Way back when – way longer than I’m willing to admit – I studied abroad in Vienna, Austria for a semester. Vienna was littered with these little coffeehouses where people would actually sit down (what a concept!), read the paper or chat with friends, and enjoy their coffee and a sweet treat. I loved the idea this part of the culture because it forced you to slow down and relax.
Imagine my surprise when I moved to Chicago and found Julius Meinl – a coffeehouse owned by one of the most popular Viennese coffee brands. Plus, it’s the only Julius Meinl coffeehouse in the United States.
Keeping with coffeehouse tradition, the coffee is served on a silver platter with a small cookie and a water to cut the bitterness of the coffee. If you really want to show your Viennese chops, ask for a melange which is a specialty coffee similar to a cappuccino.
At Julius Meinl, you are encouraged to stay a while to read, relax, or chat with friends. They never rush you to turn over tables, even during the busy weekend morning rush.
If you are hungry, try the baked eggs or the oatmeal from their brunch menu. They also serve wonderful jams with their bread.
Try a piece of the Viennese culture next time your in Chicago.