Sip and let seep - Café Hawelka
After rushing to a theatre known for showcasing Viennese history in 4D and coming out rather disappointed, there was a dire need for a dose of inspiration. Hence, Coffee! In Vienna, coffee is more than just a beverage — It's a way of living. You will be spoilt for choices, but won't be let down no matter which coffee house you step into. Strolling through the streets for about 15 minutes looking for just the right place, my search ended as soon as I stepped inside Café Hawelka.
A charming old gentleman dressed in black waistcoat graciously escorted me to a table by the window. As I made myself comfortable, the gentleman returned to take my order which obviously had to be Apfelstrudel & coffee. I spent the next hour learning about the place as it felt like a different era and as if time itself had slowed down. ‘The Café Hawelka’ was opened by Leopold Hawelka in 1939 and its old world charm is intact as its run by 3 generations of the same family. Its near-by Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben that connects you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace.