No visit back to Austria is complete without a small trip down memory lane. This time around I took Victoria to a coffee shop in Linz that has been around since 1872 and where I spent oodles of hours some 30 years ago.
Not much has changed since, still the same good service, largest selection of newspapers and magazines in town and a front row seat for excellent people watching.
Coffee culture in Austria is slightly different from your average Starbucks experience where 90% of the business is takeout.
Here you sit, meet and talk, or read newspapers for hours and nobody will ask you too harshly to consume more or vacate your table. A novel concept for North America, where turnover is everything, but it does work apparently, how else could they have stayed in business longer than 140 years.....in the same family no less.
During the times when I worked in that city, Cafe Traxlmayr was the place to meet. The now dedicated smoking section used to be a chess playing area where at all times of day you would be able to engage or watch a game. If you wanted to be reachable pre cell phone era, you'd just leave the Cafe's phone number at your office or home and the staff would page you in case someone called for you. I think a lot of people just had themselves called to show off that they can hang out at a coffee shop all day.
Linz is not the most touristy town, but if you find yourself on the road through Austria, it's worth a stop and then of course a coffee here is great idea.
The place as quite busy Saturday afternoon and I did not want to take too many shots, so here is a link to their website.
OUR FAVORITE CAFE IN LINZ
PLENTY OF NEWSPAPERS TO READ
ALL DRINKS SERVED ON SMALL TRAYS
YOU CAN SIT THERE FOR HOURS
VICTORIA'S SNACK. HAM & EGGS
THE ORIGINAL PHONE BOOTH