Kaffeehaus - Viennese Cafés, Vienna
Ah Vienna! Middle European city of culture,cakes, Mozart, cakes, spies, cakes, Christkindlemarkts, cakes and...'er...cakes! Well to be honest, I've slightly underplayed the cake business, for make no mistake, when in Vienna you must make it your sworn duty your duty to consume as many of these calorific confections as is humanely possible! Please note however that decorum must be observed and marks will be awarded for nifty napkin work and the stylish sipping of chilled water from the obligatory glass which appears alonside every ordered beverage. Be warned that points will be deducted from those wearing the blighted baseball cap (clothing accesory of the Devil!)
Here in the United Kingdom there is much to be said for the custard tart, Eccles cake and Chelsea bun. As cakes they are not to be laughed at...and in many of our cheaper bakeries they are not to be eaten either! But in all honesty, compared to the delicacies on offer in Vienna, our pastries crumble in comparison!
When in Wien you will struggle to find a tawdry torte. Your main difficulty will be making a choice from the hundreds on offer. By all means go to Demels (beautiful but busy), don't shirk from sampling the Sacher Café's Sacher Torte (pleasant but not perfect), seek out the Imperial Hotel's Imperial Torte and don't forget the Landtmann's...'er....need I even name it? In conclusion let's not forget the advice of Marie Antoinette (born 1755 in Vienna) shortly before she received that rather severe haircut: "Let them eat cake!"
One thing you really must do when you come to Vienna is leave the diet at home! How could even the most calorie-conscious resist sampling a least one of the delicious confections that have made Vienna the cake capital of the world. Sachers, home of the famous Sachertorte (a plain but incredibly rich chocolate cake covered in silky smooth chocoate ganache) is probably the best known name but Demel, on the Kohl Markt, was the choice of the Imperial Court, and they're still turning out cakes fit for a queen - including their own version of the Sachertorte.
Of course, in the interests of serious research and to weigh the merits of one against the other, a visit to both is necessary.
The vexed question of who had the right to call this cake "Sacher" led to a seven-year legal wrangle that went to the highest court in the land before a resolution decided Sacher should call their cake "The Original". Nowadays, just about every konditorei in the city has their own version, most of them at a fraction of the price, but lovers of atmosphere and history (very lightweight history) will want to make their way to one of these two high temples of the confectioner's art.
You really cannot say you've been sightseeing in Vienna until you've sampled the delights of one or either of these famous institutions.
As it started raining we tried to hide in the cafe at the Inner Burg but it was full except the smoking room so that we left and entered a café at a corner of the close MichaelerPlatz at Nr 2.
Fortunately it was all non-smoking and we found a table. My wife took a chocolate which contained more milk (or water ?) than chocolate. That made her think of flying back to Spain where they have the best concentrated chocolate of Europe.
I took a glass of coffee with a lot of milk (don't remember the name in German) and I took a Black Forest cake whose whipped cream didn't taste fresh.
The waiter was typical for a Vienna café: "unfreundlich" and exchanged our order with that of another table. Thanks to my "perfect German with Austrian accent" I could call him back.
But enough of being negative.
Later I learned (dear Wikipedia) that before this café there was here a Palace Dietrichstein and that Café Griensteidl, established in 1847 by a former pharmacist, was renown as a meeting point of young Vienna artists but closed down around 1900 to reopen in 1990.
What in my opinion is very positive for this café is that among these artists was Stefan Zweig, one of my favored authors (recently I read his wonderful novel "Ungeduld des Herzens" from 1939) but he must be very young at that time probably when he was studying Philosophy at the Wiener Universität. Maybe we sat at the same table?
Oberlaa Cafe is one of the popular cafes in Vienna, serving a variety of viennese coffee, english or fruit teas, creamy hot cocoa, rich cakes, scrumptous cookies and chocolate truffles. They also serve warm food, mainly austrian dishes. On weekdays, they have the set menu with good selections of food at very reasonable prices.
I just love the yummy cakes at Oberlaa Cafe, especially the Irish Cream Torte and the Chocolate Mousse Torte*. They are all sinfully delicious. One bite will guarantee to put 1 kg of fat on your hips! Wash these down with a nice hot pot of Earl Grey or black Assam tea.
(*Torte means cake)
Cafe Museum is one of the oldest cafe in Vienna. This traditional Viennese Cafe was designed by Adolf Loos (1890 - 1933) in 1899. It was recently renovated (2005?) and restored to its old elegance and charm. Cafe Museum serves a large selection of beverages and condiments that can be enjoyed inside or outside of the cafe.
On weekends, when the weather is warm and pleasant, I usually sat outside and watched the world go by, saw people, tourists and traffic go by. It is a great place to relax, read a book, have some coffee/tea and cakes, or do some people watching.
Mondays - Saturdays: 8.00 a.m. - 12 p.m., and Sundays/Holidays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Kleines Cafe is one of the oldest and smallest cafes in Vienna. It is charming in its own way.Created by architect Hermann Czech during the 1970s, the Kleine Café is a popular meeting place for artists and actors. I read that it belongs to the Austrian actor Hanno Pöschl (he acted in the movie "BEFORE SUNRISE" - he was the german husband on the train).
Incidentally, this cafe was made famous by the 1995 movie "BEFORE SUNRISE" starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.
Mon - Sat 10 am-2 am, Sun 1 pm-2 am
Food served after midnight; Outdoor seating in summer and warmer months.
Cafe Sperl is one of Vienna's well-known cultural landmark located in the 6th District of Mariahilfer. It is also one of the oldest traditional coffee house in Vienna. They have an impressive menu, which includes various kinds of coffee (Brauner, Einspänner, Melange, Irish coffee, etc.), light snacks (bread and cheese, sausages, soups, salads, and sandwiches) and Viennese pastries (apple strudel, topfen strudel, etc.) and cakes; they have their own famous cake called Sperltorte.
Over the years, artists, musicians, students, statesmen, and heads of commerce have come to Café Sperl for "Gemütlichkeit" or "cozy charm. Actors used to rehearse their lines and the operetta world practiced in the cafe's spotlight. Inside decor is still the uniquely traditional style; there are angelic cherubs on the ceilings above, antique glass on the windows and brass chandeliers fill the cafe with warm light. The wall clock hangs far above eye level. There is a lovely garden out in the front under a big tree; the garden is open during the warm months. The surrounding area is peaceful and quiet, hence, you can enjoy your coffee and cake together with the free local newspapers provided by the Cafe.
Cafe Sperl is open Mondays to Saturdays, from 7am until 11 pm. On Sundays, they are open from 11 am until 8 pm. However, they are closed in July and August for the summer months.
You can get there by U-Bahn, Linie U2 until Station Museumsquartier, get onto Mariahilferstrasse and then turn left at the Rahlgasse, then walked until you reach Gumpendorfer Strasse, turn right and walk along Gumpendorfer Strasse until you see Café Sperl to your left hand, at the corner of Lehargasse.
Or you can take Bus no. 57A until Station Köstlergasse, get off at Gumpendorfer Strasse and you will Café Sperl on the right hand, at the corner of Lehargasse.
Or you can walk to Lehargasse from the Naschmarkt, from Linke Weinzeile.
I regularly go to and enjoy some nice hot Earl Grey or Assam Tea at the Haas & Haas Tea Room located behind Stephansdom. I would spent a couple of hours there, eating yummy petite sandwiches and cakes, or having a plate of delicious pasta, and after that, reading my book and have a quiet time.
Ok, this is not a coffee establishment. It is more of a Tea establishment, a famous one at that!
This is the Haas & Haas Tea Boutique Store, the tea shop where you can buy all kinds of teas from black tea to herbal tea to Chai, and sweeteners such as syrups, honey, flavored rock sugars, crystal sugars, tea cookies, sweets, and many more. You can even buy chocolates, cookies, grounded coffee, coffee/tea mugs, unique teapots, tea sets, fragrant potpouris, etc.
The Haas & Haas Tea Room is next to the tea store; it serves a variety of teas, coffees, hot chocolate drinks, delicious sweets, pastries, sandwiches, and light meals such as pastas. All the food are good and delicious.
The Haas & Haas Tea Room is an excellent place to take a break and relax from a tiring day of sight-seeing and shopping around the Stephansplaz area. During the warmer days in Spring/Autumn and in Summer, they will open their garden adjacent to the Tea Room and you can sit outside to enjoy the fresh air with a cup of tea or coffee.
HAAS&HAAS, TEE & SPEZIALITÄTEN STORE, A-1010 Wien, Stephansplatz 4
Opening time: Mon-Fri 9.00 - 18.30 hrs & Sat 9.00 -18.00 hrs
TEEHAUS HAAS&HAAS, A-1010 Wien, Stephansplatz 4
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.00 - 20.00 hrs & Sat 8.00 -18.30 hrs
The Cafè Sperl is for me one of the nicest and most original coffee houses in Vienna. You haven't been to Vienna if you haven't experienced one of the typical Viennese coffee houses. This is my favourite - try the breakfast there or just enjoy drinking your "Melange" (pronounce it like the French word - me:lo:sh) and reading the newspaper.
They have carambole billard, if that's something you like.
The interior is originally from the year 1880.
Hope you enjoy it as much as my friends Suzan and Jim from the US... see pic below!
You should give Café Landtmann a try if you want to have a genuine Viennese coffee house experience. The Café Landtmann is an elegant coffee house and it has been in business since 1873. It is located next to the Burgtheater on the Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Ring road. Café Landtmann serves quite a large variety of beverages and different versions of coffee, tea and hot chocolate as well as excellent quality cakes and sweets. They also serve superb warm Viennese dishes.
Recently (early 2007), they have added a Wintergarden (a glass-enclosed outdoor seating area) next to the Restaurant/Café. If you can get a table there, it is wonderful to have hot coffee on a cold winter's day, while sitting in the Wintergarden room and watching snow falling gently around you. Fantastic experience!
Opens Daily from 7.30am to 12pm.
This pastry shop was founded in 1785, then it was in Michaelerpaltz. The patissier Christoph Demel acquired the business in 1857 and it moved to its present position in 1888. It still has the imperial patent K.U.K. Hof- Zuckerbacker on the shop front. The little rooms are beautifully decorated in an ornate late 19th century style. It is a bit expensive but lovely to see so I think it could be a treat after a long morning of sightseeing.
sorry but I have to replace my old photos next visit!
open daily 10.00 until 19.00
This is one of the things that this city is equaly well known as Prater! Ok, on my first visit tio Vienna we have skiped the Prater but not pasteries in a Kaffeehaus :)
As you can see on the pictures, my husband and I fall in the category of people that appreciate good food. Even though we are both rather chubby, we do not like eating just for the sake of eating. At our home, every meal is a little gastronomy holiday. Needless to say, I love to cook!
So, it wasn't a surprise to find us enjoying this type of vacation. What ever you order over there is not going to be "fat free". Make sure not to miss "Heisse Schockolade mit Schlagsahne" :))))
Kaffehäuser are still a very typical feature of Viennese life; famous as a place where nobody bothered you even if you ordered just one coffee and read newspapers or discuss politics all day long. Hence, they became a favourite place for artists and literary types, coffee & culture seem to mix well. Legend has it that the Viennese looted some sacks of coffee beans from the abandoned turkish camp after the siege of Vienna 1683.
There are countless variations of coffee specialties in a Viennese Kafeehaus, among the most popular the Einspänner, Melange, Kappuziner, Franziskaner, Maria Theresia - Kaffee. Of course, you can also get a simple coffee. The coffee is always served with a glass of water.
My favourite Kaffeehaus - with a very traditional interior - is the Cafè Sperl in the Gumpendorfer Strasse. The Cafe Central (Palais Ferstel, Herrengasse 14) and the Cafè Diglas are also to be recommended.
It is one of the oldest cafes in Vienna. You can listen to the classical music or the jazz trio and drink your coffee and eat your cake.
check this web address for all cafe concerts
Traditional koffee houses with live music,
you can find here places with a pianoplayer:
and places with concerts:
and places with "Wienerlieder":
This web site is not in english, "1010 Wien" would be in the center "1020" to "1090" more or less near the center.