When you enter this historic café near Vienna’s Opera House, you’ll be accosted by a mouthwatering display of pastries and tortes behind the glass display. Apple and cottage cheese strudels, Esterhazy torte, Cardinal slice, whipped-cream-filled rolls (Schaumroll). If you’re like me, they’ll lure into one of the 1930s-inspired crescent-shaped plush red banquettes. You’ll sit alongside local Viennese who camp out here under the silver globe lighting fixtures and do their reading or socializing with a cup of coffee or a glass of Zweigelt. Note: prices are steep, and the weekends overrun by tourists.

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