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12 Best Vienna Coffeehouses: My Vienna Café Guide

Honestly, you will find a café in Vienna at almost every corner. But which are the best Vienna coffeehouses? Definitely, a great Kaffeehaus  in my home city has its own story, original atmosphere and offer. Some have their own signature cake or coffee speciality.  Use my Vienna café guide below to add the most blissful stopovers to your sightseeing.

For ease of use you can also download this guide as a neat pdf together with my best tips for restaurants, cake shops and wineries, as a supplement to my Vienna City Guide.

Café Landtmann

Best Vienna Coffeehouses: Cafe LandtmannBest Vienna Coffeehouses.  Clearly the Landtmann represents Vienna’s picture book Ringstrassencafé. No other café in Vienna boasts that mix of plush upholstery, starched white table cloths, fine wood panels and exquisite coffee and cake specialities.

While the Landtmann is popular with top local officials, business people and for press conferences it does attract a fair amount of travellers, too. In the summer the outdoor seating with views of Ringstrasse and Burgtheater are priceless. By all means, try one of their cakes, and Eiskaffee during the warmer months.

WLAN access: yes
Location: Universitätsstrasse 4, A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: daily, 10am to to midnight

Café Frauenhuber

best Vienna Coffeehouses: Cafe FrauenhuberBest Vienna Coffeehouses. Different from well-groomed Landtmann, Vienna’s oldest coffeehouse exudes living room atmosphere. Specifically, Frauenhuber’s red velvet benches and lace curtains together with Persian carpets and that Biedermeier display cabinet beam me back to my late Viennese grandparents.

Although Mozart and Beethoven don’t entertain here any more Frauenhuber manages to compensate, if only with great atmosphere, Frankfurter sausage and Semmerl, or simply a Melange with cream. On top, the café’s central location make it an easy stopover during your Vienna sightseeing.

WLAN access: yes
Location: Himmelpfortgasse 6, A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 8.00 am to midnight; Sun and public holidays: 10.00 am to 10.00 pm

Café Sperl

Best Vienna coffeehouses: Cafe SperlBest Vienna Coffeehouses.  Even if Sperl has moved on from being a well kept secret, the popular neighbourhood cafe in Mariahilf is hard to beat on atmosphere: From cosy window niches, wood panels and velvet benches to an old piano and a billard table it ticks all the boxes.

Every Sunday afternoon between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm, Herr Kriener entertains guests with operetta tunes, in honour of late operetta composer and coffeehouse regular Emmerich Kalman. This is also a good place for diving into international newspapers. While staff is generally friendly ask for the bill right when you get served, if you are short on time.

WLAN access: yes
Location: Gumpendorferstrasse 11, A-1060 Vienna
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 7am to 11pm;

Café Museum

Vienna coffeehouses favourites: Cafe MuseumBest Vienna Coffeehouses. Since Café Museum re-installed its original 1930’s design its popularity has rocketed: I love the semi-circled boxes, red velvet upholstery and large retro-style mirrored globes hanging from the ceiling. However, even its original minimalist interieur by Adolf Loos attracted an audience in Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: especially artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner, and Elias Canetti.

Altogether the area is quite spacious and the Museum has a quiet separate room in the back for business and other talks. First thing to watch out for as you enter: the enormous vitrine populated with the most amazing cake and sweet selection. Located on Karlsplatz, the Museum is a good starting point for my Art Nouveau walk.

WLAN access: yes
Location: Operngasse 7 / Karlsplatz
Opening hours: daily, 8am to midnight

Café Ansari

Best Vienna Coffeehouses: Cafe AnsariBest Vienna Coffeehouses. Because of its contemporary style this café is not an obvious one when you visit Vienna. Having directly evolved from traditional coffeehouses, it’s definitely interesting for nostalgic fans, too. I love those large globe lamps in the windows, the dark wooden coffeehouse chairs and the tiled floor in the back rooms. In line with many modern cafés, the tables have become larger in size.

In the warm months sit under the shady trees and inhale that laid back Leopoldstadt flair. As inspired as the café is Ansari’s food and drink.

WLAN access: yes
Location: Praterstrasse 25, 1020 Vienna
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8.00 am to 11.00 pm; Sunday 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

Café Hawelka

Vienna coffeehouses, favourites: Cafe HawelkaBest Vienna Coffeehouses.  Probably the most legendary bohemian spot in Wien, Hawelka is a Viennese institution. While literature fans recall Friedrich Torberg’s hang for Hawelka, middle aged Viennese rave about late Mrs. Hawelka’s Buchteln (yeast buns filled with plum jam) and hum the ‘Hawelka’ song of the 1970s.

Despite a fair share of travelers among the guests Hawelka has managed to guard its authentic charm. Expect original wooden Thonet chairs, vintage posters and a creaking parquet. Rather unusually for Vienna coffeehouses, I have only experienced extremely friendly waiters and great service there. In addition, Hawelka is just five minutes from Vienna attraction Stephansdom and a great place to rest during your Old Vienna walk.

WLAN access: yes
Location: Dorotheergasse 6, A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 8am to 2am; Sun and public holidays 10am to 2am; (you are more likely to get a table during the week before lunch or in the evenings)

Café Central

Vienna coffeehouses favourites: Cafe CentralBest Vienna Coffeehouses.  Its marble columns, vaulted and painted ceilings, and large paintings of Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Sisi make Café Central one of the most elegant Vienna coffeehouses. In the early 20th century, this Wiener Kaffeehaus had been a legendary meeting point for Austrian artists and writers such as Oskar Kokoschka, Adolf Loos and Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Yes, there are usually loads of tourists. Having said that, I regularly used this most sumptuous café in Vienna for jours fixes in my student days! Although the home made cakes and Austrian savoury meals are excellent, the waiters are not always the friendliest. Each day from 5.00 pm you can listen to live piano music. Another good place to rest towards the end of your Old Vienna walk.

WLAN access: yes
Location: corner Herrengasse/Strauchgasse , A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 7.30am to 10 pm; Sunday and public holidays: 10am to 10pm

Café Drechsler

best Vienna coffeehouses: Cafe DrechslerBest Vienna Coffeehouses.  A bohemian institution, Drechsler gained a reputation among the demimonde of Vienna’s Naschmarkt.  Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Drechsler used to cross the street with a big tray of coffee mugs at 4.00 am, to serve his booth owners setting up shop. Now the café has turned into a trendy spot for urbanists. Do peak into its former infamous ‘private room’ (photo) in the back, which hasn’t changed since the 1950s.

Essentially, Drechsler is a great stop if you visit the Naschmarkt or do the Art Nouveau walk. Lunch is a great mix of Viennese and Berlin food: Go for the baked Styrian corn-fed chicken and Kaiserschmarren (fluffy shredded pancakes) with plum compote.

WLAN access: yes
Location: Linke Wienzeile 22, A-1060 Vienna
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 8am to midnight; Friday and Saturday: 8.00 am to 2.00 am;

Café -Restaurant Diglas

Vienna coffeehouses favourites: Cafe DiglasBest Vienna Coffeehouses.  If you visit Diglas you will also cover one of Vienna’s best patisseries. Frankly I’m dreading the time I arrive and Diglas has run out of its fabulous red currant cake topped with crispy baked egg white. Equally noteworthy is Diglas’ fully fledged Austrian lunch and dinner menu. Coupled with live piano music on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings, dining at Diglas turns into an amazing experience of Viennese coffeehouse culture beyond coffee.

Different from to its traditional look and feel, Diglas has made headlines with its transparent toilet doors. In fact, they turn opaque as soon as you lock yourself in.

WLAN access: yes
Location: Wollzeile 10, A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: daily, 8am to 10.30pm

Kleines Café

Vienna coffeehouses favourites: Kleines CafeBest Vienna Coffeehouses.  As a matter of fact, Kleines Café thrives on its biggest disadvantage. Like its names suggests, it is small though that is literally a tiny reason for you to sit outside. This Wiener Kaffeehaus is blessed to be located in Vienna’s most picturesque city center square Franziskanerplatz, just five minutes walk from Stephansdom.

Expect an almost Mediterranean atmosphere made up by a cobble-stoned square, an ancient church, an old fountain and a few traditional shops and restaurants.

On top, this charming café in Vienna is also a good place to trial Austrian sourdough bread with different bread spreads and toppings. I use to have a simple slice of dark bread with butter and chopped chives when hanging out there.
WLAN access: no
Location: Franziskanerplatz 3, A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: daily, 10am to 2am

Vienna Unwrapped symbolCulinary Sweet Tour Of Vienna

Vienna coffeehouses favourites: Patisserie DemelWhereas top cafés reveal a lot about our UNESCO-recognised coffeehouse culture there is so much more to say than fits in here. Provided that you like anecdotes and cakes join Herrn Auinger, Frau Minnich or Frau Trost when in Vienna.

Besides taking you on a coffeehouse, patisserie and pastry shop tour they will deliver the big picture on local cafe history, pastries, and sweets of Vienna. Notably, this tour is also popular with Austrians.
Learn more about the culinary sweet tour.  

Cafe Prückel

Vienna coffeehouses favourites: Cafe PrueckelBest Vienna Coffeehouses.  Despite its clean look you feel the years of this early 20th-century Wiener Kaffeehaus legend along Ringstrasse, but in a nice way. Especially the scuffed armrests of the 1950’s wooden chairs, faded upholstery, and the well treaded linoleum floor create the atmosphere of a long-loved social meeting point.

While the 1950’s area of Café Prückel with its signature Oswald Haerdtl chandelier is for smokers, the Art Nouveau-style part with gold plated stucco ceilings and comfortable rattan chairs is non-smoking.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 7.00 pm and 10.00 pm you can enjoy live piano music. On top, you can buy our famous Kaffeehaus newspaper holders there.

WLAN access: yes
Location: Stubenring 24/Lueger Platz (opposite the Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art) A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: daiily from 8.30 am to 10pm, except 24th, 25th and 26th December

Café Heuer

Vienna coffeehouses favourites: Cafe HeuerBest Vienna Coffeehouses.  Unlike most cafes in the area the Heuer stands for Vienna’s new generation of coffeehouses. Consequently, the contemporary interiors mix traditional Thonet coffeehouse chairs with elegant leather and a clean look. As a result the Heuer is mostly frequented by young to mid-aged urban professionals, and students.

In the summer, its vast outdoor terrace turns into a delightful oasis of bliss in the midst of busy Karlsplatz square. If you love home made products, including lemonade and ice tea there is nothing to stop you from exploring this place at the cross roads of so many local attractions.

WLAN access: yes
Location: Treitlstrasse 2, A-1010 Vienna
Opening hours: daily, 10.00 am to 2.00 am (kitchen open 10.00 am to midnight)

Runners Up To ‘Best Vienna Coffeehouses’

Best Vienna Coffeehouses.  Given such a vast pool of local coffeehouses, there are more amazing places that I still discover in Vienna. As of recently, my best finds include Vienna cafés Hummel and Florianihof in Josefstadt.

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