Cafes & Stubes

The popular Café Aquila (tel. 05446/2217) achieved a certain kind of fame in the ski world as the Café Tschol. Now under another name, it lies just across the street from its founder, the Hotel Schwarzer Adler. Light meals, pastries, beer, wine, tea, and several varieties of coffee are served here. Dishes include spaghetti, goulash soup, spinach-stuffed ravioli, and a self-serve buffet of appetizers. Simple, uncomplicated meals begin at 12€ ($19), although snack food is also available. It's open daily from 10am to midnight.

Our favorite cafe in St. Anton, Café Haeferl (tel. 05446/3988), seems more animated and more folkloric than any of its competitors, thanks to a decor that's rich with Tyrolean artifacts and the glow of varnished pine. Inside you'll find a crowd that includes dedicated hipsters, as well as long-time seniors looking for a caffeine fix and a midmorning pastry. Don't expect full meal service -- only salads, platters, and small portions of such foods as goulash soup and toasts (sandwiches) are served. It's open daily from 8:30am to 10pm. You might want to drink or eat all day at Fuhrmannstube (tel. 05446/2921). Conveniently located near the town church on the main street, this rustic cafe and restaurant serves reasonably priced meals starting at 7.90€ ($13). It has a predictable but well-prepared array of such Teutonic specialties as rösti (hash browns), spätzle (pasta), goulash, and venison (in season). It's open daily from 10am to midnight; closed in May, June, October, and November.

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