A guide to Vienna’s best coffee houses

Vienna is a wonderland of grand architecture, fabulous opera, mind-blowing museums and quirky art galleries. But the real buzz of the city comes from its coffee houses – a charming social experience that has shaped the Viennese culture. Keen for a caffeine hit surrounded by old-world charm and cultural heritage? We’ve rounded up the best coffee houses for you to visit in the unique European capital of culture and coffee.

Café Central. Image credit: ©Café Central at Palais Ferstel, Vienna.

Café Central

Café Central is one of Vienna’s grandest coffee houses (and perhaps the most famous). With a palatial interior – think majestic vaulted ceilings, stone columns and beautiful archways – you’ll get to enjoy your fix of caffeine in stunning style. If it’s good enough for Freud…

The exterior of Cafe Prückel, Vienna. Image credit: Imagno/Getty Images via Getty Images

Cafe Prückel

This local favourite is an authentic 1950s time capsule with a hint of Wes Anderson – think a faded pink and white striped ceiling, light olive green chairs and brass fittings. Sip on a speciality Wiener Melange, take your pick of fresh pastries and simply sit back and embrace the creative style.

Cafe Landtmann’s great hall. Image credit: Cafe Landtmann, Vienna.

Cafe Landtmann

This sophisticated coffee house is the epitome of classic Viennese style. While away an afternoon tasting your way through freshly baked cakes and pastries, as well as 20 different specialty coffees, all set against a backdrop of original Thonet chairs and striking inlay walls.

Café Central Wien Apfelstrudel. Image credit: ©Café Central at Palais Ferstel, Vienna.

Café Sperl

A supreme spot in the heart of the city, Café Sperl is bursting with character, from intricate white stucco ceilings to marble tables and polished mirrors – the perfect place to sit back and people watch. An indulgent must-try is a Sperl Torte, which is an almond and chocolate cream delight.

The red velvet booths of Café Museum

Café Museum

Original Thonet chairs, red velvet booths and 1930s Josef Zotti-style globe lighting: this is just a snippet of Café Museum’s stunning space. Add to this the smell of coffee in the air and a vitrine full of fresh pastries and cakes, and you’re all set for an afternoon full of indulgence.

A kaffeetasse at Cafe Landtmann. Image credit: Cafe Landtmann, Vienna.

Café Frauenhuber

This is the oldest coffee house in Vienna, where grandeur and cosiness combine to create a charming ambience. Untouched since the days of its table musicians, Mozart and Beethoven, enjoy an authentic experience as you savour a Viennese apfelstrudel alongside a sip of coffee.