Vienna’s coffee culture

Experience authentic Vienna in the city’s cosy coffeehouses

A visit to a traditional Viennese coffeehouse is a must if you want to experience the “real” Vienna. Soak up the atmosphere and typical furnishings of the 19th century in the city’s historic cafés. The unbeatable taste of fresh coffee or mocha is an added bonus, with a delicious slice of cake on the side. “Really cosy” is what the Viennese call it.

Genuine Vienna coffeehouses in the inner city

Fine marble tables, classic Thonet chairs and comfortable benches – the historic but comfortable furnishings add to the inspirational atmosphere of Vienna’s traditional inner-city coffeehouses. The oldest coffeehouse in Vienna was opened in 1824, and Café Frauenhuber is still open today. Viennese etiquette dictates that you will be greeted by the waiters as “Madam” or “Sir”, as you place your order for some delicious “old Viennese” apple strudel at the Café. It is particularly exciting to realise that famous composers including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven put on musical performances in that very coffeehouse.

Popular coffeehouses in Vienna

Enjoy some well-earned relaxation time in the coffeehouses of Vienna. While you relax and read the newspaper, you can sample some delicate cakes or pastries, like an excellent Guglhupf or a piece of the famous Sachertorte. The ideal accompaniment is, of course, a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Pay a visit to the traditional coffeehouses in the centre of Vienna:

  • Café Central
    Relaxing piano music and superb pastries in the Palais Ferstel
  • Café Sacher Wien
    Original Sachertorte in the coffeehouse opposite the Vienna State Opera
  • Demel K. & K. Hofzuckerbäcker
    Artistic confectionery takes centre stage in the display window of the coffeehouse
  • Café Hofburg
    Imperial delights in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace
  • Café Imperial
    Enjoy pure elegance along with classics such as the Imperial Torte in the coffeehouse
  • Café Hawelka
    Unique “buchteln” sweets and a cultural atmosphere
  • Café Mozart
    Open 24 hours, ideal after a visit to the Vienna State Opera; take the D-line tram from The Harmonie Vienna
  • Café Landtmann
    A traditional and elegant coffeehouse on the Ring Road; take the D-line tram from The Harmonie Vienna
  • and many more…

Viennese coffeehouse culture: a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage

The coffeehouses of Vienna don’t just provide enjoyment, they also inspire a unique attitude towards life in the heart of the Austrian metropolis. Tradition meets convenience – quite a contrast to the hectic pace of life today. For just this reason, Viennese coffeehouse culture has been listed as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO since 2011.

Coffee, tea and more at your central hotel, The Harmonie Vienna

Your central hotel, The Harmonie Vienna, also offers you a cosy Viennese experience. You can enjoy an original Vienna coffee break in the Harmonie Lounge every afternoon. Drink a cup of coffee or tea or even nibble on some sweet or savoury delicacies while you read your newspaper.

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