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A Decadent Tour of Vienna

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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.

A Decadent Tour of Vienna

Cafe Central in Vienna

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.

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After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

5 Comments

  1. Coffee houses like living rooms, innovative museums, absurdly pompous architecture and the sheer quality of life. These are just some of the reasons why I love Vienna. But what I especially love is exploring the capital by foot. Some evenings I like to walk through the courtyards of the historic centre, other nights I’ll explore the idiosyncratic Vorstadt districts – places like Margareten, Neubau, Josefstadt and Leopoldstadt where the rawness of ordinary life washes to the surface. Vienna is a large, variegated city, but it’s still one you can easily walk through to discover new sides.

  2. Pegah Aarabi

    Vienna is a must-visit! I hope the tips help and I’ll have to make another trip over Christmas!

  3. Cafe Central looks so decadent! I love it!

  4. Hannah Mayers

    I love Stiegl! LOL
    Great tips! I’ve been to Vienna in the winter — it’s great at Christmas because everything is festive and lit up. Super amazing. I’ll definitely do this tour you set up for summer though. Looks like a must-do kind of trip! 🙂

  5. Gabrielle Williams

    Wow – Vienna looks incredible! I’m going to file this under “must do this trip this year”. Thanks for the great tips — and the photos are spectacular! Really makes me want to do this exact trip – like, TODAY!

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