The Cafe Damel bakery was founded in 1785, when it was bought a century later by Christophe Demel and since then it has been named after him. The pastry shop is located at the edge of Kohlmarkt, Vienna's most expensive street. It has a sun terrace with tables, an inviting Baroque entrance, hanging crystal chandeliers and mirrored wall panels.
Demel boasts the status of “Kaiserlich und Königlich”, which means that it is an official supplier of the empire and the royal family.
To complete the experience, the pastry shop has a glass wall through which diners can see the bakers preparing their excellent strudels and cakes. The coffee will be served here from fancy containers and the chocolate drinks , which we are usually made from the powder, is made from real chocolate.
When the dough is spread on the table, sprinkle some apples, raisins, almonds, sugar, cinnamon and a little lemon, so that the flavor will balance the taste of the apple. Finally, roll the strudel and put it in the oven.
The cafés here are very relaxed, which is part of the Viennese culture. Here you can sit for hours and even a whole day reading newspapers and not rushing anywhere, without anyone having a problem with it.
Dozens of coffees types are offered here and you can ask for a guided tour with photos of all the kinds of coffee. In any case, if the waiters asks you if you want "ober" in your coffee, it mean adding whipped cream on top of your coffee.
Alongside with coffee in Vienna, the waiters tend to always serve a glass of water and they will fill it again and again until the customer leaves. They will always be dressed, by the way, in a white shirt and dark trousers, a respectable and meticulous attire that is mandatory in the Viennese cafes.
The design here often conveys the appearance and atmosphere of the past, although over the years of the modern era, some of Vienna's cafes changed the traditional design for a modern, young, elegant and more modern design.