A Decadent Tour of Vienna
Arriving in Vienna after a 9-hour transatlantic flight for a mother-daughter getaway, my fatigue took a backseat to the liveliness of the Austrian capital. A quick check-in and rest in the centrally located Hotel Ananas and we were off to discover.
It was 9 pm local time but nothing was winding down. An older couple was just sitting down for some dessert in a decadent coffee shop, and we decided to take a seat next to them – after all, Vienna boasts the “coffee house capital of the world” title. Opened in 1876, Café Central was a key meeting place for intellectuals including Leo Trotsky, Adolf Loos, Vladimir Lenin and Sigmund Freud.
After our latte, we crossed the street to watch a group of musicians who had started an impromptu concert in the park. Emboldened by the energy of the city, my mom (the more adventurous one of us) convinced me to try an Italian restaurant we stumbled on, Da Capo. With its rustic interior, we ate a traditional Margherita pizza rivaling any from neighboring Italy, perfectly paired with our first true Austrian beer, a bottle of Stiegl.