Coffee Houses in Vienna
The Kaffeehaus (traditional coffee house) is a typical Viennese institution. Basically a café for enjoying a good cup of coffee with friends or accompanied by a newspaper in a relaxed atmosphere, different other treats (such as tea, drinks, cakes and small snacks) are served as well. Visiting a couple of these places reveals a great variety and is definitely a must for every visitor to Vienna.
The Vienna coffeehouses are said to date back to the 17th century Ottoman wars: When Vienna was liberated from the second Turkish siege by an Polish-Habsburg army in 1683, the victorious allies captured numerous sacks with coffee beans they initially thought were camel feed. A wise Polish army officer, understanding the actual value of these beans, is said to have asked his king Jan Sobieski for the coffee bags and thus was able to open up the first coffeehouse in Vienna - consequently establishing the long tradition of the Viennese Kaffeehaus.
The popularity of the Coffee Houses in Vienna and their importance to Vienna social life is probably linked as well to the extremely relaxed atmosphere inside these Cafés: It is completely normal for the guest to linger alone for hours and study the omnipresent newspapers. Along with coffee, the waiter will serve an obligatory glass of cold tap water and during a long stay will often bring additional water unrequested, with the idea being that you are a guest who should feel welcomed and not pressured to leave for another patron.
At least a couple of visits to a Kaffeehaus are compulsory if you want to understand Viennese traditions!
Vienna Coffee House Longlist
The following section provides a comprehensive listing of all the famous Coffeehouses and Cafés in Vienna:
Opened up in 1876 in the former Vienna stock exchange premises in Palais Ferstel, the Café Central has always been home to great philosophers, poets and leaders (such as Leo Trotzky, Arthur Schnitzler, Peter Altenberg or Sigmund Freud). Impressive interieur within a high columned hall, often crowded tourist spot.
when? Mon to Sat 7.30am to 10pm, Sun 10am to 10pm
where? 1010, Herrengasse 14, near U3 Herrengasse (see website)
This café is part of the famous chocolatier (K&K Hofzuckerbäcker) Demel in Vienna, home of some of the best confections of pastry in town. This house of great tradition was established in 1786 on the Michaelerplatz. An interesting experience: all guests are addressed by the waitresses in the 3rd person!
when? daily 9am to 19pm
where? 1010, Kohlmarkt 14, near U3 Herrengasse (see website)
Café de l´Europe
This first Italian style coffeehouse in Vienna opened up in 1951. Since then it has been a popular meeting place for tourists and the Viennese alike. On the ground floor coffee lovers may savour the incomparable blend of coffee, while the tearoom upstairs invites to relax and enjoy a great view of the Graben.
when? daily 7am to midnight
where? 1010, Am Graben 31, next to U1 Stephansplatz (see website)
This coffeehouse in the 1st District represents one of the best known meeting-points for writers and artists in Vienna. Run by the Hawelka family since 1939, this café offers a unique atmosphere. Try the famed late-night Buchteln (Austrian sweet yeast buns), probably even accompanied with a beer...!
when? mon-sat 8am to 2am, sunday 10am to 2am, tuesday closed
where? 1010, Dorotheergasse 6, close to U1 Stephansplatz (see website)
One of the best-known cafés at Vienna's majestic Ringstrasse, the Café Landtmann right beside the Burgtheater is known to be a hub for leading politicians and managers in Vienna. Besides many breakfast options, coffee and pastries, a vast array of culinary delights is offered here as well.
when? daily 7h30am to midnight
where? 1010, Dr. Karl Lueger Ring 4, close to U2 Schottentor (see website)
The Café Griensteidl, established in 1847 by a former pharmacist, was soon to be reknown as a meeting point of young Vienna artists (such as Franz Grillparzer, Hermann Bahr or Arthur Schnitzler), but unfortunately closed down only 50 years later. Completely renovated, the café re-opened in 1990 as part of the Do&Co-group.
when? daily 8am to 11h30pm
where? 1010, Michaelerplatz 2, near U3 Herrengasse (see website)
In this establishment located on the Albertina square behind the Vienna Opera house, the first coffeehouse was opened up in 1794, soon after the death of Mozart. Elegant setting in a smoke-free environment, nice Schanigarten (open air section). Great breakfast options available - "Third Man Breakfast" until 3pm!
when? daily 8am to midnight
where? 1010, Albertinaplatz 2, near U1/2/4 Karlsplatz (see website)
The interior design of this traditional Viennese Kaffeehaus was drafted by Adolf Loos, a famous Austrian architect of Modernism and Art Nouveau, and completely rebovated in 2003. Frequented by artists in the early 20th century, the café periodically offers exhibitions. Free WLAN, just ask the waiter for the access code!
when? mon-sat 8am to midnight, sun 10am to midnight
where? 1010, Operngasse 7, near U1/2/4 Karlsplatz (see website)
This café on Ringstrasse opposite the MAK (Museum of Fine Arts) inspires its patrons not only with a full range of traditional coffee specialities and pastries, but also with its unique 1950s interior. Regular special events such as live piano evenings and literature readings as well as free WLAN!
when? daily 8h30am to 10pm
where? 1010, Stubenring 24, near U3 Stubentor (see website)
Part of the world-renowned Hotel Sacher, this traditional and elegant café is part of the glamorous Viennese coffeehouse tradition. Make sure to treat yourself to an Original Sacher-Torte (probably the world´s most famous chocolate cake) with your coffee! Open terrace facing the Opera house in summer.
when? daily 8h00am to midnight
where? 1010, Philharmonikerstrasse 4, next to the Opera house (see website)
The Café Schwarzenberg opened up 1860 as one of the first cafés at the Ringstrasse boulevard. Enjoy traditional coffee specialties, fine pastries and delicious treats of the Viennese cuisine. The culinary offers are rounded off by cultural events such as exhibitions, concerts or readings.
when? sun-fri 7h00am to midnight, sat 9h00am to midnight
where? 1010 Kärntner Ring 17, at Schwarzenbergplatz (see website)
Map of Coffeehouses in Vienna
In order to find your way to all the Cafés in Vienna mentioned here, and hopefully discover the best Viennese coffeehouse for yourself, we provided an aerial view of the Vienna city center with all the relevant coffeehouses as well as the significant subway stations:
Most of the Coffeehouses in Vienna are located in and around the city center:
(1) Café Central
(2) Café Demel
(3) Café de l´Europe
(4) Café Griensteindl
(5) Café Hawelka
(6) Café Landtmann
(7) Café Mozart
(8) Café Museum
(9) Café Prückel
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