Coffeehouse walk through 23 districts

1st district: The café for bohemians

People don’t really go to Engländer for the coffee and cake, it’s more about being part of something. Artists, creatives and ad execs make up the clientèle. Genuinely a place to see and be seen.

Café Engländer

Postgasse 2, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Sa, 08:00 - 01:00
    • on holidays - Su, 10:00 - 01:00
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2nd district: A taste of Georgia

A gem of a coffeehouse on the idyllic, treelined Praterstrasse boulevard with delicious Georgian cuisine. Lovingly designed by an architect, down to the last detail.

Café Ansari

Praterstraße 15, 1020 Wien
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3rd district: For those in the know

A typical Viennese coffeehouse, yet somehow the opposite of its traditional first district cousins: quiet, slightly tucked away, a little careworn and only open during the week.

Café am Heumarkt

Am Heumarkt 15, 1030 Wien
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4th district: One for all the generations

Inside, it looks like a cool granny’s living room – with good reason: a group of grandmothers serve slices of homemade cake alongside their life stories.

Vollpension

Schleifmühlgasse 16, 1040 Wien
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5th district: A café with a garden

The Rüdigerhof garden is one of Vienna’s prettiest. The building itself is a monument to Austrian Art Nouveau and the worn yet charming interiors have an appeal all of their own.

6th district: Mirror, mirror on the wall

This beautiful historic coffeehouse is not only a popular hangout for gay men. The huge mirrors – the second largest in Europe after the ones in the Palace of Versailles – are real head-turners.

Café Savoy

Linke Wienzeile 36, 1060 Wien
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7th district: The hipster’s choice

A 1950s style espresso bar with original furnishings in the heart of hipster central: little tables, red leatherette banquettes and a curved bar. Guests who aren’t into coffee should try the milk frappé.

Café Espresso

Burggasse 57, 1070 Wien
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8th district: A real charmer

A traditional coffeehouse close to City Hall with a culinary and aesthetic spring in its step, following its recent renovation. Seemingly unchanged, yet everything’s new.

Café Eiles

Josefstädter Straße 2, 1080 Wien
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9th district: The former post office

A modern café with echoes of a bistro thanks to its eye-catching tiled floor. Breakfast is a trip around the world – just as it should be in a former telegraph office.

10th district: Social center

Between gallery sessions at the Brotfabrik, art fans can stop off for coffee at Magdas Kantine where people struggling to break into the labor market run the show.

Magdas Kantine

Absberggasse 27 , 1100 Wien
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11th district: Pomp and ceremony

An unusual location for a café, but perfect for a rest after a walk around the sights at the Central Cemetery – featuring treats from the famously delicious Oberlaa patisserie.

Kurkonditorei Oberlaa am Zentralfriedhof

Simmeringer Hauptstraße 232, 1110 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Jän., Feb., Nov. Dez. daily, 08:00 - 16:30
    • März, Okt. daily, 08:00 - 17:30
    • April - Sept. daily, 08:00 - 18:30
    • Mai - Aug. Th, 08:00 - 19:30
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12th district: The suburban café

A classic café with lots of local color and a set lunch menu which the Viennese can’t get enough of. Yes, some typical Viennese coffeehouses serve food, too!

Café Raimann

Schönbrunner Straße 285, 1120 Wien
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13th district: Well-heeled

The thirteenth district is a particularly well-todo, conservative part of town. Visitors love Café Dommayer, an attractive venue with a beautiful Biedermeier interior where everything is just so. Perfect after a trip to Schönbrunn.

Café Dommayer

Dommayergasse 1, 1130 Wien
  • Opening times

    • daily, 07:30 - 20:30
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors )
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Handicapped-accessible restroom (access: 2 steps, waiter will assist, no steps when entering via garden side).

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14th district: Bike café

A hybrid experience in what was once the Gloriette Kino cinema: Velobis is a bike shop and café-bistro all rolled into one. A purist vibe – with bikes on the walls, yet still cozy.

Velobis

Johnstraße 1-3, 1140 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Küche bis 22 Uhr Tu - Fr, 12:00 - 23:00
    • Sa - Su, 10:00 - 16:00
    • geschlossen Mo
    • geschlossen on holidays
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15th district: Brimming with history

A great location with an international feel, set in the old gym of a Jewish school. This building was once at the heart of Jewish life in this part of Vienna.

16th district: A palace for the workers

There are two Café Ritters in Vienna. The one in Ottakring is an opulent gem set in the heart of a down-to-earth working class district. It’s hard to think of a bigger contrast.

Café Ritter

Ottakringer Straße 117, 1160 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Sa, 09:00 - 23:00
    • on holidays - Su, 09:00 - 20:00
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17th district: Green with envy

This utterly charming café in a modern timber cabin occupies an enviable location in the Schwarzenbergpark, on the fringes of the Vienna Woods. It is accessible via the Stadtwanderweg 3 hiking trail.

Manameierei

Exelbergstraße 32, 1170 Wien
  • Opening times

    • We - Su, 09:00 - 20:00
    • on holidays, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Summer break - see website.
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18th district: Paradise for parlor games

This beautiful old Viennese coffeehouse is popular among card players thanks to its special tables for tarock, bridge and the like. Chess, dice poker and billiards are also on the menu.

Café Schopenhauer

Staudgasse 1, 1180 Wien
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19th district: A café with a view

Glazed on all sides, this octagonal café on a hill on the outskirts provides fantastic panoramic views of the city below. The nearby Sisi-Kapelle chapel is also worth a look.

Café Restaurant Oktogon Am Himmel

Himmelstraße/Höhenstraße, 1190 Wien
  • Opening times

    • We - Fr, 12:00 - 22:00
    • Sa - Su, 11:00 - 22:00
    • on holidays, 11:00 - 22:00
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20th district: The café that never was

This is the name given to by the Viennese to the kind of underworld café where you might get caught up in a knife fight (Bauchstich = a stab in the gut). Of course, there is no Café Bauchstich, but for a long time this was the name emblazoned on a vacant building as a joke.

21st district: Pretty in pink

You can always rely on the Aida chain. Even in districts where coffeehouse are in relatively short supply, you are bound to find a branch of this café-patisserie in its distinctive pink retro look.

Aida Schönthalergasse

Schönthalergasse 1, 1210 Wien
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Aida Floridsdorfer Hauptstraße

Floridsdorfer Hauptstraße 42, 1210 Wien
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22nd district: Café with 360° views

The Turmcafé at the Donauturm (constructed 1964) revolves on its own axis 170 meters above ground. The whole city glides past as patrons enjoy their coffees. It’s almost like watching TV!

Danube Tower Vienna Turm Restaurant & Turm Café

Donauturmstraße 4, 1220 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Turmrestaurant daily, 11:30 - 14:00
    • Turmrestaurant daily, 18:00 - 21:00
    • Turmcafé daily, 10:00 - 23:00
    • Observation terrace & lift: 10 a.m.-11.30 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (Double swinging doors )
      • Ramp 100  cm  long ,   118  cm  wide ,  10  cm  high
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 85 cm wide and 120 cm low , Door 85 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Access to the viewing terrace (150 m): no steps, via elevator, (limit of three wheelchairs permitted on the terrace at one time), there are special ramps (width: 99 cm, height: 25 cm) to enable wheelchair users to enjoy the view over Vienna. Due to company operation restrictions (evacuation routes), wheelchairs are only allowed up to the viewing terrace level (150 m).

      Central floor (165 m): 25 steps up to restaurant (170 m), 25 steps down to the café (160 m). Not wheelchair-accessible. Wheelchair users only with companion (1 companion per wheelchair user free of charge). No wheelchair-accessible restroom.

      Seeing-eye dogs (with muzzle and leash) permitted. Strollers must not be transported in the elevators (can be left at the elevator/shop counter).

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23rd district: The wine tavern

For the twenty-third district, we are sending you off for “a coffee” at a Heuriger wine tavern in Mauer. Well... better a glass of Gemischter Satz, which is a Viennese specialty – and the ideal choice in this picturesque winegrowing village.

 

Text: Susanne Kapeller

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