Learn about Viennese coffee culture in a 19th century café
Viennese coffee culture is world-famous. Try your hand at ordering a coffee in the historic Café Sperl (founded in 1880). Sugar junkies will enjoy an "intermezzo" a concoction combining coffee, chocolate and whipped cream, while traditionalists looking for their daily shot of caffeine will be contented with a double mocha--similar to a double shot of espresso. A classic and a winner across the board is the Melange, a frothy, creamy coffee with milk.
Café Sperl also serves snacks and cakes, but I didn't try any. Per local custom, a glass of crystal clear Austrian tap water is served with your coffee and lingering is encouraged.
Walking into Café Sperl is like stepping in a time machine to late 19th century Vienna. Maybe it's because so little has changed here. High stucco ceilings, warm overhead lamps, gorgeous Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) fittings and wood panels dating back to the opening in 1880 make it a truly authentic experience with Viennese coffee house culture. If you have time to visit one coffee house in Vienna, Café Sperl is a pretty good choice.