Discover Vienna: The Cafes in the Old City

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Café Bellaria

A friendly café steeped in tradition, close to the Ringstrasse, Kunsthistorisches Museum and the MuseumsQuartier. The food is excellent and the waiters are friendly and helpful – relaxation is definitely the order of the day here.

Bellaria Straße 6, 1010 Wien

Café Central

This legendary literati café, which counted Arthur Schnitzler, Peter Altenberg and Adolf Loos among its regulars, has a charm of its own that transforms a visit into an experience. Viennese cuisine, homemade cakes and pastries and piano music.

Herrengasse/Strauchgasse, 1010 Wien

Demel K. & K. Hofzuckerbäckerei

The creatively designed display windows and cases at Demel, the former Imperial and Royal confectionary, entice passersby with pastries and sweets which long ago tickled the palate of Empress Elizabeth and still bring delight to coffeehouse visitors today. At Demel, the sales and serving personnel have been exclusively female for 200 years.

Kohlmarkt 14 , 1010 Wien

A. Gerstner K&K Hofzuckerbäcker

The meeting point between Stephansplatz and Staatsoper. Since 1847, Gerstner K&K Hofzuckerbäcker represents the highest-quality confectionery. Sweet creations, crafted entirely by hand!

Kärntner Straße 13-15 , 1010 Wien

Café Hawelka

This artist’s café is more – it’s a Viennese institution. Gourmets recognize the Hawelka – especially after 10 pm – by the wonderful smell of Buchteln, yeast buns filled with jam. Its unique charm has made the Hawelka a popular meeting place for artists – and an oasis of peace right in the center of the city.

Dorotheergasse 6 , 1010 Wien

Café Hofburg

This elegant café awaits you in the Imperial Palace, where the Sisi Museum, the Imperial Apartments, the Imperial Silver Collection, the Treasuries and the Spanish Riding School bring about nostalgic dreams.

Hofburg, Innerer Burghof, 1010 Wien


Café & Restaurant in the Kunsthistorisches Museum

The café and restaurant in the cupola hall is renowned for its excellent coffee and is a popular meeting point for Vienna visitors and residents alike.

Burgring 5, 1010 Wien

Café Imperial

Fine Viennese coffeehouse cakes have been served here since 1873, its former clientele including regulars such as composer Gustav Mahler and the critic Karl Kraus. Today this elegant, listed coffeehouse serves one of the city’s best schnitzels.

Kärntner Ring 16, 1010 Wien

Café Landtmann

Franz Landtmann created a coffeehouse institution when he opened Vienna’s largest “café locality” in the year 1873. His patrons have included Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider, Paul McCartney and Hillary Clinton.

Universitätsring 4, 1010 Wien

Café Mozart

There has been a café on this site since 1794. During the Biedermeier age, it became a popular meeting place for artists. Right opposite the Albertina and close to the museums in the Imperial Palace and the Opera House, to this day this tradition-steeped café combines culture with fine coffee.

Albertinaplatz 2, 1010 Wien

Café Museum

No other Viennese coffeehouse can claim to have served more geniuses over the years than Café Museum. Artists Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka were regulars, as were writers Karl Kraus and Elias Canetti, and architects Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos.

Operngasse 7, 1010 Wien

Café Pelikan

A typical Viennese coffeehouse with large pavement café. After enjoying its Viennese or international cuisine, pastries and desserts, guests can wander along the Danube canal promenade opposite.

Franz-Josefs-Kai 57, 1010 Wien

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