If you find afternoon tea too filling and are looking for something a little less formal but equally delicious, kaffee und kuchen is for you.
As a lover of afternoon tea, coffee and cake was definitely going to be on my list of things to do during a long weekend in Vienna. My cousin recommended Hotel Sacher for its grand design and popularity, and after a 10 minute queue along with all the other cake enthusiasts we were in.
Austrians spend hours enjoying kaffee und kuchen while catching up with friends or reading the paper on a lazy afternoon, but we were only in Vienna for a short time so we didn’t spend too long at the hotel although I can definitely see why people do. As a writer I found the whole experience to be a more cultured and inspiring version of Starbucks which, if the cliché is to be believed, is where all the struggling and tortured writers go on their quest to make it big.
I had the Original Sacher-Torte (chocolate cake lined with apricot jam) while Phil had the homemade Viennese apfelstrudel. Also on the menu was cheese strudel, pancakes with plum butter and sorbet, and Sacher ice cream cake with apricot bellini. Your kuchen doesn’t have to be accompanied by kaffee if you’re not a kaffee drinker; I had hot chocolate but you can also have tea, beer or wine.
It was all very civilised and the portions were just the right size. We ordered and were served within minutes despite it being really busy with a queue of people out the door. Kaffee und kuchen is a very chilled and pleasant way to spend an afternoon and because it’s not a whole meal like afternoon tea you’ll still have room for dinner later on in the day. Win.
The rich red and gold colours of the hall upon entering Café Sacher radiated old money and reminded me of elegant European royals. Kaffee und kuchen is definitely something to squeeze in or enjoy at a leisurely pace during a trip to Vienna, and as our two cakes and drinks came to €19 it’s a very affordable and enjoyable treat.