Cafe Central is probably the most famous coffeehouse in Vienna, which is saying a lot in a city known for its coffeehouses. ... More
Cafe Central is probably the most famous coffeehouse in Vienna, which is saying a lot in a city known for its coffeehouses. At the turn of the century, it was a meeting place for intellectuals such as Victor Adler and Otto Bauer, writer Peter Altenberg and even Leon Trotsky. After its heyday, it lost popularity and closed for many years. Reopened in 1986 as the Central, its Gothic vaults and quality coffee once again brought back both locals and visitors to see the most architecturally interesting coffeehouse in Vienna.
No visit to Wien is complete without a visit to Cafe Central near Herrengasse. Though Sperl's may be the oldest coffee shop, Cafe Central has the unparalled atmosphere with its vaulted ceilings, konditeri and polite yet unobtrusive waiters.
I have visited the Central over 50 times and have found the Coffee, food, Cakes and atmosphere excellent. The waiters (der Ober) are attentive and as with most Viennese Cafes, very professional. The prices are a bit more than other Cafes, but in the evening there is live music with the piano, violin and double bass. Due to its reputation, the Central attracts many tourists and therefore does not have the intimate, or totally Viennese feeling. Go to the Frauenhuber Cafe for this. There is a smoke-free area, which is usually full. The interior is beautiful, spacious and with a cup of coffee you can read the papers or check your email via the T-mobile WIFI network (not free). It is worth your while to pay a visit to the Central. The cakes are out of sight and the wonderful Viennese food, with a local beer, hits the spot.
First opened in 1887, the Central soon became the haunt of writers, poets and journalists. There are now even Internet
facilities. A non smoking balcony offers fresh air. The tables are square blocks of marble with rather severe wooden ...
This enormous Viennese style coffeehouse is everything one would expect from such an old fashioned establishment the roomy art nouveau
salon features heavy chandeliers and exotic indoor palms. A shiny black piano is the centerpiece, and offers live entertainment ...
The Landtmann was opened in 1873 as the most elegant cafe in town. Nowadays, it is one of the centers
of social and political life. Local journalists and politicians meet here for press conferences and interviews while actors from ...