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Gourmet restaurants in Vienna serve haute cuisine in the French style. The less formal Viennese restaurants tend to serve typical Austrian fare. Casual dining in Vienna is moderately priced but still quite elegant despite its roots in the peasant culture of Austria. Viennese meals do not rely on sausages, which are characteristic of Germany, and certainly not on wieners, an American invention that only takes its name from Vienna. Rather, a typical Viennese meal includes tender slices of pork or beef accompanied by greens and potatoes.

The most famous cut of meat in Viennese cuisine is the Wiener Schnitzel. This is a slice of veal pounded thin, lightly seasoned, rolled in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried. Schnitzel also comes in pork and chicken variants, and is often served on a bed of rice with parsley and sliced lemon. The other famous Austrian meat dish is Tafelspitz, a rich cut of boiled beef served with spinach and diced potatoes. Further Viennese specialties include goulash, the spicy beef stew from Hungary, and a wide variety of dumplings. Make sure you try the Germknödel, a sweet yeast dumpling drenched in sauce and topped with poppy seeds.

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After lunch or dinner, stop by one of the great coffeehouses of Vienna, such as the Cafe Landtmann or the Cafe Central. Here, under vaulted ceilings and often with the accompaniment of a classical pianist, you can enjoy the cerebral Viennese cafe atmosphere beloved by poets and philosophers. You can stay as long as you like, reading or writing or just passing the time of day, for the price of a fine cup of coffee. Among the many varieties of coffee served in the coffeehouses of Vienna is the creamy Viennese specialty called melange. You can also order a straight espresso or any espresso-based beverage such as a cafe-au-lait, caffe latte, or cappuccino.

Whether at a cafe or a restaurant, you must indulge in Vienna's famous cakes and pastries at least once. Dessert is truly the strong suit of Viennese cuisine. The most renowned Viennese cake is the Sacher cake (Sachertorte), but a Black Forest (Schwarzwald) or double chocolate cake is always a good bet in Vienna. Perhaps even better are the flaky Viennese pastries, such as the world-famous strudel, which comes in more varieties than you probably knew. The apple strudel (Apfelstrudel) is a classic, but so are the sweet cottage-cheese strudel (Topfenstrudel) and the poppy-seed strudel (Mohnstrudel). Try them all! You can have some wonderful Holidays in Austria and enjoy Vienna's famous cakes & pasteries.


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