Coffee houses and Vienna, Austria’s capital go hand in hand. In the 19th century they were the meeting places for important writers, artists, musicians and philosophers, but now there is a growing trend to more modern versions of the traditional coffee house, although the historical ones still remain for those who want to enjoy a sense of the past. We’ve put together a list of 5 places to drink coffee in Vienna.
Drinking coffee in Vienna…
Cafe Schwarzenberg is famed for being the oldest café on the Ringstrasse. It is frequented by business people who enjoy reading a newspaper over a coffee and strudel after work. As well as the many dainty desserts and hot drinks on offer, there is a spread of Austrian dishes on the menu.
Süssmund Kaffeebar is a micro-roastery that was founded in 2014 by Nikolaus Hartman. Based in the Old Post Office it is a hip, stripped-down venue with an elegant layout. The coffee is ethically sourced, with the company paying close attention to the processing and cooperation with farmers.
Cafe Prueckel has been at the heart of the Viennese coffee house movement for over 100 years. The beautifully decorated 1950s-style café, with its tuxedo-clad waiters, was added to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list in November 2011.
Cafe Central opened in 1876 and customers like Trotsky, Freud and Stefan Zweig have taken their coffee here. The menu includes a broad selection of classic Viennese dishes, traditional coffee specialities and sweet treats from the in-house patisserie. This really is a bit of history with coffee.
Zweitbester is another contemporary coffee house. There are no ghosts of the past here. Furnished in an industrial style, with open-brick walls, gray concrete floors and simple seating, it is still comfortable and totally unique. The dishes are fresh and created using organic vegetables, regional meats and bread from an organic bakery. There are daily specials on the menu and brunch served until 2pm on the weekends.
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