Cafés to Visit in Vienna
Vienna has a rich and deep culture and the city cafés are a reflection of it, cafés in the city have always been a destination for writers, artists and musicians to gather since the 18th century.
Cafés play an important role in a cities culture, it acts as a place of gathering and exchange of conversations, ideas and much more.
Vienna has a unique café scene in the fact that it offers cafés with a deeply rich history and a wave of new modern cafés designed for Millenials and digital nomads.
Here are five cafés we visited on our recent trip to Vienna.
Ströck Feierabend was our favorite café to visit, it has a great atmosphere with long operating hours. This makes it a good spot for those who enjoy an early morning coffee or a nightcap cappuccino. If you are looking for a place to work or study its long hours' offer you breakfast, lunch and a dinner menu.
At night time the café turns into a cocktail bar, where people come for drinks and dinner. After a cup of coffee, it could be time for an old fashion or a nice glass of wine.
During the day the café is nice and calm. If you are looking to relax and an extensive food menu you should definitely visit Ströck Feierabend.
It also features a typical Austrian bakery, where you can grab a coffee and a croissant or sandwich to go while heading to The Hofburg or one of many beautiful sights in Vienna.
While at Ströck Feierabend we enjoyed a cup of cappuccino with a Tiroler Edle Yogurt and Cranberry chocolate bar.
Landstraßer Hauptstraße 82, Vienna
Mo – Sa 7:00 – 24:00, Su 7:00 – 18:00
Café Schwarzenberg is a historic coffeehouse in Vienna. It first opened in 1861 and is famous for being the oldest café on historic Ringstrasse.
The coffeehouse during the 19th century was not known for a spot for Vienniesian artists to gather, it was rather known as a place for businessmen and influential entrepreneurs to meet. The famous architect Josef Hoffmann was known to visit the café and even worked on many of his designs at Café Schwarzenberg.
Café Schwarzenberg is known for their desserts and selection of hot beverages. The café offers a true traditional Vienniesian experience and is worth visiting if in Vienna.
We visited Café Schwarzenberg during a summer heatwave, so we ordered their homemade Cold Brew and snacked on a Tiroler Edle Hazelnut Nougat chocolate bar.
Kärntner Ring 17, Vienna
Mo – Fr 7:30 – 24:00, Sat & Su 8:30 – 24:00
7*Stern translated to English is 7*Star, it is a café and cultural center. The café prides itself as an open space for everyday culture, art, and politics.
The café offers a modern 20th-century ambiance that acts as a space for pleasure and work. You can find many local University students using the café as a sort of study hall.
7*Stern features a wonderful patio that must be used during the summer. They also have a full menu and is a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
They host an abundance of events including concerts, readings, theater, poetry slams, cabaret, workshops, and discourse.
The café definitely reflects the neighborhood Neubau in which its located in and is a great choice if you are looking for a progressive café to enjoy an expresso in.
We visited 7*Stern and enjoyed their powerful expresso for snacking we brought a chocolate bar from local chocolate shop BONBONS only a couple of meters away from the café, which makes their own chocolate bar and also has a selection of various bars and candy.
If you are looking for places in Vienna to shop chocolate, read our Five Chocolate Shops to Visit in Vienna Blog.
Siebensterngasse 31, Vienna
Mo – Sat 9:00 – 02:00, Su 9:00 – 24:00
One of Vienna's more popular cafés, you can find lineups to get in starting outside on the street. Café Central first opened in 1876 and featured a notable guest list of Leo Trotsky, Arthur Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud, and Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
Café Central still prides its self on its historic past. After World War II the café was closed until the mid-1980s when it reopened. It still has its originality and charm with a delicious menu of Austrian dishes.
We did not bring a chocolate bar to Café Central but rather had their Wiener Schnitzel which is worth the lineup.
Siebensterngasse 31, Vienna
Mo – Sat 7:30 – 22:00, Su 10:00 – 22:00
Pirates Coffee Vienna
Pirates Coffe Vienna has a hostel vibe to it and you can find internationals working behind the counter. Their coffee is organic and roasted on-site. The café is located near the university and you can find local students drinking coffee, discussing and studying inside throughout the day.
They also feature a long patio outside that you can decide to sit at if you need some vitamin D with your dose of caffeine.
The café is definitely more tailored towards students and digital nomads, but if you are a coffee enthusiast their organic coffee is worth the sip.
It was an extremely hot day when we visited the café, so we decided not to take out our chocolate bar, instead had a shot of espresso and continued our tour of Vienna.
Spitalgasse 17, Vienna.
Mo – Sat 8:00 – 18:00, Su 09:00 – 17:00
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