The Kaffeehaus topic

As Vienna dives headlong into avocado skinny lattes and other vile hipster coffee abominations, one topic remains strong in the fight for old skool non-pretentious coffee. Discuss here. Surly service gratefully accepted. Trinkgeld optional.

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The Kaffeehaus topic

Post by curmudgeon » Tue May 15, 2018 9:31 pm

I've been around in Vienna now for over a quarter of a century, and during that time have lost count of the Kaffeehäuser I have graced with my presence. There is life beyond the über-Bobo places that seem to be proliferating and insist on robbing me of nigh on EUR 10 for a coffee and cake. This is the place to discuss and recommend them. And no, that doesn't mean plugging Hawelka for the 100th time, as though it is some cutting edge Kaffeehaus that no-one has heard of. Tips for the outer districts and places worth a detour certainly well received. I'll set the ball rolling...

Café Sperl, 6th district on Gumpendorferstrasse.

I reckon I first came here by mistake in about 1994, when meeting with a friend before heading off to the cinema. I reckon Ionly make it there about once every 2-3 years. Can't quite put my finger on what exactly I like about it.



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Re: The Kaffeehaus topic

Post by morgenhund » Wed May 16, 2018 7:28 pm

Café Wortner

Wiedner Hauptstrasse 55, 1040 Wien

Has changed hands a few times, but never seems to change. Nice outdoor seating (some under cover) in the summer.
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Post by curmudgeon » Mon May 21, 2018 8:55 pm

Café Ritter, 16th District, Ottakringer Straße 117

By the Ottakringer Brauerei - old school charm.

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Post by chasmyth » Sun May 27, 2018 8:58 am

Café Schopenhauer, Staudgasse 1, 1180 Wien

Good traditional one out in my neck of the woods.

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Post by morgenhund » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:01 pm

If you want "nicotine yellow" then maybe give Ingrid on Schwarzspanierstrasse / Garnisongasse a go.
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Re: The Kaffeehaus topic

Post by morgenhund » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:41 pm

Cafe Eiles is another old school Kaffeehaus, located just behind the Rathaus. Their 'English Breakfast' consisting of a pot of tea, marmelade and toast and Speck und Spiegelei might not please the purists, but was a nice treat.
Vienna is like an Ikea sofa - you know you should upgrade, but why bother when it is this comfortable.

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Post by Robert Barratt » Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:12 pm

Café Eiles is my current favourite. I try and pop in at least once a week. So I agree!

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Post by Deleted User 15392 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:08 pm

We visited Café Goldegg for the first time this week and have plans to go again soon. It's gorgeous and the Esterhazyschnitten were HUGE. Ask about the back room if you get a chance, the door is at the back next to the stove...
Argentinierstraße 49, 1040. http://www.cafegoldegg.at

If anyone knows of a nice, affordable café in the 20th or 2nd districts, we'd be most grateful :)

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Re: The Kaffeehaus topic

Post by morgenhund » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:09 pm

sarahstanden wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:08 pm
If anyone knows of a nice, affordable café in the 20th or 2nd districts, we'd be most grateful :)
Have you tried the Cake Tree in the 2nd? Or Cafe Wallenstein in 20th?

The former is Irish owned and good for counteracting any homesickness. Wallenstein was somewhere we discovered when our first was born.

For a cheap and good brunch in 20th, can also recommend Kent (the baby club met there and we went - very reasonably priced Brunch).
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Re: The Kaffeehaus topic

Post by morgenhund » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:10 pm

Not a Kaffeehaus but a good cafe in the 19th, is Zeitgenossin. Incredibly friendly owner - very tasty cream tea, even if with cream but not clotted cream.
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Post by Deleted User 15392 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:51 am

morgenhund wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:09 pm
sarahstanden wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:08 pm
If anyone knows of a nice, affordable café in the 20th or 2nd districts, we'd be most grateful :)
Have you tried the Cake Tree in the 2nd? Or Cafe Wallenstein in 20th?

The former is Irish owned and good for counteracting any homesickness. Wallenstein was somewhere we discovered when our first was born.

For a cheap and good brunch in 20th, can also recommend Kent (the baby club met there and we went - very reasonably priced Brunch).
Thanks for the suggestions, I will try out the two cafés you mentioned! I am especially interested by the first one, seeing as they hold scone workshops...yum :)

We've eaten at Kent in the 20th a couple of times, but I didn't realise that they have a brunch in the mornings too. Is there much there for vegetarians? I assume so.

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Re: The Kaffeehaus topic

Post by morgenhund » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:50 am

The Kent brunch is a Sunday thing and there are certainly vegetarian options.
Vienna is like an Ikea sofa - you know you should upgrade, but why bother when it is this comfortable.

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Post by Deleted User 15392 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:30 pm

morgenhund wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:50 am
The Kent brunch is a Sunday thing and there are certainly vegetarian options.
Ah yes, I misread the menu. Great, thanks :D

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Re: The Kaffeehaus topic

Post by chasmyth » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:00 am

I like Heiner in the 17th close to the Schnellbahn station Hernals and 43 tram. The only problem is that it is not open in the evenings.

Heiner Hernals
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1170 Wien

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Sonn- und Feiertag 9:00 - 18:00

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Re: The Kaffeehaus topic

Post by morgenhund » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:14 pm

I would hesitate to recommend an Aida given that they are a chain, but the one on Wiedner Haupststrasse (tram stop Paulanergasse) is worth a look.
Vienna is like an Ikea sofa - you know you should upgrade, but why bother when it is this comfortable.

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