Coffee Houses in Vienna

Drift back in time in the coffee houses of Vienna with their long tradition and stylish ambience.

Hardly anywhere else in the world do coffee houses play such an important role as in Vienna. People just rush in just to pick up a melange, a verlängerter, an einspänner or any of the other other coffee specialities. People go to coffee houses to read the newspaper, to talk, to eat sweet and savoury food.

In fact, the traditional Viennese coffee house ambience was even been listed as a part of the country’s cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011.

The traditional coffee houses, which are characterised by their nostalgic flair, are very popular with residents and visitors alike. An example of the impressive rococo-style salons is Demel, the former court confectionery that has existed since 1786.

Cafe Central in Vienna
Café Central in Vienna
© Wien Tourismus | Christian Stemper

Vaults in the neo-renaissance style can be admired in the Café Central in Palais Ferstel. guests take in the impressive museum architecture while sitting in the cafés of the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum.

Café and restaurant at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna
© Wien Tourismus | Peter Rigaud

On the elegant Ringstrasse, Café Landtmann, opened in 1873, was one of the first coffee houses in Vienna. Another classic is the carefully renovated Café Sperl in the 6th district. It has existed since 1880.

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