When in Vienna, do as the Viennese do.
Vienna was elected the most livable city in the world for the ninth time! The Café Culture is definitely one of the reasons for that.
There are so many Cafe Houses that is difficult to choose but any true Viennese swears that his favourite Cafe Haus is the best one in town. Viennese people tend to go always to the same coffee places their entire lives and become almost friends with the waiters who already know what they will have.
We selected our favourite spots in the 1st district, right in the centre of Vienna, so that you too can, like a true Viennese, enjoy a Mélange with a delicious piece of pie while reading the newspaper. Keep reading and pay attention because you won’t find these precious tips in your usual city guides.
Near St Stephen’s Cathedral, Cafe Korb is a family business that exists since 1904. At its opening, his Majesty Emperor Franz Josef came, confirming the importance of the coffee house culture even back then.
The house has been renovated in the 60’s and preserves till now the charming style and atmosphere of that time, maybe not as grand as the Sacher but definitely the place to go if you’re looking for an excellent apple strudel, which some say it’s the best in Vienna.
2- Café Englander
This beautiful café on Postgasse, with tables in the garden to enjoy the nice weather. The Cafe Engländer had to close its doors for 4 years but since 2002 is back on its feet and has already become a cult and a very beloved place for Viennese to have breakfast, lunch or dinner or just sit with friends for hours having a chat and some wine. The owners say that the Coffeehouse is a tribute to the famous cafe culture of the turn of the century.
3- Café Schwarzenberg
The Café Schwarzenberg is on the Ring, next to the Opera House and is the place to have a snack or late dinner when going to the Opera. It is a traditional coffee place with a wonderful classic decoration. People meet there to have a coffee with pie, read the paper or play chess and they can enjoy the spring sun at the tables outside too. During the Ball Season in Vienna, the Cafe Schwarzenberg stays open until early in the morning when the young people, in smoking and long gowns coming out of the balls, come to have a well-deserved breakfast after having danced all night!
4- Café Prückel
Opened in 1904 by a cycling champion, Lurion, in a beautiful corner building on the Ring, near the MAK Museum and the University of Applied Arts, Café Prückel is a meeting point for young artists and anyone who likes
the wonderful old-time atmosphere of a typical Viennese coffee house. On its basement, Cafe Prückel houses a small theatre where Stella Kadmon founded in 1931 the famous cabaret “Der Liebe Augustin”.
5- Café Diglas
Café Diglas, near St Stephen’s Cathedral, is a classic traditional Viennese coffee house with the most delicious pastries made in their 140-year old patisserie following old family recipes. It has been, since its beginning, a meeting point for politicians, writers, poets and composers.
If you’d like to have more tips on great coffee houses around Vienna, have a look here.
Photos via Café Schwarzenberg, Café Korb, Café Diglas, café Englander, and Café Prückel