In its golden age, Vienna, the capital of the large Austrian empire, was famous for its coffee houses that were frequently the meeting place for professional and intellectual classes from every corner of the empire. Old Vienna Coffee House in Sydney continues the custom within the elegant and inspiring atmosphere of the heritage listed Queen Victoria Building (a shopping mall nowadays!).
There is a nice and romantic setting within the café itself, but we chose to sit outside, just next to the railings for some people-watching and great views of the interior design of the Queen Victoria Building.
Prices are a little on the high side, but given that this is Queen Victoria Building, the other dining options are equally or more expensive.
Raisin Toast which comes with choice of Cappuccino, Long Black, Espresso and Macchiato at AUD $10.50. This is about the cheapest set meal we could find in the menu. Although the toast did taste above average, we were slightly disappointed with the serving size and its sloppy presentation for a dish of that price.
Carbonara at AUD $24. Once again, this is pretty steep for a dish of such presentation and serving size. It’s not the best carbonara either, but it’ll do for a hungry person.
The only saving grace was its coffee, but you could hardly go wrong with coffee in Australia.
Verdict: Nice ambience but average food. It has a great atmosphere for some afternoon tea and finger food. Otherwise, its main dishes are average and comes with somewhat elevated prices.