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The Hawelka coffee house on a quiet Thursday morning

The Viennese coffee house (German: Wiener Kaffeehaus) is a typical institution of Vienna that played an important part in shaping Viennese culture.

Since October 2011 the "Viennese Coffee House Culture" is listed as "Intangible Cultural Heritage" in the Austrian inventory of the "National Agency for the Intangible Cultural Heritage", a part of UNESCO. The Viennese coffee house is described in this inventory as a place "where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill."[1]

Viennese coffee house culture[edit]

Coffee house culture: the newspaper, the glass of water and the marble tabletop

The social practices, the rituals, the elegance create the very specific atmosphere of the Viennese café.[2] Coffee Houses entice with a wide variety of coffee drinks, international newspapers, and pastry creations. Typical for Viennese Coffee Houses are marble tabletops, Thonet chairs, newspaper tables and interior design details in the style of Historicism.[3] The Austrian writer Stefan Zweig described the Viennese Coffee House as an institution of a special kind, "actually a sort of democratic club, open to everyone for the price of a cheap cup of coffee, where every guest can sit for hours with this little offering, to talk, write, play cards, receive post, and above all consume an unlimited number of newspapers and journals."[4] Zweig in fact attributed a good measure of Vienna's cosmopolitan air to the rich daily diet of current and international information offered in the coffee houses.

In many classic cafés (for example Café Central and Café Prückel) piano music is played in the evening and social events like literary readings are held. In warmer months, customers can often sit outside in a Schanigarten. Almost all coffee houses provide small food dishes like sausages as well as desserts, cakes and tarts, like Apfelstrudel, Millirahmstrudel, Punschkrapfen and Linzer torte.

Unlike some other café traditions around the world, it is completely normal for a customer to linger alone for hours and study the omnipresent newspaper. Along with coffee, the waiter will serve an obligatory glass of cold tap water and during a long stay will often bring additional water unrequested, with the idea to serve the guest with an exemplary sense of attention.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, leading writers of the time became attached to the atmosphere of Viennese cafés and were frequently seen to meet, exchange and to even write there. Literature composed in cafés is commonly referred to as coffee house literature, the writers thereof as coffee house poets. The famous journal Die Fackel ("The Torch") by Karl Kraus is said to have been written in cafés to a large extent. Other coffee house poets include Arthur Schnitzler, Alfred Polgar, Friedrich Torberg, and Egon Erwin Kisch. Famous writer and poet Peter Altenberg even had his mail delivered to his favorite café, the Café Central.

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Café Schwarzenberg in Vienna

Legend has it that soldiers of the Polish-Habsburg army, while liberating Vienna from the second Turkish siege in 1683, found a number of sacks with strange beans that they initially thought were camel feed and wanted to burn. The Polish king Jan III Sobieski granted the sacks to one of his officers named Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki, who started the first coffee house. This story was published by the Catholic Priest Gottfried Uhlich in 1783 in his History of the second Turkish Siege, and he took some liberties. In reality,[editorializing] Kulczycki's coffee house missed being the first by more than a year. A more factual account has been reported by Karl Teply.[5]

After some experimentation, the legend goes on, Kulczycki added some sugar and milk, and the Viennese coffee tradition was born. This achievement has been recognized in many modern Viennese coffeehouses by hanging a picture of Kulczycki in the window.[6] Another account is that Kulczycki, having spent two years in Ottoman captivity, knew perfectly well what coffee really was and tricked his superiors into granting him the beans that were considered worthless.[7]

According to recent research, Vienna's first coffee house was in fact opened by an Armenian businessman named Johannes Diodato in 1685.[8][9][10][11] 15 years later, four Greek owned coffeehouses had the privilege to serve coffee.[12][verification needed]

The new drink was well received, and coffee houses began to pop up rapidly. In the early period, the various drinks had no names, and customers would select the mixtures from a colour-shaded chart.

The heyday of the coffee house was the turn of the nineteenth century when writers like Peter Altenberg, Alfred Polgar, Karl Kraus, Hermann Broch and Friedrich Torberg made them their preferred place of work and pleasure. Many famous artists, scientists, and politicians of the period such as Arthur Schnitzler, Stefan Zweig, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Adolf Loos, Theodor Herzl, Alfred Adler,[13] and even Leon Trotsky were constant coffee house patrons. In Prague, Budapest, Krakow, and Lviv and other cities of the Austro-Hungarian empire there were also many coffee houses according to the Viennese model.

In the 1950s, the period of "coffee house death" began, as many famous Viennese coffee houses had to close. This was due to the popularity of television and the appearance of modern espresso bars. Nevertheless, many of these classic Viennese coffee houses still exist. A renewed interest in their tradition and tourism have prompted a comeback. Some relatively modern Viennese coffee houses have emerged in North America, such as Julius Meinl Chicago and Kaffeehaus de Chatillon in greater Seattle and Cafe Sabarsky in Manhattan.

Notable coffee houses[edit]

The Café Prückel at night The original 1950s interior of the Café Prückel
  • Kaffee Alt Wien, Bäckerstraße 9
  • Café Bräunerhof, Stallburggasse 2 – Thomas Bernhard's favourite café in Vienna
  • Café Central, in the Palais Ferstel, Herrengasse 14 (corner of Strauchgasse) – Peter Altenberg's favorite café and at times his primary address
  • Café Griensteidl, Michaelerplatz 2 – the favourite café of Leon Trotsky and many writers of that era, closed June 2017
  • Café Demel, Kohlmarkt 14 – the most famous sweet bakery, less of a typical café
  • Café Hawelka, Dorotheergasse 6
  • Café Landtmann, Universitätsring 4 – Sigmund Freud's preferred café
  • Café Sacher, Philharmonikerstraße 4 (a café part of the Hotel Sacher)
  • Café Schwarzenberg, Kärntner Ring 17 (at Schwarzenbergplatz)
  • Café Sperl, Gumpendorferstraße 11
  • Café Museum, Operngasse 7
  • Aida, a chain of traditional Viennese coffee and pastry shops with locations all over the city; one popular location is right beside Stephansplatz.

See also[edit]

  1. ^ Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria: Viennese Coffee House Culture
  2. ^ Viennese Coffee House Culture
  3. ^ Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria: Viennese Coffee House Culture
  4. ^ Robert Edward Norton: Secret Germany: Stefan George and his circle (Google books)
  5. ^ Karl Teply: The introduction of coffee in Vienna. Georg Franz Koltschitzky. Johannes Diodato. Isaac de Luca. In: Society for History of the City of Vienna; Felix Czeike (ed.): research and contributions to the Viennese city's history. 6, Kommissionsverlag Youth and Culture, Vienna - Munich 1980 ISBN 3-7005-4536-3 (208 pages, 15 illustrations
  6. ^ "Coffee Timeline". Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. 
  7. ^ Krystyna Bockenheim, Przy polskim stole, Wroclaw 2003, p. 69
  8. ^ Markman Ellis (12 May 2011). The Coffee-House: A Cultural History. Orion. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-78022-055-0. 
  9. ^ Csendes, Peter (1999). Historical Dictionary of Vienna. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. p. 47. ISBN 9780810835627. 
  10. ^ Krondl, Michael (2011). Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. p. 274. ISBN 9781556529542. 
  11. ^ McCabe, Ina Baghdiantz (2008). Orientalism in Early Modern France: Eurasian Trade, Exoticism and the Ancien Regime. Oxford: Berg. p. 196. ISBN 9781845203740. 
  12. ^ Teply, Karl: Die Einführung des Kaffees in Wien. Verein für Geschichte der Stadt Wien, Wien 1980, Vol. 6. p. 104. citated in: Seibel, Anna Maria: Die Bedeutung der Griechen für das wirtschaftliche und kulturelle Leben in Wien. p. 94 online available under: (.pdf)
  13. ^ Hoffman, E. (1994). The Drive for Self: Alfred Adler and the founding of Individual Psychology. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley, pp. 52, 77, 85-86, 101


  • Wurmdobler, Christopher (2005). Kaffeehäuser in Wien. Ein Führer durch eine Wiener Institution. Klassiker, moderne Cafés, Konditoreien, Coffeeshops. Falter Verlag. ISBN 3-85439-332-6. 
  • Béatrice Gonzalés-Vangell, Kaddish Et Renaissance - La Shoah Dans Les Romans Viennois (1991–2001) De Robert Schindel, Robert Menasse Et Doron Rabinovici, Presses Universitaires Du Septentrion, 2005, 328 pages. ISBN 2-85939-900-3
  • Michael Rössner (Ed.): Literarische Kaffeehäuser, Kaffeehausliteraten. Böhlau, 1999, ISBN 3-205-98630-X.

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Coffeehouses in the Old City

You can find dozens of traditional cafés in Vienna’s Old City. Here you will encounter Viennese coffee house culture in its most original form.

Café Bellaria

A friendly café steeped in tradition, close to the Ringstrasse, Kunsthistorisches Museum and the MuseumsQuartier. The food is excellent and the waiters are friendly and helpful – relaxation is definitely the order of the day here.

Bellaria Straße 6, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times
    • Mo - Fr, 07:30 - 00:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 00:00
    • Su, 11:00 - 21:00
    • on holidays, 11:00 - 21:00
    • Piano music Mo 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Café Central

This legendary literati café, which counted Arthur Schnitzler, Peter Altenberg and Adolf Loos among its regulars, has a charm of its own that transforms a visit into an experience. Viennese cuisine, homemade cakes and pastries and piano music.

Herrengasse/Strauchgasse, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times
    • Mo - Sa, 07:30 - 22:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 22:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 22:00
    • Piano music daily from 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Demel K. & K. Hofzuckerbäckerei

The creatively designed display windows and cases at Demel, the former Imperial and Royal confectionary, entice passersby with pastries and sweets which long ago tickled the palate of Empress Elizabeth and still bring delight to coffeehouse visitors today. At Demel, the sales and serving personnel have been exclusively female for 200 years.

Kohlmarkt 14 , 1010 Wien
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  • Accessibility
    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   115  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 115 cm wide , Door 75 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker Shop · Bar · Café-Restaurant

Enjoy and relax – in the bar with living room atmosphere or café-restaurant in the staterooms of the Palais Todesco. Confectionery and exclusive gifts in the shop.

Kärntner Straße 51, Palais Todesco, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times
    • Shop & Bar daily, 10:00 - 23:00
    • Café-Restaurant daily, 11:00 - 17:00
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Café Am Hof Park Hyatt Vienna

Inspired by 19th century coffeehouse culture, this coffeehouse is an ideal meeting point at any time of the day, serving everything from a melange, homemade torte and quick snacks, through to breakfast.

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Café Hawelka

This artist’s café is more – it’s a Viennese institution. Gourmets recognize the Hawelka - especially after 10 pm - by the wonderful smell of Buchteln, yeast buns filled with jam. Its unique charm has made the Hawelka a popular meeting place for artists - and an oasis of peace right in the center of the city.

Dorotheergasse 6 , 1010 Wien
  • Opening times
    • Mo - Th, 08:00 - 00:00
    • Fr - Sa, 08:00 - 01:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 00:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 00:00
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Café Hofburg

This elegant café awaits you in the Imperial Palace, where the Sisi Museum, the Imperial Apartments, the Imperial Silver Collection, the Treasuries and the Spanish Riding School bring about nostalgic dreams.

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Café Imperial

Fine Viennese coffeehouse cakes have been served here since 1873, its former clientele including regulars such as composer Gustav Mahler and the critic Karl Kraus. Today this elegant, listed coffeehouse serves one of the city’s best schnitzels.

Kärntner Ring 16, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times
    • daily, 07:00 - 23:00
    • Piano music Sa, Su 3:30 pm -7:30 pm
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Café Landtmann

Franz Landtmann created a coffeehouse institution when he opened Vienna’s largest “café locality” in the year 1873. His patrons have included Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider, Paul McCartney and Hillary Clinton.

Universitätsring 4, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times
    • Mo - Su, 07:30 - 00:00
    • Piano music Su, Mo, Tu 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm (summer: only Mo, Tu)
  • Accessibility
    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   120  cm  wide )
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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Café Mozart

There has been a café on this site since 1794. During the Biedermeier age, it became a popular meeting place for artists. Right opposite the Albertina and close to the museums in the Imperial Palace and the opera house, to this day this tradition-steeped café combines culture with fine coffee.

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Café Museum

No other Viennese coffeehouse can claim to have served more geniuses over the years than Café Museum. Artists Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka were regulars, as were writers Karl Kraus and Elias Canetti, and architects Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos.

Operngasse 7, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times
    • daily, 08:00 - 00:00
    • Piano music Fr - Su 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Café Schwarzenberg

This café has been a popular meeting place since it opened in the 19th century. Enjoy conversations over traditional coffee and tea specialties and fine pastries.

Kärntner Ring 17, 1010 Wien
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  • Opening times
    • Mo - Fr, 07:30 - 00:00
    • Sa - Su, 08:30 - 00:00
    • Piano music Th, Fr 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm, Sa, Su 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The 10 Best Cafés and Coffee Houses in Vienna, Austria

Café Schwarzenberg

Cafe, Austrian, $$$

Café Schwarzenberg is famed for being the oldest café on the Ringstrasse (the fast-moving ring road that wraps around the city). Unusually for the Austrian capital, literary figures and artists were not traditionally among the regular guests. Instead, it was – and still is – frequented by businessmen who enjoy reading a newspaper over a coffee and strudel after work. As well as the many dainty desserts and hot drinks on offer, there is a spread of Austrian dishes on the menu. For a truly traditional experience, you could order a liver dumpling soup as a starter, Tafelspitz (prime boiled beef) as a main, and – if you have room – an apple strudel for dessert.

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Sun - Mon:

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Süssmund Kaffeebar

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$

Modern interior | © Süssmund Kaffeebar

This micro-roastery was founded in 2014 by Nikolaus Hartman, who has a great passion for sourcing the very best beans for his blend. The Süssmund Kaffeebar in the Old Post Office is a hip, stripped-down venue with an elegant layout – white and baby-blue walls and chipboard flooring. Its minimal appearance is perhaps a nod to what really matters – the quality of the drink itself. The coffee is ethically sourced, with the company paying close attention to the processing and cooperation with farmers.

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Sun - Mon:

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Café Prückel

Cafe, Austrian, $$$

Café Prückel | © / Café Prückel

For more than 100 years, the iconic Café Prückel has been a pillar of the Viennese coffee house movement. Embodying all the traits synonymous with the culture of Viennese coffee-drinking (including the imperative tuxedo-clad waiters), the beautifully decorated 1950s-style café was added to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list in November 2011. Dressed in pastel pink and filled with soft furnishings, the café’s interior wouldn’t look out of place in a Wes Anderson film.

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Sun - Mon:

8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Café Central

Cafe, Austrian, $$$

Café Central opened its doors in 1876, built in the style of late Romantic Historicism, which combines the architecture of old buildings with new elements. Numerous notable historical figures – such as Leo Trotsky, Arthur Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud and Hugo von Hofmannsthal – were among its regulars, and the café continues to profit from the reputation of its literary past. After the Second World War, Café Central was closed for roughly four decades, but was renovated and reopened in 1986. It has lost nothing of its originality, charm and style, and still spoils its guests with traditional Austrian dishes.

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Mon - Sat:

7:30 am - 10:00 pm


Cafe, Contemporary, $$$

The industrial interior | © Zweitbester

Furnished in an industrial style – with raw-brick walls, grey concrete floors and simple seating – Zweitbester is a far cry from the cosy warmth of the traditional coffee houses. Nevertheless, the ambiance is comfortable and unique. The dishes are fresh, created using organic vegetables, regional meats and bread from an organic bakery, and guests have the option of either a daily curated menu or the fixed menu, as well as a sustainable and tasty brunch served until 2pm at weekends.

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Sun - Mon:

10:00 am - 2:00 am


Cafe, Contemporary, $$$

Balthasar | © Nicky Webb

Situated in the newly gentrified 2nd district of Vienna, Leopoldstadt, this innovative and chic café has a clean and uncomplicated feel, making it reassuringly clear that they are focused on the art of coffee alone. The interior is elegant and thoughtfully designed, with smooth grey walls and a few unusual and intriguing features, such as the golden, crinkly light shades that hang above the counter. With cheerful and attentive staff and coffee with a strong yet smooth taste, this isn’t one to be missed.

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7:30 am - 7:00 pm

Sat - None:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kaffee Alt Wien

Cafe, Austrian, $$$

To say Kaffee Alt Wien is already an institution in Vienna’s coffee culture is an understatement. Located in the heart of the city center, tucked away in the cobbled back streets, it was founded by the Viennese café entrepreneur Leopold Hawelka back in 1936. Guests can enjoy one of the coffee specialities, have a tasty typical Austrian dish or go the whole hog and settle in for the evening. The extraordinary thing, though – which attracts students, artists and tourists alike – is the interior with its poster-covered walls.

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Mon - Sun:

10:00 am - 2:00 am

Kleines Café

Cafe, Austrian, $$$

In German, kleine means small, and this café certainly lives up to its name. Often full of locals, this place has authentic Viennese vibes – it’s smoky, charming and delightfully low-key – and is very much the place to be if you want a break from the well-trodden tourist track. Located a stone’s throw away from the action on the bustling Kärntner Strasse in the 1st district, Kleines Café – nestled in the tranquil, private square of Franziskanerplatz – feels a world away from the madness.

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8:00 am - 2:00 am

Kaffee Fabrik

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$

© Kaffee Fabrik

Both a café and a roasting house, this modestly sized venue makes you feel instantly welcome. The coffee is, for the most part, from organic cooperatives and fair trade producers, and the coffees on offer are in regular rotation and served with organic or lactose-free milk. Guests can also order homemade tea, hot chocolate, juices, cakes and tarts.

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Sun - Mon:

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Café Espresso

Cafe, Austrian, $$$

Despite the fact that Café Espresso first opened its doors in 2004, there is a distinct 1950s vibe to the interior. It has a relaxed ambiance that will draw you in, and a great selection of ‘cult coffees’ – including a wide variety of caffeinated beverages, from vanilla lattes, white hot chocolates and carajillos (espressos with Spanish brandy) to the more traditional Viennese favourites.

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8:00 am - 2:00 am

Vienna Specialty Coffee Guide

Vienna has a centuries old coffee house tradition which still stands today. Cafe Central, Demel, Landtmann and many more offer coffee and delicious cakes in an old world, traditional atmosphere. Frequented by the likes of Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt and Marlene Dietrich in the past, they are fantastic places to linger on any trip to Vienna.

But that’s not what I’m talking about here.

I’m talking about third wave coffee, passionate baristas who love their craft, flat whites, cortados and cold brews. I’m talking about independent cafes with beans sourced direct from farms around the world, often fair trade and organic, always delicious.

I was very late to the coffee scene, only taking up the habit last year. But finding the best coffee quickly became a obsession passion. There’s no reason we can’t have delicious coffee when travelling and I’m happy to do the research to find the best coffee in Europe.

On my last two visits to Vienna I tested 10 specialty coffee shops and I have more on my list for next time.

Just a quick note that in Vienna a flat white is usually made with a double espresso topped up with frothed milk, not like how they make them in Australia.

Vienna has a fantastic coffee scene with award winning baristas, artisan roasting and direct-trade beans. I might still be a coffee novice but I know you won’t be disappointed with these cafes. This is my guide to the best coffee in Vienna.

Top 5 – Reviewed over Multiple Trips

POC – People on CaffeineSchlösselgasse 218th District

An awesome hipster cafe (in a good way) located in a former church in the 8th district close to the Votiv Church. The barista is exceptionally friendly and will happily explain the different types of coffee and beans on offer. Their cortado is a double espresso with the same amount of milk. Amazing. There was no cold brew the day I was there but they have frappes and iced versions of all their coffees. I had my first ever espresso tonic here which, if you don’t know, is a slightly sweet iced tonic water with a shot or two of espresso. This place is tiny with only four tables but has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I love this place. For me, POC has the best coffee experience in Vienna.

KaffemikZollergasse 57th District

I almost always stay in the 7th district when visiting Vienna and this is my regular cafe when in town. The coffee is smooth, the flat white strong. They also do one of the best cold brews in Vienna. They have tasty desserts too, in particular the cheesecake.

Jonas ReindlWahringer Strasse 2-49th District

Jonas Reindl is one of the larger specialty coffee shops in Vienna with young baristas and one the most delicious, light cortado I’ve ever enjoyed. It’s very popular with the laptop crowd so get there early if you want to work. It’s a laidback cafe and the staff are more than happy for you to linger. Jonas Reindl get their coffee from Italian roastery Gardelli Specialty Coffees and this is where I buy my coffee beans. The Costa Rica and Guatemala beans are delicious. Note that payment is by cash only.

Brass MonkeyGumpendorfer Strasse 716th District

I’m also a regular at the Brass Monkey where the Greek owners are super friendly and make the best flat white in Vienna. The owners will happily discuss coffee with you as well as a bit of politics or whatever else you like. The food selection is limited to cupcakes and a few other sweet things, all tasty if you have a sweet tooth.

Wiener RoesthausTigergasse 338th DistrictandPrater 802nd District

Not your typical hipster cafe, the decor is pretty and cute and they only have a couple of tables (in their 8th district shop). But the coffee is fantastic and the barista is one of the most passionate I met in Vienna. They are obsessed with coffee and will carefully explain the differences in the beans they are using that week. The have another location in the 2nd where they do cold drip coffee. In the shop you can buy coffee beans, machines and accessories.

More Specialty Coffee – by District

Depending on where you are staying, you could also try the excellent, third wave coffee at these independent cafes.

CaffeCoutureFreyung 2 (in the arcade)1st District

At CaffeCouture you’ll find some of the best coffee in the historic city centre. I’ve been many times and all the different coffees are excellent, especially the cold brew. They also do fantastic leaf brewed tea if you would like to skip the caffeine. A huge bonus here is the stunning location in one of the most beautiful arcades in Vienna.

Suessmun KaffeebarDominikanerbastei 111st District

One for the design lovers. Suessmun is in the historic 1st district but away from the crowds and hipsters. I was the only customer on both occasions I visited but I’d imagine it’s busier earlier in the morning when the local office workers are on their way to work. The cafe is in a beautiful setting and the delicious coffee carefully prepared.

Cafe EL.ANWerdertorgasse 41st District

Cafe EL.AN is in the popular 1st district but in a quiet area busy with office workers. Plenty of people stop by for takeaway coffee but there are some comfy chairs if you want to stay a while. I’ve only ever tried the cold brew here, made with the Japanese Mizudashi coffee maker by Hario. I think I’ll buy one of these next time I come across one.

KaffeekuecheSchottentor Passage 8 (in the metro station)1st District

I was a bit against trying the coffee here as the shop is in the metro and they only offer paper takeaway cups. I don’t like to get takeaway coffee as I love the experience of sitting down and taking the time to enjoy what I’m drinking plus I dislike drinking from paper cups. Anyway, the coffee here was nice and the barista happily made me a cortado once I explained to him what it is. I wouldn’t return here knowing the brilliant Jonas Reindl and Cafe EL.AN are so close by.

Balthasar Coffee BarPraterstraße 382nd District

Larger than most of the independent cafes. Balthaser has a huge range of coffees and excellent, knowledgeable baristas. The cortado is the best I had in Vienna and they do a great cold drip. Some of the best third wave coffee in the 2nd district.

KaffeefabrikFavoritenstrasse 4-64th District

Kaffeefabrik is a hole in the wall cafe in the popular 4th district. There isn’t much room to take a seat but you can sit outside when the weather is good. I rate this as the best specialty coffee in the 4th district with a friendlier, more comfortable location than nearby Alt Wien Kaffee.

Alt Wien KaffeeSchleifmühlgasse 234th District

The baristas were taste-testing coffee while I was there so they are obviously passionate about what they’re doing. The upstairs cafe area is quite small, it resembles a bar, while downstairs is the shop selling coffee beans and gourmet groceries. The coffee here is good of course but for me they lost points because they don’t know how to make a flat white. What they call a flat white is more like a huge latte. Really huge. It reminded me of France where they traditionally drink their morning cafe au lait out of a bowl. Many of the coffees at Alt Wien are organic and fair trade which is always a bonus.

Kaffee Von SaschaPilgramgasse 35th District

This is a very cool little shop in the 5th with a friendly barista and a great flat white. Be sure to also try the awesome homemade cheesecake. Sascha’s is the best specialty coffee in the 5th district.

KaffeemodulJosefstädter Straße 358th District

Another hole in the wall type coffee shop, Kaffeemodul is probably the smallest of the specialty coffee shops in Vienna. The coffee is good and they sell beans and accessories. However, with only a small space to sit it’s not somewhere you’d go for a relaxing coffee break, grabbing a takeaway coffee might be a better option.

Coffee PiratesSpitalgasse 179th District

A larger space than most and a nice place to linger with friends. They seemed a little disorganised and slow to clean up but this is easily the best coffee in the 9th district. Not worth a special trip but grab a coffee if you’re in the area.

My (ever-expanding) list for next time:

SupersensePraterstraße 702nd District

Fuerth KaffeeKirchengasse 447th District

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these cafes, they are all doing great things. I suggest picking the cafe closest to where you are staying and one or two for when you are out exploring Vienna.

Do you know of any other specialty coffee places I’ve missed and should try next time I’m in Vienna (which will be very soon)?


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