4 under the lens: Wiener Eiskaffee

Wiener Eiskaffee (or Viennese iced coffee) is a summer must in Vienna for tourists and locals alike.

It is made of cold coffee poured over vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream and a wafer. Some cafés in Vienna also add chocolate-covered coffee beans on the top, while others serve extra Manner vanilla cream-filled wafers.

Here is a review of four Eiskaffee‘s I’ve tried out lately. The overall rating is based on the quality of an Eiskaffee‘s main four ingredients (coffee, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, wafer), as well as any extras served with the Eiskaffee.

Ratings: Outstanding / Very good / Mediocre / Bad / Terrible

Café Mozart

The location of this café is superb, vis-à-vis the Albertina art museum. It is here that Graham Greene worked on the screenplay of The Third Man in 1947. One of the things I like best about this place is the classical music in the background.

My Eiskaffee expectations here were probably too high. I love their Mozart coffee specialty (coffee, chocolate liqueur, whipped cream, almonds) and was pretty sure their Eiskaffee wouldn’t be any less divine.

But I got disappointed.

Not that the Eiskaffee was bad, it just wasn’t that good to make me want to go back for more. What disappointed me the most is that there was very little vanilla ice cream in it, so it tasted more like a cold coffee. Though the coffee didn’t taste bad at all.

What I did like is that they serve an extra Manner vanilla cream-filled wafer, which makes an excellent accompaniment to the Eiskaffee (and ice cream in general).

Price: 6,00 €

Rating: Mediocre

Café Landmann

This is one of the seven coffee houses (incl. Café Mozart above) owned by the family Querfeld. It is situated very close to the city hall (Rathaus) and the Austrian National Theater (Burgtheater).

Their Eiskaffee had a very “classic” taste, with just the right amount of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. The coffee tasted good, too.

I am glad they didn’t put too much chocolate sauce on the top, as it could have made the Eiskaffee taste far too sweet.

Serving an extra Manner vanilla-cream filled wafer is always a great idea!

Price: 6,00 €

Rating: Very good

Café Schwarzenberg

The decor of this café is quite impressive. The place is always packed with guests from morning till evening.

This was sadly the worst Eiskaffee I’ve had. The coffee tasted terribly and the ice cream was too “icy”, meaning it literally had small pieces of ice in it.

I didn’t quite like their choice of a wafer heart instead of the usual rolled wafer, either. The biscuit wasn’t even crunchy.

The whipped cream was fine, but couldn’t do much to make the Eiskaffee taste better.

As for the extras, the three chocolate-covered coffee beans added over the whipped cream are another thing I could have done without.

Price: 4,90 €

Rating: Terrible

Café Central

I conclude this post with my favorite Viennese café – by far. It seems to have gotten everything right: the food, the coffee, the interiors, the service… And it is the only café in town offering live piano music every single day from 5 to 10 p.m.

As everything else in this place, their Eiskaffee was also perfect – from the coffee, to the vanilla ice cream and the all the rest. They sprinkle chocolate powder on the top.

This is the only Eiskaffee I’ve had more than once and intend to have again before I leave Vienna. It tastes lovely!

Price: 5,10 €

Rating: Outstanding

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