Gloriette - Cafe is a great restaurant/Cafe inside the Gloriette of Schönbrunn - palace
It is absolutely worth that 20 minutes that you might need to walk from the Schloss Schönbrunn a bit uphill in order to have some coffee in the Gloriette and see that great view over Vienna from their cafe or terrace.
Favorite Dish: They serve a great breakfast and wonderful , typical Viennese cakes and deserts !
Kleines Cafe is another great Kaffehaus mainly for students but also a place were to meet artists or actors. It once belonged to Hanno Pöschl - maybe it still does - and he was seen also there helping behind the bar, at least 20 years ago, when I used to frequent this Cafe quite often.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish was:
Tomatenbrot - simply delicious !!!
dark bread with a thick layer of butter and thick slices of tomatoes...
The architecture of the dome above Cafe in Naturhistorisches Museum is a bit less ornate than the one in Kunsthistorisches Museum, and still it is a really great place to have a break after exploring the museum. It is just a pity, you have to pay the entrance-fee to the museum first, in order to get to that cafe. On your way to the cafe you will also pass by the favorite dog of empress Maria-Theresia - see my picture !
Don't miss the giant crabs next to the cafe !!
They are NOT on the menu !
BUT on exhibition next to the tables of the cafe !!
Favorite Dish: Dobosch-Torte was my favorite cake there, it is made of thin layers of cake alternating with thin layers of chocolate and it has a top of glazed sugar . The choice of cakes is really great in that cafe and mostly you will find empty tables quite easily !
This cafe and restaurant INside the Kunsthistorisches museum is a Must for its great architecture and for great cakes & dishes ! The cafe is situated right under the big dome and that way it might be the most beautiful place to have a coffee in Austria !
Prices are a bit higher than in an ordinary cafe, BUT the quality is also very good and the architecture is for free. Unfortunately there is NO way to get to this place without having payed the entrance-fee for the museum first !! There is a similar cafe in Naturhistorisches Museum,but the architecture is a tiny bit less ornate.
Favorite Dish: The Cafe in Kunsthistorisches Museum is a good place to taste austrian cakes : my favorite was Esterhazy-Torte : a cake with hazlenut-filling and on top it has a glazing of white sugar with a chocolate-pattern in it. Coffee is made "the austrian way" strong and with a foam on top.
Every thursday between 06.30p.m. and 10.00p.m.
you may taste there a large buffet of Viennese specialities:
hors d'oevres, hot meals and sweet Austrian deserts
for a fixed price of 34 Euros per person
Eat what-ever you like & as much as you can
That price does NOT include the ticket to the museum!!
Make reservations at their telephone/fax-number below !!
Vienna is a paradise for coffeeholics, if there is such a word. Even though the famous Kaffeehäuser in the centre of Vienna are touristic, you still get good coffee there and wonderful cakes.
We liked them all. Hawelka we found the most comfortable, with its plush sofas. There was a very interesting bulletin board which alerted us to an exhibition about art from the Faroe islands. This exhibition is on display at the Leopold Museum, until 7th September 2008, so if you want to see puffins dressed in business suits, there's your chance.
Café Central was the busiest, it took some time to get the waiter's attention, but the Doboscake was worth waiting for.
The café in the Museum of Natural History had the most interesting atmosphere, it is not every day that a stuffed leopard seems to be jumping on your shoulder.
None of them was cheap, but considering that the coffee is really good and the location and atmosphere have to be taken into account, I wouldn't call any of them expensive.
Café Hawelka is closed on Tuesdays.
Everytime I am in Vienna, I won't miss my favourite Oberlaa hot chocolate or heiss schokolade (I'm a smart-ass sometimes) in the city centre. You can also enjoy a selection of good set lunches of local & international dishes (but don't expect fusion or oriental, just european)
During my last trip, I went to the Kurpark Oberlaa in the area around the Laaer Berg. In this area thermal sulphur springs were discovered in the 18th century and so they built a place where you can soak in the hot water (great in winter). Later, have a nice lunch at their restaurant with its namesake
Apart from hot chocolate, you can also have lunch but the best is the selection of wonderful cakes including the sacher torte.
Favorite Dish: Hot Chocolate, coffee and cakes
Shortly after Mozart's death in 1791 this Coffeehouse was established in his name.
Favorite Dish: Today it is a classic Viennese Coffeehouse and restaurant, offering not only snacks but also main courses.
Location Innere Stadt (Inner City)
Metro: U1, U4, U2
God, this place is a garish, pink nightmare! I must've had one too many pints of beer last night because the bright, feminine colour which decorates everything from the menus to the wicker chairs to the awnings at Aida Café, is really doing my head in. It's 9:30 AM and I'm supposed to meet my travel group across the street at the Opera House in about an hour.
My American friend, Kristi, recommended this coffeehouse chain to me. Come to think of it, I think she actually made me promise that I would visit one. Now faced with a massive array of puff pastries, cakes, strudels, tortes, and chocolates on display behind the counter, I'm at a loss when the woman asks me what I'd like to order. There's enough sugar in here to make Willy Wonka himself blush. Personally, I don't have much of a sweet tooth, and I can't for the life of me remember what Kristi said I should get, so I shrug and point to the most stereotypical-looking pastry in the case--a very flaky item loaded with whipped cream, a custard filling, and dusted with icing sugar. I ask for a coffee to go along with my morning dessert, pay for for everything, and I'm told that they'll bring my order to my table. I point towards the patio and the woman nods.
I sit down at an empty table outside and a few minutes later a cute, young waitress appears carrying my coffee and sugar delicacy. She has pale blond hair tied in a ponytail, creamy arms and calves with a touch of thigh showing, bright blue eyes, and is wearing a vintage diner-style pink uniform. I glance down and notice her matching pink bobby socks and white sandals. Cripes, she looks like a yummy, edible pastry herself! I'm left speechless as she sets down the trays. It's a strange revelation to have so early on a Sunday morning that I might have a fetish for pastel bobby socks... The good people of the world are in church right now and here I am like a weirdo comparing a young girl to a frosted confection. Initially I want to ask to take a photo of her, but then become shy at the thought.
I place a forkful of the cream-leaden pastry in my mouth. Woah, it's extremely sweet! ...And rich! I'm glad that a glass of water was delivered with my coffee, because I'm definitely going to need it to wash this down. As I eat, my eyes shift back and forth between my sumptuous dessert and the waitress as she flits gracefully around the different patio tables. This is getting to be too much and I feel like the Big Bad Wolf eyeing up Red Riding Hood--"Big teeth? All the better to eat you with, my dear..." I must be quite the sight right now--a tall, hungover, old Canadian punk rocker with black spiky hair sitting in a glossy pink chair eating a giant, fancy puff pastry with whipped cream? Ridiculous! I'd better leave now while I still have at least a shred of dignity and get to my meeting spot early before I go completely mental.
I step inside Aida's again for a moment to take a second look at all the items inside the glass display cabinet. There aren't any cookies. I'd told Kristi that I'd bring her some cookies from here when we meet up in a few days in Poland. I decide that a cake or strudel wouldn't last 3 days stuffed in a backpack and leave the pink restaurant empty-handed, with a massive caffeine/sugar buzz, and my tail between my legs. ...Bad wolf!
Normally I wouldn't extol the virtues of an obscure ice cream parlour like Lavazza Caffebarwien, but the two friendly teenagers serving me a beautiful beer called "Fitzer" since 9:00 AM, haven't even batted an eyelid and I'm on about my sixth pint. When I first arrived, straight from my flight from Canada, and the young woman behind the ice cream counter, a brunette with huge hazel eyes and whose name tag says "Sophie", told me they could serve draft at this hour, I was ecstatic! "No problem," she said. You would think they'd eventually ask themselves, "Why is this foreigner sitting alone out there, drinking beer, and getting himself tipsy so early on a Saturday morning? Is he some sort of homeless, drunk guy?" But they don't--whenever I walk in they just smile and chirp, "Another?" The truth is that I'm too exhausted to explore the city after 24 hours of travel to get to Austria, I'm staying at the Hotel Stefanie directly across the street, room check-in isn't until noon, the beer-buzz will help me sleep when I eventually do get in, and hell, it's technically only 2 or 3:00 AM back in Canada so it's still my Friday night.
Despite my drowsiness, I'm a very happy man right now--I'm on an outdoor patio in a foreign country, I have a cold beer and full pack of cigarettes, my feet up, my backpack in front of me, a Vienna travel guide open on the the table, and it's a sunny, warm, perfect Saturday morning. The orange awning over my table casts a serene, apricot colour down around me. A great first day of vacation!
The non-stop flow of people entering and exiting Lavazza changes over the course of the morning. It began with older Italian-looking men ordering crusty-bread sandwiches and espressos to jump-start their day. Now it's families ordering multicolour ice cream creations and fantastic, gooey banana splits. I watch as parents walking by with their children attempt distraction, hoping the little one won't notice the giant, plastic, novelty ice cream cone advertisement parked right in the middle of the sidewalk. This always fails. Tears and temper-tantrums quickly ensue and almost exactly one-half the time, the child wins this battle of wills. To my surprise, these parents approach the take-out window to place the order, but always buy a cone for themselves as well. A consolation prize, maybe?
Ice cream, gelato, and frozen yoghurt seem to be a big part of the Viennese culture and this little place serves one of the biggest name brands in town--"Zanoni & Zanoni". Frozen desserts are offered seasonally at many places, and this begins in the month of March.
Over the next four days, I find myself often sitting comfortably on the patio at Lavazza and daydreaming while having a morning coffee, afternoon beer, or evening nightcap. The service here is so good, there's never a wait time, always a place to sit down, and it's a perfect place to people watch. It's not a glamorous restaurant, an architectural miracle, a sea of tranquility, a trendy hangout, or anything else like that, but I'm so very glad to have found "my spot" in Vienna.
THIS RESTAURANT NO LONGER EXISTS SINCE APRIL 2010. THE PLACE IS NOW TAKEN OVER BY AUSTRIAN RESTAURANT.
This is an italian eatery serving antipasti (starters), pasta and desserts. They have good selection of italian wines, cheeses, and coffee. However, the pasta and desserts are just OK. Puccini's indoor decor is nice casual and there's another smaller room that has cosy couches and chairs facing shelves full of wines.
Puccini's soft ambience is good for meeting friends and having a few glasses or bottles of good Italian wines. They also sell other italian goods such as Lemon Soda, Pannetone bread, dry pasta noodles and pasta sauces.
If you need a place to hang out, to talk or chat, enjoy a few glasses of wine, then Puccini's is a nice place to be; it is definitely less crowded and less expensive than Wine & Co. (the other popular wine bar in Vienna). However, the service tend to be slow to very slow. I've been to this restaurant twice, and both times, it took 15-20 minutes to give/get your order. Then it took another 15 minutes just to ask for the bill. Anyway, if you are not in a great hurry and not so hungry, it's a nice place to go.
Favorite Dish: Italian wines with italian cheeses and cold cuts/parma ham. The antipasti (starters) and pastas are just OK (eatable). The espresso and cafe latte are also just OK.
Cafe Cortez is located just outside of the Kettenbrückengasse station, next to the Naschmarkt. This is a place I like to go to for coffee and sandwiches, especially on a cold day. The atmosphere is modern & cool and service is reliable. The prices are also quite reasonable so you can have a full meal under 10€
Favorite Dish: They make a mean cheeseburger and chicken sandwich
Cafe Westend is a traditional coffeehouse which is frequented by artists, students, journalists, creative types, as well as people simply waiting for a train in the nearby Westbahnhof. The cafe was established in 1895 and the decor seems 1950s/60s and has dark green chairs and benches, ornate chandeliers, and large windows. There is even a private room which is used by artists and political organisations for displays and talks. It can also be let out for events. The coffeehouse serves good food as well.
Refined coffee house by the Rathaus. The majority of the clientele appear to be ladies of a certain age - that complement perfectly this slightly tired but very well presented establishment.
They serve very good cakes which can also been bought through their website (below).
Melange costs 3.40 Euros.
The tradition of the Viennese Coffehouses dates back to the 17th century when the Turks besieged Vienna.
People come here for a drink or even a small meal and of course for people watching.
Some of the famous Coffeehouses in Vienna are Cafe Demel, Cafe Hawelka, Cafe Central and Cafe Sacher. Even if you don't have a rest here, they are all well worth a look.
Two Coffehouses that I visited for a drink and a meal are the traditional Cafe Westend and the more modern Cafe Stein. I liked them both.
Cafe Cortez is a trendy cafe during the day, but by night time, it turns into a cosy cocktail bar. It has faux-leather couches for guests to sit back and relax, while enjoying the coffee, wine or cold drinks and listening to good cool music. The kitchen will serve breakfast in the morning, great food/snacks for lunches and light food/snacks in the evenings.
Cafe Cortez usually opens in the morning and closes late in the evening, and on Fridays and Saturdays, it will close as late as 2.00 am.
On weekdays, Cafe Cortez has happy hour starting from 8pm until closing and serves cocktail drinks at half-price. They also have a limited selection of wines and beers.
Favorite Dish: They make good hamburgers - my favorite is the Cheese Burger with potato wedges. I also enjoy their salads, especially in summer when they have a wide selection of summer salads.
Best of all, they make really great espresso and cappuccinos. When it gets warm and sunny, you can sit outside and enjoy the street scenes along the Naschmarkt and Flohmarkt (flea market) around there.