I've recently been undertaking a cafe tour of Vienna with friends, so am getting a fair idea of what a good 'Viennese' cafe looks like. Of course, it's a question of personal taste, but I found Cafe Landtmann to be that bit too touristy and not cozy enough for my liking. Given its location (opposite Rathausplatz, right on the Ringstrasse) this is unsurprising, but I still think there is better to be found if you're after the authentic Viennese 'cafe experience' (such as Cafe Pruckel and Cafe Central).
Firstly, we had to wait a while to establish whether there was a table or not - the waiters were not particularly helpful on this score, though there were attentive when we finally sat down and ordered. The food and drink that we ordered was good quality - I had the hot lemonade, which I've never had before and is definitely worth a try. My friend said the hot chocolate was good and we shared the tasting trio of cakes (Mozart Kuche, Sacher Torte and one other...) - they were also good, but not exceptional. I've had better in cheaper places - this is an expensive cafe, even by Viennese standards.
Overall, it was a pleasant enough experience to get out of the cold, but was not a cafe where I felt comfortable to linger for hours over a coffee, chatting to a friend or reading a newspaper - this is what I look for in a cafe in Vienna, and if that's what you're looking for as well, this is not your place.
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