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Café Central

The Café Central, located just a street down from the Michaelerplatz. It was founded in 1867 and ever since it acted as a hotspot for writers and philosophers. Literati like Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Karl Kraus or Stefan Zweig loved to spend their afternoons in the Café.  But the coffee house was also packed with international…

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January 3, 2022

Café Gerstner

What started as a confectioner’s shop, is now one of our most cherished, and traditional coffee houses in Vienna. The Gerstner is located vis-a-vis our beautiful Opera, right in the heart of Vienna’s inner city.  In 1847 the couple Gerstner founded the Gerstner Company and their confectioner’s shop, their cakes and confectionery impressed guests from…

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December 27, 2021

Coffee in Vienna

Vienna is famous for its coffee house culture, a one of a kind tradition that is well known all over the globe. Typical for our coffee houses are marble tabletops, tables filled with newspapers, and a traditional interior design. Coffee houses are spots where “time and space gets consumed, but only the coffee is left…

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December 24, 2021

Café Frauenhuber

The Café Frauenhuber is one of Vienna’s oldest coffee houses, tracing back to the year 1891, the name is still used today.  In 1824 Alois Hänisch founded his first coffee house in Vienna’s first district. Only a few months later the Café moved to another part of the district, attracting guests with the big sign…

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December 22, 2021

The Gloriette

Schönbrunn is always worth a visit, no matter the season. The Gloriette towers over the castle and the garden, a true eyecatcher full of history. As empress Maria Theresia ordered new constructions and renovations of the castle, the Gloriette got built, the garden’s centrepiece. The Gloriette was supposed to be a temple of glory, but…

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December 12, 2021

Cafe Korb

Just like the Café Demel, the Café Korb is one of our traditional coffee houses, located in the first district. The place where the Café Korb is located is full of old history, tracing back to the 15th century. In the 19th century, the coffee house that was built on the site was one of…

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December 8, 2021

Cafe Demel

There’s no doubt that our beautiful city is internationally known for its coffee houses. Today I want to tell you more about the history of the “Demel” one of our oldest and most beautiful locations in the inner city. Ludwig Dehne, a confectioner, opened his confiserie in 1786, it didn’t take long for his business…

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December 5, 2021

Anna Sacher

No matter if you’re from Vienna or if you plan to visit our city, you will stumble upon the name Sacher. This article will tell you more about Anna Sacher, the hotel owner that lived from 1859 till 1930. Anna grew up in Vienna’s 2nd district, in 1880 she married Eduard Sacher. The couple had…

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November 22, 2021

Beans: The coffee that brings you joy with every cup

Meet Beans Most people nowadays cannot imagine beginning their day without a good cup of coffee. It’s just the energy boost we need to start our day right. For that reason, choosing the right coffee is extremely important and not something to take lightly! And that’s exactly why you should know about Beans. Beans offers…

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May 3, 2020

The story of the Habig-Hof

Perhaps some of our readers entered a coffee house one day and they were impressed. Some days ago, we felt that way. But let us start from the beginning. We have told you many stories about k.k. or k. u k. businesses (Imperial and Royal suppliers) and while many of them were located in the…

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September 26, 2019

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