Viennese coffeehouse reloaded
The classic Viennese coffeehouse, part of life in the capital since the nineteenth century, has seen a new trend take hold in the city in recent years. Known as third wave coffee culture, this movement puts a strong focus on the origin of the beans, storage, roasting and preparation methods. Devotees are treated to perfect cappuccinos, espressos and a wealth of other creations in primarily modern settings.
The best coffee in the first district can be found at CaffèCouture in Palais Ferstel. Award-winning barista Georg Branny even roasts his own beans in the ninth district, at CaffèCouture’s second branch. Depending on customer preferences, the coffee is brewed using various machines and methods including cold brew.
Praterstrasse in the second district, where Tyrolean restaurateur Otto Bayer opened Kaffeebar Balthasar, is a hot tip for coffee lovers. This cozy café harmonizes perfectly with the fantastic coffee which is lovingly prepared in a majestic Marzocco espresso machine. A few blocks further on is the next gem – Supersense in the Dogenhof: the facade with its Lion of St. Mark has echoes of Venice and whets the appetite for a fantastic cup of coffee.
Tobias Radinger’s Kaffeefabrik on Favoritenstrasse in the fourth district serves coffee from its own roastery in a low-key interior. The beans are sourced directly from growers. kaffemik – a project set up by a handful of IT experts in the hip seventh district – follows a similarly inspired agenda. Every month this purist café serves coffees from a changing line up of guest roasteries.
Wiener Rösthaus in the eighth district has a completely different aesthetic. Steeped in the charm of a colonial-era general store, the fantastic coffee is roasted on site. The company’s second café is in the Prater park. Café Jonas Reindl on Schottentor sells coffee from pre-eminent Viennese roastery Süssmund. Here too all eyes are on preparation – and design.
There is virtually no end to the variety of coffee drinking experiences on offer in Vienna – and with more than 1,000 cafés and espresso bars to choose from it could take a lifetime to sample all the options!
Text: Angelika Öttl
CaffèCoutureFreyung 2/Palais Ferstel, 1010 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 08:00 - 17:00
- Sa, 10:00 - 17:00
CaffèCouture Café, Showroom & RoastingLabGarnisongasse 18, 1090 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 08:30 - 17:00
- Juli-September Mo - Fr, 08:30 - 15:00
BalthasarPraterstraße 38, 1020 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 07:30 - 19:00
- Sa, 09:00 - 17:00
SupersensePraterstraße 70, 1020 Wien
- Bar & Shop Tu - Fr, 09:30 - 19:00
- Bar & Shop Sa, 10:00 - 17:00
KaffeefabrikFavoritenstraße 4-6, 1040 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 08:00 - 18:00
- Sa, 11:00 - 17:00
KaffemikZollergasse 5, 1070 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 08:00 - 18:00
- Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
- on holidays - Su, 12:00 - 18:00
Wiener RösthausTigergasse 33, 1080 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
- Sa, 09:00 - 13:00
Wiener Rösthaus in the PraterPrater 80, Straße des 1. Mai, 1020 Wien
- daily, 12:00 - 18:00
Jonas Reindl CoffeeWähringerstraße 2-4, 1090 Wien
- Mo - Fr, 07:30 - 22:00
- Sa, 09:30 - 22:00
- Su, 10:30 - 18:00