Hawelka, Vienna

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  • Hawelka: May be historic but some would say dingy

    by brian.croft176 Written Aug 11, 2014

    Having read reviews before we travelled to Vienna, we put Cafe Hawelka on our list of must do's. Our experience was, however, less than good. The waiters were less than welcoming and it felt like they hadn't paid the electric bill as it was 'atmospheric' or dingy inside. They did not do any food at all, I do not include cakes as food.

    One good thing, and I must thank one of the Hawelka waiters, who recommended Reinthalers Beisl which is next door and I would recommend that as a must do, especially if you want good wholesome Austrian food, in a lovely atmosphere.

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    Cafe Hawelka: a typical Wiener Kaffeehaus

    by globetrott Updated Aug 24, 2012

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    Hawelka is a typical Kaffeehaus in Vienna and generations of students came here to "study".
    And a "Wiener Kaffeehaus" does not necessarily mean that you will get there just Coffe and cakes but it is a sort of " living in public " having coffee, lots of glasses of fresh water ( free of charge and taken to the table without a bad word ), taste the famous " Buchteln " shortly after midnight and you will get lunch and dinner there as well.

    Favorite Dish: And in a Kaffehaus like Hawelka there are 5 or 6 chairs around a table that would take 4 chairs in any other restaurant.
    And you can take as many seats as you need, but EVERY empty seat might be taken by somebody else and that way you get company easily...

    I know some people who spent the whole days of their student-live here in Hawelka...

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    Cafe Leopold Hawelka: Spy Hang Out?

    by lmkluque Updated Aug 4, 2012

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    My friend told me that this was a place--during the cold war days--where not only famous people frequented, but real spies hung out. I wanted to go there but didn't have time.

    An artists’ rendezvous steeped in legend, boasting a distinctive atmosphere, The famous Buchtln (brioche squares with filling are served from 10 pm.)

    Closed Tuesday

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    Cafe Hawelka: one of our best moments in Vienna!

    by mariahc1 Written Mar 23, 2011

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    Before we went to Vienna, I had done my research concerning traditional, old coffee houses in Vienna. The cafe Hawelka was not a disappointment. Once you step inside, you see all those lovely pictures on the walls that make you feel like you are in your house, in your bedroom. The picture that will catch your attention is the one depicting the owner and his wife.
    It is a historical cofffehouse since it has survived the bombings and destruction of the Second World War. It is all vintage inside, all brown and wooden, very cosy, very warm. I loved it, I was so excited that I could hardly talk to my husband. I just admired the room and enjoyed the moment.
    By the way, the coffee was excellent. The waitors were also professional and kind, even though we could not speak German at all.
    If you go to Vienna, don't miss Cafe Hawelka.

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    Cafe Leopold Hawelka: Cafe Leopold Hawelka

    by Jp799 Written Mar 27, 2009

    This is the famous Vienna coffeehouse. It is located in the 1.District and is today as it was when opened in 1936. This is one of the only (if not the only) coffeehouses in Vienna that still represents the tradition of the classic artists' coffeehouse which mainly existed until the beginning of the 2. world war. Leopold Hawelka still sits in the entrance and will find you a table, even though he is 94 years old. If you look close, you can see him in the back, left of the photo.

    Inside Cafe Hawelka

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  • Hawelka: We missed the legend :(

    by sabsi Written Sep 10, 2006

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    I was dying to go to Cafe Hawelka. When I thought of Vienna I thought if this place before having been here. Believe me I am still in a state of shock that we visited Vienna while Cafe Hawelka was closed - a week of summer holidays. Everytime we passed by I had a look through the closed windows craving for the famous "Buchteln" and the smoky atmosphere. I guess this is only one of the reasons why I should return to Vienna some day....

    Favorite Dish: Anything. As long as it's open :(

    Cafe Hawelka ... closed!

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    Hawelka: Famous Viennese coffeehouse

    by SandiMandi Updated Aug 31, 2006

    I had read about Cafe Hawelka in many guide books, so I wanted to go and see the place myself. I guess my expectations were a bit too high, because I was a little disappointed with it. The surroundings weren't so attractive and it looked very modest overall.

    Favorite Dish: I only had a cup of cappuccino, which was quite too strong for my taste (I usually prefer tea), so not really a favorite...

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    Café Hawelka: Steeped in tradition

    by morgenhund Written Nov 6, 2005

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    One of Vienna's most famous, olde worlde feel coffee shops, which are becoming increasingly hard to find, is Café Hawelka. Tucked off in the Dorotheagasse, next to the Casanova Revue Bar, Hawelka is a legend in the Vienna coffeehouse scene. Leopold Hawelka has run the coffee house for over half a century - he ran it with his late wife, Josephine, up until her death in March 2005. He still makes all the cakes himself and under his late wife's front-of-house she would try and match up a single male customer with a single female customer. The coffee is reasonably priced, the ambience and décor having the decidedly lived-in well loved and well-used feel and it is not as pretentious as any of the other 1st district coffee houses.

    Favorite Dish: An cup of Viennese coffee washed down with one of their cakes hits the spot quite nicely.

    Caf�� Hawelka Sign to Caf�� Hawelka

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    Hawelka: Meet Leopold

    by Dariana Written Jun 18, 2005

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    I don`t advice anyone to ask ,simply, a cup of coffee. Vienna has many different ways of serving coffee : Kleiner or Grosse Brauner,a Melange, an Einspänner, a Fiakre…
    In the Bohemian atmosphere of coffee-house Hawelka , the tiny silhouette of Leopold Hawelka is very familiar. Ninety-four years old, the owner still do the honors of the house: receive clients and guide them and when they go he is always there for shaking hands. In his corner, a paper in his hands he is now the main attraction, ready for a picture with importunate tourists .

    Favorite Dish: Try Melange-coffee, invented by Leopold.
    Sorry ´ missed the hot “Buchteln” served after 10 p.m.

    do you smell the cigar smoke?

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    Cafe Hawelka: Cafe Hawelka

    by Gili_S Written Jun 11, 2005

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    Coffee is important part of my joy in Vienna and as I was wondering around the city on a nice spring day looking for a place to relax with a cup of coffee I didn’t really fancy the crowded coffee places in the main street, luckily I went to a small ally and found this one just by coincidence, very soon I figured out that this is an old classic coffee house in Vienna.

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    Hawelka: The Best of Vienna

    by jdallen4000 Written Oct 3, 2004

    The is an excellent place for coffee or tea, especially later in the evening, as most of the coffeehouses in Vienna close by 20:00. The atmosphere is wonderful, but be prepared to be sat at a table with other people if it is very busy, as it usually is in the evenings. The place can get very smoky, but that is the case for almost every restaurant, coffeehouse in Vienna.

    Favorite Dish: The coffee is excellent and served in the Viennese tradition, with sugarcubes and a glass of water.

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    Cafes Sperl and Hawelka: Vienna: Coffee House Culture

    by Intrepidduck Updated Jun 19, 2004

    These two long standing Vienna establishments are without a doubt amoungst the great coffee houses of Europe. The Cafe Sperl has been going for about 100 years now, while Cafe Hawelka is behind by only a couple of decades. Many famous and influential people during the course of the 20th century frequented them both.

    During the days I had in Vienna, on both shortish visits, I made either of these two vibrant coffee houses a place to visit each morning before starting the day. Mr Hawelka was a delightful person to meet and in my little known German we exchanged an affinity together concerning the world of coffee culture. The atmosphere at Hawelka hints back to those heady days when the coffee houses of Europe were the key focal point in arts, culture and politics.

    The staff at the Cafe Sperl were also most friendly and I felt as though the cafe had been for some time my local. Along with many other coffee houses in Vienna I was surprised that dogs were most welcome here, if accompanied by their owner of course! This fact indeed added character to the place.

    Favorite Dish: Much of the cake selection is very good at the Cafe Sperl.

    Internationally renowned and frequented.

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    Hawelka: A bohemian café

    by daaaniel Updated Aug 8, 2003

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    This famous café is known for its bohemian clientele but I didn't see anything like that. The cigarette smoke is thicker than at any other café and the waiters are a bit stiff. But you can't beat the athmosphere!

    Favorite Dish: Würst mit Senf

    The caf�� interiour
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    When I am in Vienna the...

    by Doli Written Sep 12, 2002

    When I am in Vienna the absolutely must is to go to Cafe Havelka left of the Graben in Dorotheregasse.
    It's a very old lovely Cafe which owners are nearly 90 years old and still you can see them in the restaurant. You feel there like a hundres years ago.

    Favorite Dish: Wiener Schnitzel at the Schnitzelwirt is great and if you go to Rosenberger and have a cup of Kaisermelange you can take the cup home as a souvenir.

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