Where to have coffee in Vienna
The traditional Viennese coffeehouse culture goes back a long, long way and is even on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. And yet despite its age- or perhaps because of it- the coffeehouse is more alive and diverse than ever before. Apart from its traditional and cozy coffeehouses and the tiny espresso bars, Vienna also has spacious caf- restaurants, caf- confectioners of coffeehouse and trendy bistro, bookshop, bar, music club, cabaret theater, etc. nevertheless, at its core, the coffeehouse is still an oasis in people's daily lives.
Here are our top picks
This legendary literati caf, 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, home- made cakes and pastries and piano music. Mon-Sat 7.30 a.m-10 p.m., Sun, holidays 10 a.m-10 p.m
Franz Landtmann created a coffeehouse institution when he opened Vienna's largest caf locality in the year 1873. His patrons have included Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider, Paul McCartney and Hillary Clinton. 7.30 a.m- midnight
There has been a caf 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 caf combines culture with fine coffee. 8 a.m- midnight
Schonbergers Caffe Bar
The listed Steh- Caffe- Bar in its 1950's look serves over 30 types of coffee sourced from independent roasteries in Austria and Italy (three always open for tasting), as well as Italian drinks and snacks, and hobby barista courses. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.- 6p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m