Sady park / Shopping at Deelive design store.

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Life abroad

Life abroad

Life abroad

Human relationships are nowadays incredibly fragile

If you say a word that you shouldn’t say, the relationship you’ve fostered can vanish instantly. Relationships can break like a vase that you throw against a wall, into a thousand little pieces. Everything will be gone in the blink of an eye. One word, one phrase, or one not so pleasant moment is enough to destroy what had been built for a long time.

It is hard for me to realize that people tend to judge other people with ease, rather than trying to understand and solve hard situations or problems with open-mindedness and lots of understanding.

It easier and more comfortable nowadays to throw away something and replace it, than to take the time and the effort to repair it.

Life abroad

 No place like home

Before I moved to Austria, my father knew that I wanted to live abroad and he was even positive and excited with my idea. But he warned me!! And he said that I will never find a home that will be as good like my home. I must confess now that I didn’t get what he was talking about when he said that.

Later on and after having lived abroad for three years, I now understand what he meant. I think a lot about his words and how right he was. So, expanding yourself abroad is attractive but experiences prove that no place is like home.

Life abroad

How to manage difficult situations and above all how to manage difficult people

When you go abroad, in order to start creating network of friends and establishing relationships with other people, all you have to do is to be open, friendly, and nice. I assume that’s the way it works or that’s the way it should work.

But even if you are open, friendly, and nice, it doesn’t automatically mean that others are as well. I often catch myself to be too naive and too good natured and still get in trouble or cause misunderstandings without even wanting them. So, I suppose if you want to get along smoothly without having many problems caused by others, choose your friends carefully and keep the ones that inspire you, motivate, help and care for you.

True friends really are worth their weight in gold.

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 Family is the most important thing we have

Friends are also important in one’s life and we need them but throughout these past three years in Vienna, I realised how many people come and go, but family still stays. To make it clearer, even if you choose to live abroad, think about where all the expats are going for Christmas, where and with whom do they choose to spend these special holidays. Of course, they go back home.

Life in a shared apartment

Life in a shared apartment with people that you don’t know can turn up being very unpleasant. People, especially 18-30 years olds, share flats because of money. They think “I cannot afford a flat on my own so as a second choice I will share the flat with others, and also the rent and bills.” And of course, it is comfortable for your wallet but I don’t know how comfortable is it for your inner serenity and for your mental well being.

The starting point is wrong: you are doing something for money, and not for what you want. So, in my opinion, if you want to save yourself troubles, stress, and wasted energy, ask your friends if they want to share a flat with you or try to find a better solution.

I don’t want to be pessimistic and negative. It can even work out very well for you. But after all that I experienced, I am amazed at how this system still works and at the same time I am happy I managed to survive after all that I have gone through. I am happy to be where I am now!

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Sacher Torte

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What would Sacher Torte be like without Vienna and what would Vienna be like without Sacher Torte?
Some things are so connected to each other, that you cannot even imagine them apart.
You can find Sacher Torte in other countries but they are done exquisitely in the country they originated from.

Today we said “Let’s pretend that we are tourists” and jumped into the cafe of the Hotel Sacher. When the sky turns grey, a good friend and that famous piece of chocolate cake with whipped cream next to it is all I need to feel happy.

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