If you love coffee, what better place to enjoy a cup than in Vienna, Austria, which is the “Coffee Capital of the World”. The city has some of the most beautiful cafes in the world and it’s full of coffee culture. Coffee is so significant in Vienna that UNESCO recognized “coffee house culture” as a key part of the city’s culture. With about 1,000 coffee shops to choose from, finding the best one is quite the challenge. Here are three you shouldn’t miss.
This cafe in Vienna’s prestigious first district is so popular that it’s been featured in documentaries and songs. Cafe Hawelka opened in 1939 and it was a favorite among Austrian poets, musicians, and politicians in the ’60s and ’70s.
This cafe dates back to 1873 and it’s one of the oldest in the city. Housed in a historical building, Cafe Landtmann is traditionally Viennese with its wood-paneled walls, dark-wood furniture, and white tablecloths. Part of its popularity has to do with its location—it’s surrounded by city hall, the Burgtheater, the Imperial Palace, and the University of Vienna.
Opposite the Museum of Applied Arts, Cafe Prückel, which opened in 1903, is one of the most traditional coffee houses in Vienna. The cafe doesn’t look that old as it underwent an extensive refurbishment in the ’50s with olive-green armchairs, bamboo desks, and a large chandelier. It hasn’t changed much since then, which adds to its charm.