15 Good Cafés in Vienna: From Trendy to Long-Established

15 gute Cafés in Wien, von Trend bis Alt

In 1685 the first café was opened in Vienna.

Today, Viennese coffee house culture is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. But there are not only traditional coffee houses in Vienna.

In the lively café scene you will also find coffee bars, coffee shops and hipster cafés, all of which have one thing in common: mocha, the basis of all Viennese coffee specialities.

Here is a colorful mix of old traditional Viennese coffee houses, modern cafes and popular cafes among locals.

1. Burgring 24

You can now have breakfast in the café at Burggasse 24 every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and shop all day long. In this hipster café, second-hand clothing is sold and also bought.

The you can exchange the clothes you bring with you for vouchers or cash. The interior is a colorful mixture of various vintage furniture and accessories, which together convey a casually stylish ambience. In winter the fireplace is heated, in summer you can sit outside.

Address: Burggasse 24, A – 1070 Vienna

2. Palm House in Burggarten

The middle part of the Palm House, originally built as a greenhouse in 1822, is now used as a café. The butterfly house is in the right wing and a greenhouse in the left.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Palm House was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style. The interior of the 15 meter high rooms is characterized by a lush variety of plants with palm trees up to 10 meters high. In summer you can sit on the terrace. The menu offers small snacks and specialties from Viennese cuisine.

Address: Burggarten 1, A – 1010 Vienna

3. Café Gloriette

The Gloriette was built in 1775 in the park of Schönbrunn Palace as a breakfast room for Emperor Franz Josef I. It still impresses today with its breathtaking view of the palace, against the backdrop of which you will feel like emperors yourself.

The interior is elegant and sophisticated, the outdoor area designed in the style of a French street café. The Gloriette is known above all for its excellent pastries, on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays there is the Sissi Buffet that serves as a breakfast buffet.

Address: Schlosspark, A – 1130 Vienna

4. Café Möbel

The pieces of furniture in this place, which come from young, innovative designers, are constantly changing. Here you can perfectly combine shopping and drinking coffee, maybe you would like to take the armchair you are sitting on with you.

Fast WiFi and a large selection of newspapers ensure that you can pass the time while you sit and enjoy. The menu offers vegan and organic products, sugar-free and gluten-free, the cake is homemade. From time to time, children's events and acoustic concerts take place in the high rooms.

Address: Burggasse 10, A – 1070 Vienna

5. Café Landtmann

On October 1, 1873, Franz Landtmann opened the cafe and from the start it was to be the finest in the city. It has remained so to this day, the historical landmark Landtmann is Vienna's most elegant coffee house. The cozy and stylish atmosphere is underlined by Thonet armchairs from the imperial era and mirrors from the golden 20s.

Due to its close proximity to Burgtheater, City Hall and the Federal Chancellery, the café is frequented by actors, politicians, civil servants and journalists, and press conferences are often held here. Coffee specialties, pastries, cakes and dishes from the Viennese kitchen are on the menu.

Address: Universitätsring 4 – 1010 Vienna

6. Café Freiraum

Café Freiraum is huge, with 1,000 square meters of space in the café for a lounge, a bar and a restaurant. Breakfast is served all day. The furnishings are in the style of the 80s, colorfully mixed, chairs and wooden tables with black steel feet stand out skilfully from the wooden floor.

In addition to Viennese classics, the menu offers modern breakfast ideas. The selection changes almost daily, depending on the regionally available organic products. This hipster café is also very popular for dates.

Address: Mariahilfer Strasse 117, A – 1060 Vienna

7. Café Donautourm

You should be free from giddiness when you visit the tower café in the Viennese television tower. At a height of 160 meters, the café rotates on its own axis once in half an hour. The 360° panoramic view over Vienna makes enjoying coffee an unforgettable experience. In addition, desserts and small snacks from Viennese cuisine are offered.

Address: Donauturmplatz 1, 1220 Vienna

8. Café Justizpalast

Justizpalast was built in Neo-Renaissance style between 1875 and 1881 and impresses with its gigantic entrance with a monumental main staircase, at the end of which Lady Justice is enthroned. On the roof of Justizpalast is the publicly accessible canteen with a fantastic view over the rooftops of Vienna. The menu offers Austrian specialties. In the evening, the café is transformed into an event location.

Address: Schmerlingplatz 10, A – 1016 Vienna

9. Café Phill

If you want to buy or read a special book, Phill is the place to be. Located not far from Naschmarkt, the café offers a wide selection of books from a wide variety of genres, and records and DVDs are also sold in this hipster café. The interior is dominated by the wall-high bookshelves.

You can relax and enjoy your coffee in one of the cozy retro-style leather furniture while you study the sales lists printed in the form of menus. The furniture is also for sale. Jazz or indie sounds in the background, the menu offers local vegan and organic products. From time to time readings and film evenings are held.

Address: Gumpendorfer Strasse 10-12, A – 1060 Vienna

10. Café Sacher

Directly opposite the Vienna State Opera is the traditional Café Sacher with its imposing, nostalgic and elegant interior. The Sachertorte was invented in 1832 by the baker's apprentice, Franz Sacher, when Prince Metternich's head chef fell ill and the apprentice had to make the special dessert requested by the prince himself. The Sachertorte was later perfected by his son Eduard Sacher.

If you prefer something more casual, go to the Sacher Eck next door, where the cakes are sold to take away and you can also drink your coffee.

Address: Philharmoniker Str. 4, A - 1010 Vienna

11. Café Imperial

The historical landmark Café Imperial has existed since 1873. It is located in the imposing Hotel Imperial of the same name. The interior is dominated by Thonet chairs and chandeliers that complement the traditional ambience perfectly.

The Imperial Torte, for which the café is known, was once invented by the kitchen boy, Xaver Loibner, in honor of Emperor Franz Joseph I. Although the recipe has been kept top secret ever since, there's no denying the inclusion of almonds, marzipan and chocolate buttercream.

Address: Kärntner Ring 16, A – 1015 Vienna

12. Jonas Reindl Coffee Roasters

In contrast to the traditional Viennese coffee houses, in the third-wave coffee culture in modern hipster cafés everything revolves around the origin and roasting of the coffee beans. Jonas Reindl Coffee Roasters also has its own coffee roastery.

The modern interior is puristic and sober, white walls, vaulted ceilings, wooden chairs with steel feet. The menu includes vegan cakes. There is a branch in the 9th district at Währingerstraße 2-4, but without its own roastery.

Address: Westbahnstrasse 13, A – 1070 Vienna

13. Café Sperl

Ever since it was founded in 1880, Café Sperl has been an insider tip from the locals. Leading personalities from the worlds of art and culture, as well as politics, used to gather here, which helped Sperl to gain the reputation of being an artist and military café. A peaceful coexistence was always possible in the café despite different views.

Today, many writers and artists have their regulars' table here. During the complete renovation in the 1970s, care was taken to preserve the traditional atmosphere.

Three billiard tables are available to guests, and if you feel like it, you can read one of the daily newspapers in the garden in front of the café in summer. Piano accompaniment on Sundays. The menu offers original Viennese cuisine, especially the daily homemade pastries.

Address: Gumpendorfer Strasse 11, A – 1060 Vienna

14. Café Hawelka 

Café Hawelka is a well-known meeting place for Vienna's artists. The traditional atmosphere has been preserved since Leopold Hawelka opened it in 1939, which may also be due to the fact that the owner has not renovated it since then.

The buns, filled or unfilled, sweet yeast dumplings, prepared according to an original Bohemian recipe, are considered a specialty of the café.

Address: Dorotheergasse 6, A – 1010 Vienna

15. Demel K. u. K Hofzuckerbäcker

The dough of the hand-made apple strudel that Demel is known for is so thin that you can read the newspaper through it. Even Empress Sissi was a guest here. The house still holds the title of "KuK Hofzuckerbäcker", an imperial and royal court confectioner.

It was founded in 1786 by confectioner Ludwig Dehne, whose son sold the business to his journeyman Christoph Demel in 1857. The interior is traditionally designed in a neo-rococo style, with mahogany and large mirrors defining the ambience.

Address: Kohlmarkt 14, A – 1010 Vienna

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