Wiener Kaffeehauskultur Kaffee in Wien — Informationen

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  • “Where time and space are consumed, but only coffee is found on the bill”

        No one can visit Vienna without experience a Viennese coffee house, a typical institution that has shaped Viennese culture. In fact, as of 2011, the coffee house culture of Vienna has been listed as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ by UNESCO.

    Your typical coffee house in Vienna will offer a large selection of coffees, international newspapers and delicious pastries or desserts. In some, there will even be live music in the evening, and various social events such as literary readings. In the summer, many of the cafes spill out onto the streets into a Schanigarten.

    In Vienna, it is completely normal for someone to sit alone for many hours in a coffee shop, whether they are working, reading newspapers or simply people-watching.

    Some famous coffee houses in Vienna include:

    • Café Central  - Herrengasse 14

    • Café Demel  - Kohlmarkt 14

    • Café Sacher - Philharmonikerstraβe 4 (part of the Hotel Sacher)

    • Aida - a chain, with multiple locations all over the city

  • Ordering coffee in Austria

    Never in Vienna can you simply ask for a “coffee”. You’d probably be met with looks of confusion or disgust. Make sure you know your varieties! Here are the most common ones to get you started: