The café to visit if you like to play billiards or cards. You can also drop in after a shopping trip on the Mariahilferstrasse and relax over a drink, a snack and some of the home-made cakes and pastries. There is a lovely garden to enjoy in the summer and the Café itself is so beautiful, it was placed under a protection order in 1980. Closed Sundays in July and August.
In addition to the traditional features of a Viennese coffee house, Café Schwarzenberg offers a wide range of teas; holds exhibitions, concerts and readings; and has a room for non-smokers, the "Damensalon" (ladies' salon). You can order standard coffee house pastries, but they also serve breakfasts and typical Viennese meals.
Opened in 1873, Café Imperial was Sigmund Freud's favored coffee house. Today, you can read one of the many international newspapers and relax with a cup of coffee and a slice of the famous Imperial Torte.
Take a stroll in the Stadtpark and then enjoy breakfast in this 100-year-old coffeehouse on the Ringstrasse. The café was refurbished in the 1950s and is now famous for its period design. It hosts regular literary readings and there is live piano music on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. Coffee lovers should try the house specialty: the "Prueckel Crème," a strong black coffee topped with lashings of whipped cream.
This "literary" Kaffeehaus is one of Vienna's oldest and features the best selection of international newspapers in the city. Well-known musicians and artists frequented here in past times. Enjoy one of their mouthwatering pastries with a cup of coffee generously topped with Schlagober (whipped cream). A piano, cello and violin trio play weekend afternoons.
Situated in the Kunsthistorischen Museum, the perfect place to feed body and mind. On Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 10pm you can wander between a buffet and the art gallery under the motto "Kunst und Genuss" (Art and Pleasure); and there is a "Kunstbrunch" (Art Brunch) on Sundays from 11am to 3pm during which the whole family can view the art and enjoy a 3-course buffet.
Many of the great names of the Golden Age of the coffee house wits frequented Café Central: Hugo von Hofmannstal, Anton Kuh, Egon Friedell, Peter Altenberg. It was also a gathering place for the city's chess players – including Leo Trotsky – and the group of philosophers called the "Vienna Circle." The Central was closed after WWII and only re-opened in 1975, but it retains the traditions and much of the atmosphere of its heyday.
One of the few coffee houses to make its name after WWII, Hawelka became the meeting place for the post-war literati, many of whom were returning from exile. Through the '60s and '70s it also became popular with artists, actors and musicians, including Hunderdwasser, Helmut Qualtinger, Oskar Werner and André Heller. Much of its popularity is attributable to its owners, Leopold and Josefine Hawelka. Hr Hawelka still greets his guests, and, although Fr Hawelka died in 2005 aged 91, her legendary "Buchteln" – Bohemian pastries – are still made to her secret recipe by Josefine's son, and served late in the evening.
Situated next to the Burg Theatre and opposite Town Hall, Landtmann is frequented by many actors and politicians. Press conferences are regularly held here, and there is a small theatre in the cellar. There are tables on the forecourt, from which you can watch the activities in Town Hall Park. Choose from a great range of breakfasts in the mornings and listen to live piano music on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Whether you are looking for a small cup of tea or an authentic Viennese meal, Café Griensteidl is the perfect little spot in the center of town indulge. The café's history dates way back, all the way to 1847, when some of Vienna's most famous literary and musical figures would gather here to spend their leisure time. Breakfast can be as simple as a croissant or as hearty as a full meal complete with eggs and several fine cut meats, all under 6. If you've a bit of a sweet tooth, try the fresh homemade pastries.