4 under the lens: Breakfast spots in Vienna

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, at least for the Viennese it certainly is.

The typical Wiener Frühstück (meaning “Viennese breakfast” in German) is composed of coffee, orange juice, croissant, bread, butter, jam. But there are many other breakfast combinations served in dozens of cafés and restaurants in the city.

Here is a review of four breakfast places I’ve tried out over the past weeks. The overall rating is based on the quality of the food, as well as on the variety of breakfast options offered by the restaurant’s menu.

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.

And every day till 3 p.m. Café Mozart serves “The Third Man Breakfast”: a hot drink (e.g. coffee, tea, cappuccino), orange juice, sliced cheese, cottage cheese, ham, bread, butter, jam, seasonal fruits, yogurt with granola and fruits.

And, trust me, that’s more than enough to make you feel full for the rest of the day!

Rating: Very good

Website: http://www.cafe-mozart.at

Le Bol

Everything in this place is très français: the menu is written in French, most of the newspapers and magazines provided are French, the music played in the background is French, and… the waitresses take your order in French! But anyway…

Le Bol is one of many places in Vienna serving breakfast pretty much the whole day.

Pictured here are a small(!) cheese platter (7,40 €) and a petit-déjeuner Le Bol (7,10 €). The latter includes: ham, brie cheese, soft-boiled egg, jam, honey, butter, croissant, and orange juice. A hot beverage is not included.

The food is really fabulous and the portions extremely generous. I wonder what a “big” cheese platter would have looked like!

Rating: Outstanding

Website: http://www.lebol.at

Motto am Fluss

Motto am Fluss is built in the shape of a ship and overlooks the Danube canal, making it a perfect spot for an outdoor breakfast on a weekend morning. Luckily, for rainy or cold days, its indoor seating is also nice.

Breakfast is served daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pictured here: caffe latte, freshly-squeezed orange juice, Urlaib bread (whole grain bread), La Marianne bread (sourdough bread), butter, emmental cheese, and camembert cheese.

Had I known in advance how big a portion of cheese really was (five pieces!), I wouldn’t have ordered both cheese types… but they were really good!

Rating: Very good

Website: http://www.motto.at/mottoamfluss

Café Griensteidl

This is a typical Viennese café where people come for a long hour or two of coffee-sipping, cake-eating, and paper-reading.

Forget fancy breakfast combinations or exotic fruit salads. Café Griensteidl‘s breakfast menu is rather small, and I couldn’t even order a cheese platter with bread.

Instead, I could have a Käsebrot, which is “open cheese sandwich” with only one available type of sliced cheese. It tasted good, though!

Rating: Mediocre

Website: www.cafegriensteidl.at

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