A fine cup of tea
Vienna is well known for its famous coffee houses, which are already an UNESCO cultural heritage too. Nevertheless it is also worth looking over the edge of your cup of coffee to tea, because for that Vienna also offer a fine selection of tea houses. And to be honest, especially now when the days get shorter and cooler a cup of hot tea is very welcome.
Even more tea in the city center
In the Inner City there are three very wellknown tea shops.
One rich in tradition is Theehandlung Schönbichler. Here you really find lots of teas from all over the world. One special feature is a small but memorable book. At Schönbichler's you have the possibility to create your very personal tea mixture. This mixture is then being written in the book together with your name. So for the next time you come there you just have to say the name and get your very own mixture. And in the tea salon you can then try all the teas and enjoy fine delights.
Also long-established is Haas & Haas right behind the St Stephens Cathedral. Here you will find too a huge selection of teas. What can be highly recommended is the restaurant they have where you can try all their teas. One highlight is surely the Afternoon tea. They offer you a wide range of varietes from a tradtitional british one up to a russion version with blinis and salmon. Also the breakfast offer is worth trying it. In summer you can enjoy the tea (or icetea) in the enclosed garden, relaxing from an exciting day in Vienna.
Demmer's Teehandlung is the third of the teashops in the Inner City, having like the other two an huge selection of teas. And in the enclosed Teesalon you can try all of them.
More tea specialities
If we spend some more words on afternoon tea, then you can also have a look at the Steigenbergerhotel Herrenhof where they serve you an afternoon tea every day.
For all those who are more interested in green tea just make a short walk to the 7th district to Teehaus Artee. This shop also offers traditional tea ceremonies.
This list could be written even longer and more and more small but fine tea houses are establishing themselves in Vienna so that the culture of getting fine tea is establishing too in Vienna. This really sounds like a great alternative to coffeehouses.
Greetings from the Appartements Ferchergasse