The Viennese coffee house

Viennese cult and oasis of cosiness

Daniela Kurz
15 September 2017

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and delicate desserts, heated discussions and crinkling newspapers : Welcome to the Viennese coffee house. 

The Viennese have turned coffee into a cult, the cafe to their “extended living room”. In Vienna coffee-house culture is truly “lived”.

In 1685, a spy of the imperial court founded the first Viennese coffee house and thereby arose the Austrian’s interest and love for coffee. Ever since, the Viennese coffee house has been a meeting place for extraordinary people. Whether poets, thinkers, painters or revolutionaries - they all sought the (spiritual) exchange, the diverse offer of newspapers, heated debates, or just the atmosphere.

To this day, plush benches, marbled and mildly muted light invite you to linger. The cosy atmosphere is complemented with Viennese coffee specialities such as “Verlängerter”, Melange and CO. In addition, homemade pastries and delicious sweets are served.

The Vienna coffee houses are always worth a visit, particularly in the cooler seasons such as winter or fall, when the cosy coffeehouses are the perfect spot for a coffee break with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and some sweet treats. In the summer, the coffee houses provide out-door seating to enjoy the view of the hustle and bustle in the streets.

In these Viennese coffee houses in the Old Town of Vienna, here you will encounter Viennese coffee house culture in its most original form.

Café Central

The Café Central is only a few minutes' walk away from St. Stephen's Cathedral. In 1876, the legendary literary café in the Palais Ferstel opened its doors for the first time. During the turn of the 20th century, it was a popular meeting place for personalities from the fields of art, literature, politics and science. Café Central offers homemade coffee and delicious pastries as well as live-piano music (daily from 5 pm).

Café Demel

The lovely decorated shop windows and showcases of the former k.u.k. Imperial Bakery Demel lure with confectionery, pastries and desserts. Located on the famous Viennese Kohlmarkt, Café Demel still has traditions today. After 200 years, the company keeps the tradition of its female sales staff.

Café Hawelka

The Hawelka is a meeting place for literary artists and artists of today and now, due to its very special charm, belongs to the probably most famous coffee houses of the city.

Café Hofburg

Café Hofburg is located in the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) complex, right next to the entrance of the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments. It is therefore ideal to take a rest and relax there before or after a visit to the Imperial Palace.

Café Imperial

The Café Imperial (in today's Hotel Imperial) was opened on the occasion of the World Exhibition in 1873 and quickly became the meeting place for Viennese society. Coffee specialities and the famous Imperial Torte invite you to linger.

Café Landtmann

In 1873, the Café Landtmann was opened by Franz Landtmann. Since then it has been Vienna's largest and most elegant café. Café Landtmann has always been one of the most popular meeting places for celebrities in Vienna. Among them was Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Max Reinhardt, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider, Burt Lancaster, Hans Moser, Dutch Queen Juliane, Hillary Clinton and Sir Paul Mc Cartney.

Café Mozart

The world-famous Viennese coffee house behind the state opera spoils it’s guests with coffee specialties, pies, pastries and classic Viennese cuisine. International newspapers are available for reading. Since 1794, the Café Mozart has been open for business or private exchanges.

Café Sacher

At Café Sacher, you can enjoy the original Sacher torte with a cup of Sacher coffee in a cosy Viennese atmosphere. The beautiful winter garden with a view of the State Opera turns into a terrace in the summer and is the perfect place to experience the hustle and bustle of the city.

Cafe Schwarzenberg

The oldest Viennese Ringstraße-Café offers coffee specialties in FAIRTRADE quality, fine sweets and Viennese delicacies. The Café Schwarzenberg has been the focus of Austrian gastronomy for centuries.

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Package "Taste Vienna" 

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