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Restaurants and cafes in Vienna

Read the stories of Vienna’s Restaurants and cafes. Learn about their stories and support them by choosing to eat at smaller, family run restaurants and cafes.

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

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

Drunk Augustin and the plague pit

While strolling through Vienna’s first district you shouldn’t miss out on visiting the Griechenbeisl, a restaurant that can be found in the Griechengasse 9.  A name you will stumble upon in many Viennese sagas is the “lovely Augustin”, a bagpipe player and improviser from the  17th century. Augustin got famous due to falling into a…

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October 9, 2021

Hans Maly Heuriger: A culinary and cultural Viennese experience

Meet Hans Maly Heuriger Did you know that Vienna is the only capital in the world where wine is produced within the city on an industrial scale, and that Grinzing is known to be one of Vienna’s best wine regions? Just like gorgeous architecture, wine is the part of Viennese ancient culture. Visiting the 19th district…

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May 1, 2020

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