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Cafe Hawelka, Dorotheergasse 6, 1010 (8 min walk from Opera)
4.0 Yelp, 3.5 TripAdvisor, 3.7 Google, --- Facebook
Founded by Leopald & Josefine Hawelka (legend of coffeehouse culture) in 1939, was center of art scene
Famous for Buchteln, filled sweet rolls
Thousands of reviews, history yes, but very rude staff & no menus apparently a sore point
‘smokey, filthy and always crowded with tourists’ - ‘two kinds of coffee – with or without milk’
Alt Wien Kaffee, Schleifmühlgasse 23, 1040 (9 min walk from Opera)
4.5 Yelp, 4.0 TripAdvisor, 4.5 Google, 4.8 Facebook
Was originally started by the Hawelka’s in 1936. ‘Real deal’ Also ‘scruffy, dark, almost no tourists’
Most reviews praise the coffee, but trash the service (even more if you don’t speak the language)
Café Sacher Wien, Philharmonikerstrasse 4, A-1010 (2 min walk from Opera)
3.5 Yelp, 4.0 TripAdvisor, --- Google, --- Facebook
Famous for Sacher-torte. On some lists, but say expensive & line can be long – some suggest get as carryout & share. (or try Demel’s). ‘Not a must-do, but certainly not a waste. ‘a hotel café after all’
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Café Demel, Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 (9 min walk from Opera)
4.0 Yelp, 4.0 TripAdvisor, 4.1 Google, --- Facebook
Famous for Sacher-torte also – battle went to court between these two cafes. Original pastry shop that evolved into Demel was est in 1700’s. Same complaints about wait and rudeness. ‘exorbitant prices’
A local suggests instead going to Julius Meinl (4.0 Yelp, or Café Landtman.
Julius Meinl, Graben 19, 1010 (10 min walk from Opera)
4.0 Yelp, 4.5 TripAdvisor, 4.4 Google, --- Facebook
Espresso, Turkish or Karlovy Vary method of brewing. Really mixed reviews. Small counter, grocery-store-ish
Café Diglas, Wollzeile 10, 1010 (12 min walk from Opera)
3.5 Yelp, 4.0 TripAdvisor, 4.0 Google, 4.4 Facebook
Since 1875. Cash only, no cards accepted. Another iconic spot, but rude service and expensive (tap water = $2)
Plus has crazy bathroom doors that are clear and become opaque when locked. Scary
Balthazar Coffee Bar, Praterstraße 38, 1020 (28 min walk from PORT)
4.5 Yelp, 5.0 TripAdvisor, 4.8 Google, 4.9 Facebook
Cash only also. Good reviews. Funny responses by owner (Otto?) to some google reviews. Slayer espresso machine.
Some mention trying Coffee Pirates - Hipster spot?
Café Griensteidl, Michaelerplatz 2, 1010
3.5 Yelp, 3.5 TripAdvisor, 3.7 Google, --- Facebook
Artistic heritage. Viennese ambiance, no wait, accepts cards. Behind Hofburg palace, watch horses/carriages, classy
Many point out this isn’t the original Griensteidl, but a recent copy (Café Central across street is where they moved)
Café Sperl, Gumpendorfer Str. 11, 1060 (10 min walk from Opera)
3.5 Yelp, 3.5 TripAdvisor, 3.9 Google, --- Facebook
Opened 1880. Try Sperl-torte. Near Opera House. 34 kinds of coffee? Mixed reviews, bad service.
Frauenhuber, Himmelpfortgasse 6, 1010
3.5 Yelp, 4.0 TripAdvisor, 3.9 Google, --- Facebook
Claims to be oldest coffeehouse, hosting Beethoven & Mozart under former ownership
Another one with rude & overworked server comments, especially to English speakers.
Maybe chose a place with better reviews for coffee or pastries.
Coffee Pirates, Spitalgasse 17, 1090 (32 min walk from Opera)
4.5 Yelp, 4.0 TripAdvisor, 4.6 Google, 4.8 Facebook
A Roaster – review ‘the coffee is really ahead of the game’
Hipster & college coffeehouse feel – good comments re owner