The hills are alive with the… aroma of coffee?

Salzburg is haven for The Sound of Music aficionados from around the world, but the Austrian city is also famed for its Kaffeekultur (or coffee culture). Traditional coffee houses or Kaffeehäuser abound. A beloved local beverage is the Einspänner, a strong black coffee topped with whipped cream and served with powdered sugar on the side.

One would be forgiven for assuming the Third Wave (of coffee, that is) never arrived in Salzburg but for a lone champion of specialty coffee in the city: Kaffee-Alchemie. Here, the truly alchemical properties of good coffee can be found and the café is worth a short trek along the river Salzach away from the tourist traps.

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