Oh Vienna, I Love Your Cafés

I love Europe because of old trams, beautiful architecture, historic cafés…. Europe has a side to it that no other continent offers. One such side is that of Vienna with its traditional coffee houses. I know that every city in Europe has coffee to offer. Then why is Vienna so special??

Simply because the Viennese coffee houses are not just coffee shops but institutions of social events and culture. They are places to chat and read the newspaper. Places with marble tables and a cosmopolitan air. Places where the piano is played and gentlemen play cards in a corner. Places where one can sit and write all day.

“Where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill”.

-The Intangible Cultural Heritage 

So here’s showing you a list of my favorite cafes in the city, which by sheer coincidence  (#NOT) are historic! 😉
Café Sperl: Fans of the movie Before Sunrise will easily recognize this place. I visited it only because a major part of the movie was shot here. Remember the telephone chat?? It was so sweet. Right in the middle of the elegant Sperl! This place has been serving coffee since the year 1880 and stepping in will make you feel as if you walked back in time. Velvet upholstery, old furniture, dainty cups and impeccably dressed servers, Sperl is such a treat. Do try their famous double mocha with or without cream, a speciality that the server suggested me.

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Café Landtmann: I saw more locals in Landtmann than anywhere. And also locals staring at me! It was as if I had invaded their space. This café is on a slightly different street, a walk away from the main landmarks and maybe that is why not as heavily thronged by tourists. A local suggested me to visit here and I am so glad for that. On both my visits to Vienna, I spent a good amount of time here with delicious goodies on my table. Their line of pastries are probably the best I saw. Ever.

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Café Griensteidl: The Griendteidl is one of my favorites! Horse drawn carriages outside and a view of the Hofburg Complex, this place has been a regular meeting place for a lot of literary influencers as well as locals. Being a 19th century café , Griendteidl is very charming. The interiors are lovely and sandwiches are excellent. Griendteidl  is also slightly more easy on the pocket despite being in the centre of Vienna. However, that being said, I saw very few tourists here too.

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Café Central: There is a queue to enter this café. Yes! I couldn’t fathom how a queue that covered more than half the street would help me get that famed cup of coffee. But it was in about 10 minutes that I had got a seat next to the pastry counter. I wasn’t complaining 🙂 I doubt if they ever have a moment of peace. The place was jam packed and service was super fast. I tried their vegetable soup since it was so windy and cold and finished it with some chocolate pastries.

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Café Sacher: Located in four different Austrian cities, Sacher is a hotel chain in the country and therefore a big name. It is famous for its Socher Torte which I went to try after a 3 hour walk in the city. The cozy atmosphere of this café made me sat there for longer and I missed seeing the Opera. I totally blame Sacher! 😉 Their torta is a chocolate cake, slightly pricey, but worth trying. Its recipe goes as far as the year 1832.

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I was fortunate to visit Vienna (Wien) twice in the past year. If you haven’t read my post on Imperial Vienna with Context Travel and my stay at 25 Hours Hotel yet, do give it a read. It will give you a little more understanding of this elegant city.

49 thoughts on “Oh Vienna, I Love Your Cafés

  1. I also really like this city, I go there for work more times every year, and I love its cafè too.
    But IMHO in a list of the best cafès of Vienna there must be also Demel, which I think is the oldest and it was the official purveyor of the Imperial and Royal Court 🙂 moreover, I personally prefer their Sacher Torte than the one in the Hotel Sacher. It’s very interesting the story of their trial for the rights about the cake 🙂

    1. Your honest opinion is good. I missed demel both the times. I don’t know how 😉 the cake and the history is very interesting indeed. Say hello to the city for me the next time you are there for work!

  2. These all look wonderful! I’ve never been to Austria; my boyfriend has spent time there but never visited Vienna, so it’ll have to go on the list. I’ve also heard of the two different Sacher tortes – they both look pretty good to me!

  3. Ohh, Vienna, indeed. 🙂 My father used to work there in the 90’s for several years and I got to spend quite some time there. Oh yes, I remember their coffee with its many names and varieties, and its price that was always a surprise, more fit for a cocktail. The “1 EUR or less” espresso rule of Rome comes to mind (unless you sit down, that is). I loved Vienna, just strolling around, all that it has to offer, as for the people – they are much too cultured for me. Towards the end of my stay I had a feeling I might scream at the next person who says “excuse me” for brushing against me slightly. No wonder I find myself in Italy now. 😉
    All these desserts are seriously tempting, except the Sacher cake is a bit too dry for my taste.

    1. Yes very pricey food in general and I understand what you mean about the people..not friendly for Italian standards. The Italians spoil us;) I liked the sacher cake

  4. I only had one day in Vienna and loved it. I included it in my book Amanda on the Danube. My husband loves coffee and we stopped at three coffee shops during the day. We were never disappointed. We resisted Café Sacher. Maybe next time!!

  5. Many years ago I was fortunate to spend 6 weeks in Vienna and spent so much time hanging out in its famous coffee shops. Your post just transported me back in time! It’s about time I visited Vienna again.

  6. Nice. I, too, remember sitting in the Sacher Hotel with my torte, soaking up the atmosphere in proportion to the price of the cake. And I found out that it was easy to miss the downbeat of at the Vienna Opera, literally running up those many flights of steps to my seat in the nosebleed section. Yes, the music begins punctunally in Vienna!

          1. I haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve experienced many a Herr Ober. And my opera house experience – they ran out of programs in the top balconies, so as we were leaving, my friend happened to see one sitting on a chair in a box at a lower level. She went in and picked it up, not seeing the stout Austrian lady in her fur coat who was apparently said program’s owner. She started yelling and waving her arms like we had broken into her house. Yes, the programs weren’t free, but they were only a couple of Euros and it looked as though it had been abandoned…

  7. What a lovely post. The cafe culture of international cities is something I especially love too! And it’s not just for Europe — when I was in Buenos Aires, I was pleasantly surprised by abundance of quaint cafes and such delicious coffee and treats. I’m off soon to my favorite little Belgian cafe in Sydney to get my morning started. Hope you are well. 🙂

    1. How wonderful! South America seems like a different world to me. I hardly ever hear much about it. Wonderful! Have fun..I’m off to work

  8. I could go there for the cafes alone. Although I have visited Vienna it is too long ago to remember the cafes. Beautiful city.

  9. I shouldn’t be reading this while hungry because mmm…that Sacher torte! Think I’ll need to visit Vienna because these cafes are stunning!!

  10. How much weight did you gain while in Vienna? Come on, tell us. I lived on cakes while I was there but left just enough room for wiener schnitzel in the evening. The sweet and savoury of that very sweet city

  11. I have now followed you to two of these – Sperl and Sacher. Both gorgeous. I’m sure I’ll fit at least one more in before we leave on Friday. I think, like you, I’ll come back here more than once 😁.

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