The origins of sachertorte, Austria’s most famous chocolate cake, was under dispute for many years – was it Café Sacher or Café Demel? The decades-long rift resulted in Café Sacher being able to name its dish the ‘original sachertorte’ in 1963. We suggest that you chew over which one of these glossy, velvety chocolate cakes is the best by visiting both cafes. They both look delicious.
It’s always a sunny day at The Palmenhaus, which appears to be Austria’s version of Kew Gardens. The 19th-century glasshouse that overlooks Burggarten, the former private gardens of the Emperor is a good idea at all times of the day whether it’s for a late breakfast, morning coffee or drinks before or with dinner.
This hip eatery put a fresh update on Viennese cuisine. Think Styrian farmer’s salad with field beans and sheep’s cheese. Motto has been open for a few years, but is still a firm favourite with the Viennese. And it’s not without its own share of celebrity visitors including British actor Jude Law who is aid to have stopped by for the strawberry and nougat dumplings.
This bare brick walled restaurant with minimal décor lets its food do all the talking. The Michelin Guide is also just as direct with its praise for O Boufes. It said ‘Simply a good meal’ and the wine list? ‘Excellent’. Expect veal terrine with seed oil and herbs, rack of lamb with polenta and spinach, and orange crème brulee with sour cream.