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Art and culture are embedded in the soul of Vienna: imperial splendour, world-class museums, opera and classical music heritage. Modernist legacy and a cosmopolitan flair add delicious contrast to the old-world charm. Walk down the parks and grand palace-lined Ringstrasse, experience the centuries-old cafe tradition and admire the astonishing architecture of a buzzing modern capital filled with history.

Cafes

The Cafes to visit

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Coffee House Walking Tour

Get to know Viennese coffee house culture on this small-group tour. Not only will you be able to cover many of the best cafes in the shortest period of time, but will also get interesting background information about the traditions of coffee consumption in Vienna. Ask your guide to tailor the selection of cafes to your particular interests.

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Cafe Central in Vienna

Café Central

Boasting 130 years of history, Café Central has seen countless personas from the world of art, literature and politics sitting under its vaulted ceiling. Despite being extremely popular with tourists–there's often a queue, but it moves quickly–this is everything but a tourist trap. The magnificent architecture of this legendary coffeehouse is the setting of top-quality coffee specialities, traditional Viennese cuisine, and mouth-watering pastries from the in-house patisserie. Don't leave without trying the chocolate-truffle Altenbergtorte.

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Sachertorte at Cafe Sacher in Vienna

Cafe Sacher

Taste the original Sachertorte, the thick chocolate cake filled with apricot jam, in its very birthplace. Enjoy the fancy decors of the salons and experience a real Viennese coffee house atmosphere with a piece of the world-famous cake and a cup of coffee. The fantastic winter garden with a view of the Vienna State Opera turns into a terrace in summer.

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Cafe Landtmann

Cafe Landtmann

When Franz Landtmann opened this Viennese cafe in 1873 he was founding a coffee house institution. The quintessential Vienna period-style cafe, Café Landtmann is located just opposite the Burgtheater and serves plenty of coffee specialities as well as cakes and pastries. This place has hosted Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider and Paul McCartney, among others.

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Cafe Sperl in Vienna

Cafe Sperl

Founded in 1880 the Sperl is one of the most emblematic coffee houses in Vienna. The 19th century interiors, hardwood pool tables and the wide selection of international newspapers provide the perfect fin-de-siècle atmosphere. Sip one of the 34 types of coffee and enjoy a slice of the signature Sperl cake, a delicious chocolate cream and almond treat. After 3:30 in the afternoon on Sundays gentle piano music entertains guests.

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Cafe Hawelka in Vienna

Cafe Hawelka

The long-standing reputation of this cafe as venue for artists and intellectuals dates back to the post-war period, when a great number of literary figures used to visit Hawelka regularly. The bohemian atmosphere of the thick layers of posters on the walls, the telephone booth and the worn upholstered benches is unique and worth experiencing.Try the Melange (white coffee) and the Buchteln: sweet rolls filled with jam, poppy seeds or curd.

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Cafe Museum in Vienna

Cafe Museum

The Cafe Museum was a meeting point for the big names during the turn of the century (Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka and Otto Wagner among others), having opened in 1899 nearby Naschmarkt and the Secession. The original very modest creation by Adolf Loos, who subsequently became a regular, was replaced in 1931 by Josef Zotti. After closing and refurbishing works, the cafe was renovated in Zotti’s style and reopened in 2010 with new interior decorations.Try the three desert selection with Sacher, Mozart and Raspberry Quark mini cakes.

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Cafe Drechsler

Cafe Drechsler

Cafe Drechsler at the Naschmarkt is a perfect example of the combination of tradition and a modern stylish ambience. The venue, which first opened its doors in 1919, was carefully renovated by renowned British architect Sir Terence Conran and since 2007 has presented itself to its guests as a 'traditional Viennese coffee house in a 21st century style'. DJs play here several times during the week instead of the more typical piano players.Try their gulash or the popular brunch.

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Espressobar Vienna

Akrap Espressobar

The stylish Akrap Espressobar in Königsklostergasse has its coffee roasted in Milan, and customers can have the end product served in a wide variety of choices, including a strong triple shot.

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Artisan coffee

People On Caffeine

People On Caffein, or POC, is a tiny coffee shop located inside an old church. It doesn’t just sell regular coffee: POC focuses on artisan coffee specialities, served with great homemade cakes in a stylish yet intimate atmosphere.

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Demel patisserie in Vienna

Demel K.u.K Hofzuckerbäcker

Among the luxury of the Old City, visitors can find a piece of old Vienna: founded in 1786, court confectioner and former imperial patisserie Demel demonstrates the high art of confectionery with its sweet temptations and thrilling window displays.On your way to the regal salons upstairs, spot the showroom bakery and workshop. A must-try is the Anna Demel torte, a delicious mix of cream, chocolate and nougat.

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Asian Fusion at Cafe Leopold,Vienna

Cafe Leopold

In the center of Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier, Cafe Leopold offers an urban attitude and an innovative mix of Asian and Viennese cuisine. A multifaceted venue, offering breakfast deals and lunch to be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace, plus refreshing cocktails in the evening.

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Phil Bar & Bookstore

Phil Bar & Bookstore

Both a cafe and a store, Phil is one of the best breakfast places in Vienna, serving up healthy fare until 4 pm.The store sells a selection of books, DVDs and vinyls which is constantly on rotation, this besides serving good quality food and fabulous hot drinks for fairly decent prices. The cosy retro furniture is just perfect for sitting back and viewing the lists of products for sale printed in menu format over an espresso and a bite to eat.

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Das Möbel Furniture Cafe

Both a cafe and a furniture shop, Das Möbel is a place whose wares serve two purposes: for guests to linger while sipping on a hot beverage and for sale. A hip, laptop-friendly venue serving good coffee and fresh cakes, which turns into an hot spot to catch up and enjoy some cocktails in the evenings. All the furniture on display is by young Austrian designers.

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Cafe Europa, Vienna

Cafe Europa

Cafe Europa is one of the most popular home-style venues in Vienna, thanks to its mixed clientele, living-room atmosphere and long opening hours. From their basic breakfasts to late night snacks (the kitchen is open until 4am), you're sure to always find reasonably priced warm food.You may want to give a try to the locals' favourite drink: Averna with ice and lemon.

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Cafe Mozart Strudel

Cafe Mozart

Cafe Mozart opened its doors in 1794, making it one of the oldest coffee houses in Vienna. Located right opposite the Albertina, it has been a gathering point for cultural figures for decades. With classical interiors and a covered terrace, Cafe Mozart offers traditional Viennese cakes and dishes. Their apple strudel is particularly popular.

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Coffee Latte cups and brownie

Kaffeefabrik

A speciality coffee roaster and shop where it really is all about the coffee. The beans are carefully selected and the coffee roasted individually and locally to assure the best quality for each cup. The venue is modern and laid-back and they also serve some sweet treats varying daily.

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Pastry and coffee

Balthasar

A hot tip for coffee aficionados, Balthasar in probably one of the best artisan coffee shops in Vienna. The coffee in sustainable and fair-trade, the venue stylish and relaxed and they also serve great home-baked apple strudel and Scandinavian pastries.

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