Viennese coffeehouse - where is this?

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Café Frauenhuber at Himmelpfortgasse 6 in Vienna
Cozy: Café Frauenhuber in Himmelpfortgasse 6 in Vienna

A typical Viennese coffee house - where can you find them?

With these Vienna travel tips you are guaranteed to find one. We take a day to look for the original Viennese coffee house and get tips from our friends in Austria and during our coffee house tour through Vienna Facebook on. If we all took it to heart, we would have to be in Vienna for weeks, so we limit ourselves to a few. It is an exciting tour of Vienna that we have undertaken there. Apparently there are currently around 1.100 coffee houses here. Already during our evening stroll from our Hotel Johann Strauss in the 4th district in the direction of Karlsplatz, we always see small coffee houses, some with an attached restaurant such as the Café Leanback, where Italian cuisine is served next door - or also in the café. A few steps further in the direction of Karlsplatz there is again a sign "Café" above a restaurant, from which it smells suspiciously of Greek cuisine. Neither of them are very typical.


Viennese coffee house (in Café Frauenhuber)
That's how I imagine an original Viennese coffee house (in Café Frauenhuber)

That's how it goes in a Viennese coffee house

But as we do not want to drive to the city center this evening, we stop at the Café Leanback and get our first impression of what's going on in a Viennese café: three elegantly dressed ladies sit nicely styled together at the table, sipping theirs Coffee and talk about God and the world. In between, a gray-haired gentleman joins them, with his white, well-groomed ponytail reminds a little too briefly advised Karl Lagerfeld and greets the ladies galant with a perfect hand kiss. He is obviously Italian, as we can hear from his charming welcome. Bulging shopping bags show us what the women's trio did during the day - shopping in the city center. At the table next to them, a friendly lady settles down shortly after us, orders a tea - so you do not just drink coffee in the coffee house - and seems to be waiting for someone. And in fact a little later, a man comes to the café and takes a seat at their table. With its elegant scarf and a slightly crumpled tweed jacket, it reminds me of an artist. Both bring Italian food from next door and have a lively conversation. We make ourselves comfortable in our comfortable armchairs and study the people who come and go in this café.


Viennese coffee house - Probably the original Viennese coffee house
Probably the original Viennese coffee house


A real Viennese coffee house - Café Frauenhuber

The next morning we take the subway to the city center on Stephansplatz, where we first visit the Café Frauenhuber, which was recommended to us as a real Viennese coffee house. We go out of town through Kärntner Straße until we see Vienna's oldest coffee house in Himmelpfortgasse. A large sign points out that the Café Frauenhuber has been around since 1824. The house can boast that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven entertained the guests with table music. Today, with its red, somewhat worn plush seating areas, the coffee house tables and the black and white-clad waiter, who still speaks to his guests with "gracious woman" or "gracious gentleman", it looks just like you would imagine in a Viennese coffee house . And the coffee menu reads the way I expected it to: in addition to a large and small brown, a Viennese melange and a cappuccino, there are also typical Viennese coffee creations such as a Franciscan (a Viennese melange with a lot of milk and whipped cream), a Einspänner (Mocha with whipped cream), a Mozart coffee (large mocha with Mozart liqueur and whipped cream), a Maria Theresa (large mocha in a glass with apricot liqueur and whipped cream) or a Fiaker (large mocha with rum and whipped cream).


Café Central at Herrengasse 14
Café Central in Herrengasse 14 looks almost like a church


It's touristy in Café Central

In Café Central in Herrengasse 14, with its wonderful vaulted ceiling, we almost feel like we are in a cathedral of coffee. Arthur Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud, Leon Trotsky or Peter Altenberg have already felt comfortable here. The latter even had his table reserved for him, and today his statue at the coffee entrance watches over what's going on in his regular café. Unlike the Café Frauenhuber, we have to wait for a table to be assigned to us. The rush of international tourists is great here. Even if it takes a while, we are glad that we have a cozy corner for us and can follow the events in the Café Central in peace and quiet. Particularly inviting is the patisserie counter in the middle of the café, where not only Sachertorte, plum cake or apricot cake lure. Imaginative cream slices with fruit, poppy seeds or pots tempt us as well. We order a Viennese melange and a Franciscan and observe the constantly streaming in guests from all over the world. Unlike the Café Frauenhuber, the audience here is more international, and the café is filled to the last seat. Real coffee house atmosphere does not want to arise here despite the impressive architecture.


A saloon Einspänner in the Café Central
A saloon Einspänner in the Café Central


Our favorite: the Café Landtmann

Even if we are already quite stimulated after two strong coffees, we look at a third and renowned café: the Landtmann Café at the university ring 4 near the Burgtheater. Journalists like to meet here, and the public seems different again to us than in the two coffee houses that have been visited so far. Suit with tie is the most popular item of clothing. Whether their owners are actually journalists, we can not verify, but it is striking that business-dressed visitors are clearly in the majority. We sit down in the glass-clad porch and look at the facade of the Burgtheater in front of us. As in the other two coffee houses, there are also in-house specialties. This time I do not order coffee, but a tempting Mozart chocolate: homemade, creamy-stirred drinking chocolate with chocolate and pistachio sauce and - how can it be otherwise - a Mozartkugel. Fantastic! Petar tastes the wonderfully scented apple strudel with his cup of Darjeeling tea. The fact that tea and chocolate are served in the Viennese coffeehouses goes back to the extension of the coffee-harvesting concession by Empress Maria Theresia in the year 1752.


Apple strudel in Café Landtmann in Vienna
Fragrant apple strudel in Café Landtmann in Vienna


One thing has shown us our tour through three Viennese coffee houses: they are very different and it is fun to try the various specialties of the coffee houses. We can hardly believe it, but at first the Viennese should not have been so enthusiastic about the intense and bitter taste of the coffee bean. Only when they refined the broth with milk, they began to mouth, and from the Viennese melange a whole series of delicious coffee blends developed, which were further developed with fantasy to ever new coffee creations.




Travel Arrangements:

Arrival by plane, train and bus

Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss fly to Vienna. Possible is the journey by train to Vienna. In addition, long-distance buses go to Vienna.



Source: own research on site

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika and Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Viennese coffeehouse - where is this?

2 thoughts too "Viennese coffeehouse - where is this?"

    1. My other coffee house tips make me curious. I have read mixed reactions about Café Hawelka so far. Now we have to take a look at it.

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