Cafe Bazar is, along with Cafe Tomaselli , a classic Viennese coffeehouse. In the summer months, the combination of its ... More
Cafe Bazar is, along with Cafe Tomaselli , a classic Viennese coffeehouse. In the summer months, the combination of its wonderful terrace and its spectacular location on the banks of Salzach River mean brisk business for this cafe - it can be a bit of a challenge to get a seat. Yet in winter as well as summer, this elegant, spacious, high-ceiling coffeehouse is a haunt of students, actors, celebrities, shoppers, Salzburg's elderly and the city's intellectuals. Naturally, a huge range of national and international newspapers are available daily. If the waiter is in some way unfriendly, relax, it's part of the experience.
Cafe Bazar is a place to go to enjoy for yourself, to relax, to feel at home, to feel a part of life in the city. Go with the mindset of a traveller rather than a tourist ticking the box for an "experience" and you will not be disappointed.
The cafe itself is located directly across the bridge from the Altstadt, in a wonderful building (have a look from a distance) and next door to famous Hotel Sacher is large, beautifully wood panelled and mirrored and is home to all kinds of patrons. The terrace outside in summer, is right at the river, and at night affords stunning views of the lit domes and steeples of the old town on the other side ...we found this preferable to the much more famous and tourist packed Tomaselli (it is though a great cafe) in the Altstadt.
Cafe Bazar offers the usual light meals, cakes, pastries and drinks (and breakfasts from early morning)served with efficiency and just that hint of Austrian friendly off-handedness that announces you are a customer rather than a tourist being patronised. We speak a bit of German which may help but it's not essential.
Take a newspaper from the stand, allow plenty time to read, chat, write a diary or postcards, savour a drink, note the variety of your fellow patrons and leave refreshed and relaxed to enter the fray of your holiday again (or return to hotel to bed) give it a try, enjoy!!
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