Mingle with a colourful crowd of local politicians, artists and intellectuals at Café Landtmann and enjoy a taste of its perfectly roasted coffees. The Landtmann is famous for its generous selection and does not disappoint in the creative department either. Feel like a true Viennese when you order order a salon einspänner (double mocha with whipped cream and a rolled waffle), a verlängerter (coffee with extra water) or a classic Wiener melange (half coffee, half frothed milk).
Café Landtman, Dr Karl Lueger-Ring 4, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 2410 0110
Time seems to run at a slower speed in Café Diglas, which has kept its cosy red velvet benches and old wooden panelling. Uniformed waiters make sure the guests receive their Wiener melange the moment their hot apfelstrudel (arguably the best in town) arrives on the table. Diglas has seen many big names walking in and out – composer Franz Lehár and writer Heimito von Doderer used to be regulars. Make like the locals: come here to read your morning paper.
Café Diglas, Wollzeile 10, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 512 5765
Sip your cup of coffee in style at Café Sacher in Graz. This branch of Vienna’s illustrious Hotel Sacher in Vienna has its own charms: smaller and cosier than the Sacher headquarters, its culinary pride and joy is the award-winning chef René Leitgeb. Before indulging in a luscious piece of chocolate-clad Sacher torte with a melange, start with one of the chef’s perfectly styled traditional Austrian dishes such as the tafelspitz.
Café Sacher, Herrengasse 6, 8010 Graz, +43 (0)316 80050
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Schatz café in Salzburg’s historical city centre. This coffee shop’s interior is as sweet as its pastry; founded in 1850, it hasn’t lost its old-time magic. Classics include maroniherzen (chestnut hearts), zaunerkipferl (croissant pastries) and poppy-seed cake. Don’t leave without trying the Rigó Jancsi, a multi-layered chocolate dessert named after the Hungarian violin virtuoso.
Schatz, Getreidegasse 3A, 5020 Salzburg, +43 (0)662 842792
A perfect day in Salzburg starts at Café Bazar. Here, laid-back locals mingle with curious visitors to enjoy a traditional breakfast of home-made jam or chicken liver pate – an Austrian favourite. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Salzburg and the perfect spot to get the feel of the town. It has a fabulous view, too.
Café Bazar, Schwarzstrasse 3, 5020 Salzburg, +43 (0)662 874278
Prepare for the day with some delicious pastry at Munding, Tyrol’s oldest coffee house. Founded in 1803, this traditional café not only bakes its own cakes and cookies, but also runs its very own coffee roaster to perfect a wide variety of Arabica blends. If you’re not too busy exploring the 60 different coffee specialities, take a closer look at the house’s pretty façade and the original furnishings, which date back to the 1930s.
Café Munding, Kiebachgasse 16, 6020 Innsbruck, +43 (0)512 584118