11 April 1911 - 29 December 2011
"... it must be said
that the Viennese coffeehouse
is a particular institution
which is not comparable to any other
in the world..." *
* Stefan Zweig,
"The World of Yesterday.
Memories of a European"
I remember reading those lines
for the first time, far from Vienna,
and I have reread Zweig's poignant memoirs
a few times since.
It still seems unreal
that I live here now and
more than five years have passed
since I first set foot into Hawelka's.
I still think of Stefan Zweig
when I go there.
Hawelka's coffee Melange is among Vienna's best.
I often need two, to last me through my readings,
with a soft-boiled egg - brain food, you know.
Photographed on a
Saturday morning in spring 2011
"Viennese Cafe Icon Leopold Hawelka,
host to princes, poets and playwrights,
dead at 100"
(Quoited from the article in the Washington Post -
click on the text to read more)
Images and own text
© by Merisi
First published with the title
"Café Hawelka - "Where once upon a time is now"