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VIENNA : 2 dinners, 2 lunches and cake recommendations please :)

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Hi - I'm looking for a few ideas for a short trip to Vienna. I live in London so I'd prefer something with an Austrian flavour rather than "International" and prefer casual atmosphere to "fine dining" Preferably not very young, trendy & noisy but we like a buzzy atmosphere and the food is the most important. A friend who went recently recommended Hansen in the Stock Exchange - is this a good option ? I LOVE cakes so where to go for afternoon tea please ? Finally, any light lunch recommendations in between to museums. We are staying on Lange Gasse. Thank you !

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  1. Hello annamk,

    Lange Gasse is a great location for chow hounds. There are quite a food places worth visiting, starting with the great Schnattl on Lange Gasse.
    http://www.schnattl.com/lageplan.html

    There is also a real old bakery and pastry shop right on Lange Gasse, the Alte Backstube, now more of a beisl with a lot of Viennese classics on their menu, and just a short list of sweet dishes. We went there quite often 30 years ago, so I am not aware about their current status, but since they still are operating, they might have satisfied customers…
    http://www.backstube.at/lage_de.htm

    But these are not the only ones, the area is full of places to discover.

    There is just one place I recommend since we are regulars there, visiting at least once every week: the Cantina Friulana on Bartensteingasse, just two blocks from Lange Gasse. Open Monday to Friday between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m., this is the right place for a late lunch or early dinner. At regular dining hours, after 6 p.m., it is quite full and you need a reservation, but it is the best if you are coming back home around 5 p.m. and want a nice sample of antipasti and a glass of great wine from the Friuli region before you return to your hotel.
    http://www.cantinafriulana.at

    Hansen at the Börse building is not a Viennese style restaurant, it is more mediterrean fusion. There is a new Viennese style place right next door on Börseplatz: the Gasthaus Flosz: http://www.flosz.at/flosz/index.php

    If you love cakes there are two sure hits:
    1. Demel
    Demel is the best. http://www.demel.at/en/frames/index_w...

    2. Aida:
    Aida is a chain with many outlets in town, and their quality/price ratio is outstanding. I am not sure about the tea, but their coffee is among the best in town as well…
    http://www.aida.at/cafe/index.php?mod...

    If you want to have tea time British style, there is no way around the Haas&Haas behind the St.Stephen cathedral.
    http://www.haas-haas.at/en/gastronomi...

    For "light lunch" before, during or after museum visits there is an easy choice: stay right there at the museum !!
    At every museum there is a great cafeteria with excellent quality food:
    The Do&Co Albertina
    The Gerstner at Kunsthistorische Museum
    The Cafe Leopold at Leopold Museum
    The Hill at the Belvedere
    etc., etc.

    Of course there are more down-to-earth alternatives:
    Albertina: the Gasthaus Reinthaler on Gluckgasse
    http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaura...
    Kunsthistorisches Museum and Leopold Museum: the Glacisbeisl
    http://www.glacisbeisl.at/Glacis_Stan...
    Belvedere: the Restaurant Sperl on Karolinengasse
    http://www.restaurant-sperl.at/index....

    And just one more thing:
    1. Forget Naschmarkt. Not worth to spend even five minutes on this giant tourist trap.
    2. Be aware that smoking is still allowed in many places.

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    1. re: Sturmi

      Thank you - I very much appreciate all your suggestions.