Drink Viennese coffee

6 May

As much as I enjoy clocking out at 5pm on a weekday, it is a pain when your friends only finish later and make arrangements to meet at 7 one tube stop away from the office. So what do you do with 2 hours spare? Go shopping, stay at your desk and answer emails, have a drink somewhere? With the first two unappealing (not enough hands and it had been a long week), I opted for the latter, but not alcohol (it had been a heavy drinking session the night before here) and went for coffee.

Camden Passage in Angel is always an area I walk past on my way somewhere else where I end up saying to myself: ‘Must remember to come back here,’ so with dinner only a street away from it, I took my free evening paper and went in search of Kipferl – a Viennese cafe that had been highly rated by bean hunters in London.

With the gloomy weather we’ve been having lately, the interior was cosy in a pared-down, Continental way and as I’ve never been to Austria was reminiscent of the great cafes I visited in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg.

The back is a restaurant specialising in Austrian fare, particularly sausages, while the front is a cafe offering Austrian coffee and cakes like strudel and Sachertorte. Keeping it simple (I was going out for dinner after all) I ordered a latte and a vanille kipferl – a buttery shortbread crescent dusted in icing sugar.

It was great to sit back, sip my good latte, nibble my kipferl and finish the crossword without feeling harassed by the staff to hurry up and give up my table for someone else.

Was really glad I did remember come back that way.

PS The dinner date was a birthday celebration here. And though I’m not an eat-as-much-as-you-like buffet fan, the mood was festive, food tasty and plentiful – and on another spectrum to my two hours before. But that’s London, eh?

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