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Cafe Central

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Herrengasse 14, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43 1 5333763
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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

When visiting Vienna... you HAVE to come here. Beautiful relaxing cafe in the centre of the city. The cakes all looked lovely but we went for traditional strudel. Cost slightly more than other cafes in Vienna - but worth it given the venue. You may have to queue for a seat... but if you time it right, it won't be... More 

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Thank Helen T
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The atmosphere was a bit disappointing. Didn't hold up to the high expectation. The servers were pretty slow. The cake and desserts were great, but the hot chocolate didn't taste anything like European hot chocolate. A bit watered down.

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Thank Jee Hyun W
London, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Oh my lord I can see why this got over 3000 excellent reviews on ta. The place is exquisite the staff and fabulous. The food is fantastic. We had breakfast . Just loved people watching and watching the world go by . A definite must .

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Thank Maree M
Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It seems to be a Viennese icon and rightly so - the food is amazing and the atmosphere is lovely like you've been thrown into the past. My group went here quite by accident but seeing the crowd forming outside we knew we were onto something good. We did worry though that the prices would be exorbitant but they are... More 

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Camberwell, Australia
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292 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The history and fame behind this establishment are of considerable appeal, but the food and drink itself was of a lesser calibre. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't anything worth writing home about. Pleasant service, mid to high price range. The atmosphere and building itself is all part of the historical appeal.

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Guelph, Canada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This coffee house is one of the best in vienna. The inside architecture is beautiful and it is nicely decorated. The cafe is busy but the staff did a fantastic job seating my gf and I very quiclkly. The schnitzel is delicious and the pastries and coffee is exceptional. Enrico, our server, was fantastic and my gf and I enjoyed... More 

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Thank Adam T
CafeCentralVienna, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Cafe Central, responded to this review

Many thanks for sharing your opinion on Tripadvisor! We really appreciate your kind words, thank you very much for your recommendation! We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and our viennese kitchen & homemade sweets from our Patisserie! Thank you for the great feedback for our waiter Enrico. We will inform him about your kind words. We... More 

Salsibury
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Super experience here with a lovely atmosphere, historic surroundings and beautiful piano music in the evenings. We had had a large lunch and weren't very hungry so we just had a dessert and a glass of wine. The great thing about the Vienna cafes is that you can have anything from a coffee to a full meal. The torn pancakes... More 

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Thank Judy C
Stirlingshire
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Often there's a queue at this café but it's worth waiting as the queue clears quickly. Great surroundings with wonderful cakes and coffees. We had lunch, the two course special and it was very tasty and great value.

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Thank falkirkglayva
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic service, lovely pastries and a cozy ambient. Had breakfast on a Sunday, bacon and eggs were perfect, fresh fruit salad and orange juice. A must if in Vienna

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Thank Mattis W
CafeCentralVienna, Leiter Gästebetreuung at Cafe Central, responded to this review

Many thanks for sharing your opinion on Tripadvisor! Thank you for making the visit in our coffeehouse to a part of your stay in Vienna! We really appreciate your kind words, your recommendation means allot to us! We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed our Breakfast in the morning hours which are not so crowded.... More 

Farnborough, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely Cafe polite staff lovely atmosphere.The Coffee and cakes are amazing.Certain times Of the day you have to queue though gets very busy .Lovely old building. Worth a visit.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 20
Cuisine
German, Austrian, Cafe, European, Soups, Central European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
07:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 22:00
Thursday
07:30 - 22:00
Friday
07:30 - 22:00
Saturday
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Herrengasse 14, Vienna 1010, Austria
  • Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Inner City
  • Neighbourhood: Inner City
  • Phone Number: +43 1 5333763
Description
This famous traditional café with its 130 year history was first opened in 1876 and at the turn of the 20th century it was a popular meeting point for leading lights in the world of art, literature, politics and science such as Arthur Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud, Peter Altenberg and Leo Trotzki. Then, like today, the legendary literature café was a meeting point for all ages, regular guests, Viennese locals and visitors. Unique architecture combined with the best coffee specialities, classic Viennese cuisine and finest home-made pastries make every visit a special experience. Daily Live Piano Music from 5pm on! Reservations are strongly recommended to avoid waiting time - upon availability. Many thanks in advance for your understanding!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Inner City

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Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
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