Vienna is a city that loves its coffee. It’s not just for breakfast and at the end of a long day, it’s also a popular choice for an afternoon break or even after dinner. The city is full of small cafés where you can relax with friends while enjoying a cup of hot, dark Viennese coffee. And there are lots of options when it comes to choosing which one to visit!
Café Caspar starts with our list of cosy cafés in Vienna. In the immediate vicinity of the center and only a stone’s throw from the main university, you will find this wonderful oasis of well-being. A colourfully thrown together, extremely stylish interior inspires as soon as you enter and a glance at the menu makes hearts beat faster. There you will also find extremely inexpensive offers and delicious snacks for in between such as Karfiol-Wings. The team will also provide you with really good lunch menus, fine desserts or drinks after a strenuous lecture. Individuality and a very personal touch make the café something very special.
Café Caspar | Grillparzerstraße 6, 1010 Vienna
Praterstraße 17, 1020 Vienna
Newly opened café in 2022 with special coffees and great sandwiches, vegetable and egg dishes, as well as cocktails and natural wines (also available at farm-gate prices). Sale of potted plants. Schanigarten.
Café Am Hof
The Café Am Hof at the Hotel Park Hyatt Vienna is inspired by the charming coffee house culture of the 19th century and offers everything your heart desires, from a Viennese melange to homemade cakes to a small breakfast or a quick snack. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow a charming view of the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping street. Café Am Hof im Park Hyatt Vienna, Am Hof 2, 1010 Vienna, opening hours: daily 10.00 am – 6.00 pm. www.cafe-amhof.at
Another delicacy that should not be missing in our list of the cosiest cafés in Vienna is definitely the phil. Once you have found your way here, you are guaranteed to come back again and again, but will not want to leave at all. With its mix of bookstore, café, venue and bar, phil is simply balm for all the senses and soul. The range of books is carefully selected, perhaps sometimes a bit unusual and weird – but in any case very special. The book café also spoils you with great culinary offers from morning to night. In addition, you can enjoy the last rays of sunshine in the chic pavement garden.
- Phil | Gumpendorferstraße 10-12, 1060 Vienna
hours: daily 10.00 am – 6.00 pm. www.cafe-amhof.at
The famous traditional Café Central in Palais Ferstel can look back on more than 140 years of history: since 1876, the greatest poets and thinkers of their time have come here. Here you will find typical dishes of Viennese cuisine, traditional coffee variations and sweet temptations from the in-house pâtissière. It is also wonderful to sit in the Mediterranean arcaded courtyard. Café Central, corner Herrengasse / Strauchgasse, 1010 Vienna, opening hours: Monday to Saturday 07.30 – 22.00, Sundays and public holidays 10.00 – 22.00. www.cafecentral.vienna
The real traditional Viennese café in the Wollzeile offers breakfast in all variations, varied Viennese cuisine, pastries traditionally according to grandma’s recipe and a fine glass of wine with discreet piano music in the evening. Since 1923, prominent personalities such as the young actor O.W. Fischer, the father of the then Federal Chancellor Schuschnigg and the composer Franz Lehar were regular guests here. Café Diglas, Wollzeile 10, 1010 Vienna, opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 10:30 pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 9:00 am – 10:30 pm. www.diglas.at
The Alt-Wiener Kaffeehaus offers excellent patisserie, delicious pies, cakes, confectionery and warm pastries from its own production, coffee and tea specialties, Viennese and international cuisine, a variety of breakfast options, spicy snacks and homemade ice cream in summer. It convinces with traditional charm and the interior in typical Biedermeier style. Café Dommayer, Dommayergasse 1, 1130 Vienna, opening hours: daily 7.30 am – 8.30 pm. www.oberlaa-wien.at
The traditional Café Eiles can look back on a long history: it got its name in 1901, but sixty years earlier a coffee house was founded on the same site. The furnishings, most of which still exist today, were designed by Alois Ortner in the course of a redesign in 1933. Café Eiles, Josefstädter Straße 2, 1080 Vienna, opening hours: Monday – Friday 07.00 – 00.00, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 08.00 – 00.00. www.cafe-eiles.at
The finest cakes and slices, delicious strudel and cakes, large confectioner’s works of art and small spontaneous delights characterize the traditional Café Gerstner. The confectionery was founded in 1847 – and since 1873 has even been allowed to call itself purveyor to the K.u.K. court. An address not to be missed in Vienna. Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker, Kärntner Straße 51, 1010 Vienna, opening hours: daily 10:00 am – 11:00 pm. www.gerstner-konditorei.at
The classic Art Nouveau Café Goldegg was founded in 1910 and served as a meeting place for persecuted trade unionists and revolutionary socialists during the Nazi era until May 1941. It features impressive wall panelling, black marble tables and brass chandeliers. Café Goldegg, Argentinierstraße 49 / corner Goldegggasse, 1040 Vienna, www.cafegoldegg.at
Hawelka has existed since 1936 and has been sung about several times – this is not the only reason why it is loved by the Viennese. In the 1950s and 1960s it was a smoky artists’ café, today it is an institution with somewhat gloomy charm. Not to be missed are the Buchteln, baked according to a traditional recipe, which are served every evening from 20.00 o’clock. Café Leopold Hawelka, Dorotheergasse 6, 1010 Vienna, opening hours: Monday – Thursday 08.00 – 00.00, Friday + Saturday 08.00 – 01.00, Sunday 10.00 – 00.00. www.hawelka.at
What was once the premises of a communication solution company now houses a sugar-sweet location for numerous travelers and Viennese gourmets. The Hotel Daniel convinces not only by its cool design, the central location and the pleasant flair, but also by a great breakfast offer in the in-house café. Looking at the variety of products on offer at Daniel Bakery makes our mouths water. In-house honey is produced by the busy bees on the 7th floor and all the delicious cakes and pies come fresh from the in-house bakery. If you’re lucky, get hold of the Hollywood swing!
- Hotel Daniel Wien | Landstraßer Gürtel 5, 1030 Vienna
The Café Imperial in the hotel of the same name is one of Vienna’s legendary coffee houses: lived history and the spirit of many famous guests have characterized this café since its founding in 1873. Here you can enjoy Viennese specialties, delicacies, coffee delicacies and the in-house Imperial Torte. Café Imperial at Hotel Imperial, Kärntner Ring 16, 1010 Vienna, opening hours: daily 7:00 am – 11:00 pm. www.cafe-imperial.at
The Cafemima in the middle of the Karmelitermarkt may be known to some of you as a breakfast restaurant and the Schanigarten in summer is also very popular. However, this chilled location has so much more to offer: As soon as you enter, the unique atmosphere captivates you and you seem to have landed in a large living room: vintage furniture, shabby chic, large wooden tables, many colorful lights, candles, lanterns and fairy lights wrap the location in a cozy mood. Every day there is an individual menu for lunch, mostly vegetarian or vegan. The breakfast variations are varied and range from the classic Viennese breakfast to the vegan breakfast to the very individual Mima breakfast. The perfect place to watch the hustle and bustle of the market and relax and enjoy the hustle and bustle outside!
- Cafemima | Karmelitermarkt 21-24, 1020 Vienna
An authentic piece of Vienna is Café Jelinek, which is charming and cosy. Here you almost have the impression that time has stood still with the walls yellowed by cigarette smoke and the old wrought-iron wood stove next to the bar. A Viennese original! Café Jelinek, Otto-Bauer-Gasse 5, 1060 Vienna, opening hours: daily 09:00 – 22:00. cafejelinek.steman.at
Café Little Britain
Once cosiness in British, please! This is what awaits you at Café Little Britain in Leopoldstadt. A charming restaurant that is bursting with loving furnishings, colourful floral decoration and cosy flair. Take a seat in one of the comfortable stools, order a coffee or tea and try one of the delicious pastries that can be found here. The cupcakes are a poem and you should not miss the traditional scones! To sprinkle over it, there are traditional English breakfasts (also vegan), delicious pancakes and differently filled bagels and sandwiches. In short: A place to feel good for heart, soul and palate!
- Café Little Britain | Engerthstraße 249/253, 1020 Vienna
Vienna’s most elegant coffee house: lively and cosy, stylish and charming. In the listed coffee house from 1873, tradition is lived and modernity is welcomed. Here you can take a seat on original Thonet chairs from the imperial era or in one of the cozy listed seating boxes. Café Landtmann, Universitätsring 4, 1010 Vienna, opening hours: daily 7:30 am – 12:00 am. www.landtmann.at
Plagued by wanderlust and the next holiday is still far too far away? It’s a good thing that there are such wonderful locations in Vienna that can help. One of them is the wonderful café at Burggasse 24. Second hand shopping can be wonderfully combined with browsing in front of the open fireplace, breakfast or a coffee in between. The large plants together with the shabby chic provide a lot of cosiness and deceleration in the middle of the bustling district Neubau.
- Burggasse24 | Burggasse 24, 1070 Vienna
The cosmopolitan coffee house is located behind the State Opera and has existed since 1794. Here you often meet well-known personalities from art and culture, because the famous Albertina or the hotels Bristol and Sacher are only a few steps away. You will be spoiled with coffee specialties, cakes, pastries and classic Viennese cuisine. Café Mozart, Albertinaplatz 2, 1010 Vienna, opening hours: daily 8:00 – 00:00. www.cafe-mozart.at
Favourite at the Volkstheater
Arthur-Schnitzler-Platz 1, 1070 Vienna
Kitchen until 22.30
Colorful, bright café with central bar and separate dining room in the Volkstheater. Bistronomy with a focus on regionality and organic ingredients; breakfast until 16; Mon–Fri 11.30–15.30 MM (vegetarian or with meat for € 10,– or € 12,–), homemade desserts, small, seasonal dishes in the evening; Natural wines. Café and pavement café with porch swing for 70 people each.
Immediately after its founding in 1899, the café became a Viennese artists’ meeting place with cult status: geniuses such as Gustav Klimt, Peter Altenberg and Adolf Loos were already guests here. The café is characterized by simple elegance and a cozy atmosphere. Original Thonet armchairs and red seating boxes provide flair. Café Museum, Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna, opening hours: daily 8:00 – 00:00. www.cafemuseum.at
Rauscherstraße 17, 1200 Vienna
daily 12–15 and 18–23
Sakebar by Viennese media and performance artist Florian Schmeiser, a mixture of gallery and café. Chinese and Indian street food, e.g. spicy Sichuan noodles, stuffed banana leaves or belly meat with pak choi; Miscellaneous. Varieties of sake. Schanigarten.
In a particularly magnificent building, the former European cycling champion Lurion, a well-known and dazzling personality of his time, founded today’s Prückel. After the Second World War, the front part of the café was redesigned by Oswald Haerdtl, one of the most important Viennese designers and architects of the fifties, which has been preserved to this day. Café Prückel, Stubenring 24, 1010 Vienna, opening hours: daily 8.30 am – 10.00 pm. www.prueckel.at
Markgraf-Rüdiger-Straße 14, 1150 Vienna
Mon–Thu, Sun, Hol 10–23, Fri, Sat 10–2
Cult café newly acquired in 2021. Breakfast until 14, then small hot dishes such as root lentil soup with mint and salted lemon or various toasted sandwiches with organic sourdough bread from Joseph; Beer from Kaltenhausen. interior from the 1970s; 2 pool tables. Schanigarten for approx. 30 people with porch swing.
Café Ritter was opened in 1867 and is considered one of the most traditional in the Viennese coffee house scene. Well-known Austrian artists and writers such as Friedrich Adler, Ludwig Anzengruber, Peter Rosegger, Rudolf von Alt and Gerd Jonke were among the regular guests. The interior from the interwar years is considered legendary. Café Ritter, Mariahilfer Str. 73, 1060 Vienna, opening hours: Monday – Saturday 07:30 – 22:00, Sunday 09:00 – 21:00. www.caferitter.at
Coffee house culture in the heart of Vienna: Café Sacher is probably the most famous coffee house in the Austrian capital and famous for its Sachertorte. You can enjoy them here in a typical coffee house atmosphere. A must for every visitor to Vienna! Café Sacher, Philharmonikerstr. 4, 1010 Vienna, opening hours: daily 8:00 – 00:00. www.sacher.com
In Vienna’s oldest Ringstrasse café you can enjoy relaxing hours with traditional coffee specialities, fine pastries and delicious delicacies from Viennese cuisine. Since its opening in the 19th century, the café has been a popular meeting place for Viennese and visitors to Vienna. Café Schwarzenberg, Kärntner Ring 17, 1010 Vienna, opening hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 – 00:00, Saturday + Sunday 8:30 – 00:00. www.cafe-schwarzenberg.at
Ukiyo Café Bistro
Wiedner Hauptstraße 75, 1040 Vienna
Tue–Sat 9–15 and 17–21, Sun, Hol 9–18
Bistro and café with Asian cuisine. All-day breakfast and breakfast plates while stocks last; various baos and onigiris such as ukiyo wholemeal bao with pulled jackfruit or onigiri razu with Chinese roast beef; Tue–Fri 11–14 Lunch offer from € 9.50; children’s meals, chairs; homemade iced teas, sodas, splashes and cocktails; many (organic) products from regional farms. Take-away. Separate area in the basement for up to 30 people (suitable for celebrations). Schanigarten for 16th pers.
Viennese coffee house culture is lived here: since 1880, the archdukes Josef Ferdinand and Karl Ferdinand as well as stars and composers such as Lewinsky, Girardi, Eysler, Fall, Zeller, Heuberger, Millöcker, Léhar and Kalmann have been among the regular guests. Today you can enjoy homemade pastries and the Original Café Sperl cake every day. Café Sperl, Gumpendorfer Str. 11, 1060 Vienna, opening hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sundays and holidays 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. www.cafesperl.at
Kirchengasse 17, 1070 Vienna
breakfast, bagels, homemade pies and cakes (speciality: San Sebastian cheesecake); wide selection of coffees and teas, cocktails and long drinks, spirits, beer, wine and spritzer variations. Changing exhibitions and vernissages of various artists. Café for about 30, pavement garden for 12 pers.