Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with a unique culture all its own. The city attracts plenty of opera lovers, philosophers and tourists, along with the thousands of people who relocate to Austria’s capital each year for school or work.
It can be daunting to move to a new city — especially if you don’t speak the language — but renting a furnished apartment in Vienna ahead of your arrival paves the way for a smooth transition. Our turnkey apartments in Vienna come standard with high-end furniture and appliances, along with fully stocked kitchens.
Once you’ve settled into your new apartment, the fun truly begins. Vienna’s coffee culture is distinguished by its hosptiality: coffee houses are gathering places. It’s not uncommon to see patrons playing cards together or lingering over a game of billiards, and most cafés have complimentary newspapers for their guests.Trying out different cafes throughout the city is a great way to feel at home. We’ve put together this list of coffee houses that offer not only great brews, but a sense of culture and history as well. Wherever you choose to get your morning coffee, be sure to brush up on traditional Viennese coffee drinks.
Set in Stephansdom near Vienna’s city hall (Rathaus), Café Central is an elegant introduction to the city’s café culture. This historic coffee house dates back to 1876, and the atmosphere certainly recalls a simpler time. Sip your coffee while you enjoy live piano music. If you’re looking for more than a caffeine fix, Café Central is also a great place to sample delicious Viennese pastries as well as dishes like Wiener schnitzel.
This lovely little café is set just off Mariahilfer Strasse in Neubau, near the border of Wieden. Café Jelinek is known for its wrought-iron wood-burning stove and excellent coffee. If you’re not in a rush, be sure to try the homemade Guglhupf, an Austrian cake that’s studded with raisins and flavored with orange peel.
This historic gem near St Stephen’s Cathedral opened in 1904. Café Korb is not only more than a hundred years old, but also hosted royalty like Emperor Franz Joseph I at its debut. As the café endured through the decades, both Sigmund Freud and Andy Warhol were known to be regulars. The café has a 60s vibe, and the walls are lined with pictures that celebrate its history.
This elegant café near Vienna’s Rathaus has hosted more than its share of famous people throughout its history. Gustav Mahler was a patron, and Café Landtmann was one of Sigmund Freud’s favorite cafés. The café has also welcomed its share of modern celebrities, including Hillary Clinton, Marlene Dietrich, and Paul McCartney. Since both the coffee and the views are excellent, it’s no wonder that Café Landtmann is perennially popular.
One of the best places to experience the city’s unique culture is at Café Schwarzenberg, the oldest café on Vienna’s Ringstraße. Set within the Innere Stadt district, the vibe is elegant and upscale. Try the espresso-based mélange –and a pastry or two — while you gaze out the picture windows at the cars and throngs of pedestrians passing by.
An easy walk from Vienna’s famous Naschmarkt, Café Sperl is an exceptionally traditional coffee house. The establishment dates back to the 1880s, and the furniture and decorations are straight out of a history book. Settle in with a brimming cup of coffee and a newspaper to soak up the atmosphere. We recommend the Sperl torte, crafted from an intricate batter of milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and almonds.
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