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Cafe Central

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$$ - $$$
Inner City
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Herrengasse 14, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43 1 5333763
07:30 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
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2 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The "Mohr im Hemd" is an absolute delight!!! Warm chocolate cake with ice cream, delicious! The café is decorated as it was in the early 20th century. A must visit!

Thank Ellen V
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's an establishment worth visiting just to say you have been there and taken a few photo's however don't expect intimate dining or serenity. It's similar to dining in an army mess hall with lots of noise and movement and an expectation to get in and get out as fast as possible. The food and service is good and the... More 

Thank johnstubbs
Norwich , United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Amazing building, food, drink and cakes. Would love to stay all day but got other places to visit. Will definitely be back.

Thank Tim G
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Push surroundings and good service. Be prepared to queue for a short while. Very good service, nice food and good cake! Turkish coffee very strong and try the 'dunkel' (dark) beer. Great experience.

Thank DoonHillRace
Leicester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Oh my word! One of the best coffee places I've ever been! A bit expensive but an experience to have at least once! The pastries, the service and the coffee were great! Plus is not everyday you can enjoy a coffee with someone playing piano on live for you!

Thank DianaRNunes
De Bilt, The Netherlands
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145 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had lunch at café Central, it is a very chique and atmosferic setting, but affordable, only rather turistic

Thank Saskia K
Mercer Island, Washington
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful old building with architecture dating back hundreds of years. Complete array of breakfast, deserts & beverages. Reasonably priced starters could fill for a full breakfast.

Thank 206MarkF831
Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place has the wow factor.it was very busy so the service was a little slow,but we were only having a drink so it wasn't a problem the waiters were rushed off their feet all the time we were there.there was a pianist playing relaxing music which was very nice.the staff were very friendly and looked after us .would like... More 

Thank Sandie M
Pune, India
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93 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Read so much about this place and though we had to wait a good half hour to get a table it was worth it just for its setting and ambience. Sadly,though the food was good, it wasn't excellent. The Scnitzel had less salt and the soup and salad could have been better. The apple strudel also fell short of being... More 

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Vienna, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We saw pictures of the cafe before we ever realized the history of the building, and we decided it was a must-go no matter what. There was a line getting in, but I think we were in line no more than 20 minutes. The inside is as gorgeous as the pictures. We had lunch along with coffee and cakes. The... More 

Thank Vivian L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$21
German, Austrian, Cafe, European, Soups, Central European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
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
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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