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Good cafes in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Berlin

Jun 8th, 2012, 03:08 PM
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Good cafes in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Berlin

Where can i eat some special foods in these cities? I dont want to eat just burgers or pizza i want something special so can you help me about this? I wanna know whats their food culture not just the city or museums, food is just important as the city's culture. Thank so much!
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Jun 8th, 2012, 03:21 PM
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We went to Griechenbeisl in Vienna. Maybe a little touristy, but we had a great Austrian meal and enjoyed the music.

http://www.griechenbeisl.at/lang_en/page.asp/index.htm
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Jun 8th, 2012, 03:45 PM
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I second Griechenbeisl. Its next-door neighbour, the Greek Orthodox Church, is IMO the most beautiful building in Vienna. You also might try Café Central at Herrengasse 14 in Vienna. It's a beautiful old café, with authentic food.

http://www.palaisevents.at/en/cafecentral.html

I don't think I'd worry about touristy. Vienna is full of tourists, you won't be able to escape them if you are in the main part of the city, and that's what you will want to see.

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Jun 8th, 2012, 09:02 PM
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HUH? Are you seriously thinking that the basic foods of these countries are burgers and pizza?

Go to a bookstore. Read Lonely Planet or DK or Fodors guides and learn about the local foods. None of these countries is a culinary superstar. You'll also receive restaurant recommendations.

Check out the Travel Channel's website - the channel shows so many traveler on the road shows (two words: Anthony Bourdain) that it may be a good resource. The Food Network is more US oriented but could also help.

And cafes do not enable you to measure "food culture." American food culture is not measured by the innumerable Starbucks cafes.
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Jun 9th, 2012, 05:04 PM
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>And cafes do not enable you to measure "food culture." American food culture is not measured by the innumerable Starbucks cafes.

I think there is a slight mismatch here in the understanding of the word 'café'. In many countries (including Austria), cafés have coffee but also a decent selection of food. It is often the case that the full food menu is limited compared with a full-blown restaurant. So there is not really a comparison between a café in Austria and Starbucks which you rightly point out is slim on food offerings. As an example:

http://www.prueckel.at/cafe.php?id=11

Click on the link that says PDF-Format and you will get their menu. This is a typical example of what you can get at an Austrian café. And also a good insight into food culture in Austria (and I disagree with the comment about culinary superstars - Austrians take their food very seriously).

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