|Volksgarten. Public park in Vienna, part of the Hofburg Palace.|
“An asylum for those who want to kill time without being killed by it.” -Alfred Polgar
I lingered for many unhurried hours in Vienna's most beautiful cafes, sipping wine or having tea and pancakes with cranberry jam, people-watching and drawing. This series of drawings is from Cafe Sperl. I went there more than once. Its ornamental interior and predominantly Austrian patronage created a very special atmosphere. Some of the other cafes I visited were frequented by Mozart and Freud (drawings coming soon.)
Since 2011, Wiener Kaffeehaus is listed with UNESCO as "Intangible Cultural Heritage", with the following description: "[a place] where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill."
|Cafe Sperl. The waiters.|
|Cafe Sperl. Lady in the niche.|
|Cafe Sperl. A local patron who came in for a cup of espresso and news. It's customary to offer daily newspapers that are fitted into large wooden frames in every cafe.|