Vienna is an absolute mecca for coffee lovers as the kaffeehäuser (coffee house) scene is alive and thriving, as it always has been. Over the years some of the world’s top politicians and notable icons in fashion and film have graced the classic coffee houses, while today they retain their elegance and charisma with ease. With that, here’s a quick guide to Vienna’s coffee houses!
The Art of the Viennese Kaffeehaus
It is also important to note that there is a certain art to attending a coffee house – that which could be described as a disregard for time. The idea is that the patron ‘rents’ that table space by ordering a coffee and is not only entitled but welcome to stay for as long as they please. By all means you’d be welcome to stay all day after ordering just one coffee!
Classic Vienna Coffee Houses
For a grand affair, it doesn’t get much more opulent than Café Sacher, home to the famous Sacher-Torte (a rich chocolate cake with apricot jam – deeeeelicious).
Location: Philharmonikerstrasse 4
Famous for its Sperl torte, this particular coffee house has a bit of a grungier speakeasy vibe, making it great for a classic with a twist.
Location: Gumpendorferstrasse 11
Demel is one of my favourite coffee houses for its extravagant selection of sweet treats and delicious hot chocolate with whipped cream. Be sure to try the Demeltorte – their specialty which rivals the Sachertorte!
Location: Kohlmarkt 14
If you’re after a perfect place to kick back and people watch, Aida is located right near the Stephensdom Cathedral and overlooks the busy shopping street below, Kärntner Strasse.
Location: Singerstrasse 1.
The famous Café Central is another popular icon and perhaps the most well known. With that comes the typical wait times (and to be honest, it is a little overly touristy nowadays), but a great choice if you’re looking for the quintessential pick of the bunch!
Location: Herrengasse 14
Coffee Houses for Something a Little Different
This is a great choice for a cheaper, more localised experience.
Location: Hamburgerstrasse 20
Another classic with live piano music on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm through til 11pm.
Location: Wollzeile 10
Another classic that has been particularly popular among celebrities over the years.
Location: Universitätsring 4