Vienna offers many wonderful coffee houses where you can sit for hours long, sipping a delicious Mélange with pastries or cake while reading the newspaper or magazines, to help you survive the low temperatures, the stressful shopping or just to relax a bit.
Luckily there are so many other options of marvellous coffee shops in Vienna so you won’t need to freeze to death out in the cold!
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One of the cutest and cosiest coffeehouses in Vienna and my personal favourite is the tiny Kleines Café.
The bohemian atmosphere of this minuscule place is really good, and so are the snacks and the music but be careful, it I can get very smoky inside.
It was designed by Architect Hermann Czech in the 70’s and is still very popular among artists and students in general and although it is situated in the centre of Vienna, in a cobbled-stone street just behind Saint Stephan’s Cathedral, you won’t find too many tourists there.
This cool coffee house attached to a Vintage Shop is decorated with bric-a-brac mismatched furniture, couches, a street lamp, several pots of plants and two fireplaces, perfect for these winter days. In the back room of Burggasse 24, you have small tables with power points next to them where you can charge your computer or cellphone, so it is the ideal spot if you want to spend a few hours working, studying or reading a good book next to the fireplace while sipping a delicious Mélange or Cappuccino.
Café Phil is a mix of Café, art space and bookstore with second-hand furniture as hip and cool as their clients. Their book and vinyl selection is mega. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon browsing their books and records, having some nice hot coffee.
They also offer a good brunch but It can get a bit too crowded during weekends.
Café Jelinek was opened in 1910 and is a very popular and cosy place, where you can sit on green velvet sofas next to the crackling sound of a wood-oven that warms up the room and invites you to linger for hours, reading or working at the small marble tables or just looking at the pictures of famous people that cover the walls.
Cafe Kafka is a small traditional coffee house opened in 1880 near Mariahilfer Strasse. If you are shopping in the area, that’s a good place to hide from the cold and have a good coffee next to the fire place. If you are hungry and a big meat-eater, that’s not the place for you though, as they serve vegan and vegetarian food. The small tables are usually busy with locals reading or working on their laptops while listening to Blues and Soul music. The atmosphere is bohemian, with black and white photos on the walls.
Hotel Daniel’s cafe, next to the botanical gardens, is a spacious space with big windows from where you can see the hotel’s garden. The décor is very hip and cool, like the hotel, with mismatched furniture, pallet made tables and even a swinging sofa in the best shabby-chic style. Their brunch is delicious and their comfy couches are perfect for a lazy morning or afternoon.