How to Vienna: 8 Cafes for Parents Who Love Their Kids… and Coffee

There’s a joke Jim Gaffigan tells about why he doesn’t know how to feel about being labeled a “family friendly” comedian. His dilemma is entangled in the thought that once something or someone is referred to as being “family friendly”, adults lose interest. He uses a family friendly restaurant as his example: Either the place is so entertaining for the kids that it’s a meal of mass chaos, or, the atmosphere is so-so for the adults and kids, and the food and drinks are overpriced and yawn-worthy.

I, too, struggle with the family-friendly dilemma. It seems to me that when one becomes a parent, all options for a good cup of coffee are no longer accessible. It’s like, if I want to take my kids to a family/kid-friendly cafe, great for the babe, but sad for me and my under-caffeinated body. However, if I take my kids to a non-baby-friendly cafe, great for me! But sad for everyone else in the coffee shop studying or working because Awesome. Mom brought her loud kiddos into my place of zen.

Vienna is filled with excellently rated baby cafes. I think that’s super. It is also filled with phenomenal cafes and coffee shops that serve up brilliant cups of liquid gold. So, parents. I ask you,

Can we not have both?

The answer is yes. Yes, we can.

The following is a short list of some of my favorite, most trusted cafes for legit coffee, delicious food, and a pro-kid atmosphere:

1. Cafe Little Britain

If you’ve read my blog before or follow me on Instagram, you know I live at this cafe and thus are not surprised by its mention. My kids have grown up in this place. Cafe Little Britain is perfect from its shabby-chic interior to the last crumb of its life-changing blueberry crumble.

It is heaven on earth for the newborn baby to the oldest of grandmas, and I can speak to the newborn baby part because I brought Lucy in when she was just a week old. It’s in this cafe I’ve celebrated my last three birthdays, and my four-year-old declared not too long ago that he, too, wanted like to celebrate his then-upcoming birthday here as well. I mean, we’re obsessed. My kids ask me on a daily basis if we can go to Cafe Little Britain because they know they are massively loved and accepted by wonder women Ada, Nicki, and Kathi. And spoiled. So terribly, adorably spoiled.

Though I’m not using this list to favor any one cafe over another, Little Britain is and will always be my number one pick for an enjoyable coffee (hazelnut latte) and meal (Omelette Sunset + Blueberry Crumble) with kids in tow.

Toys: Yes
High chairs: Yes
Comfy seating (cushions, sofas, pillows): Yes
Babyccinos: Yes
Good coffee and food: YES
Address: Engerthstr. 249-253, 1020 Vienna

2. Aggys

Here’s the super cool thing about Aggys: It’s located in the atrium of the Wien Museum. Moms and dads: Do you know what this means? It means your kids are closed inside a giant room with all the space in the world to move and dance and wiggle away from you and your excellently made V60. The owner, Alex, plays music at a level where you can hear yourself think as well as what your friends are saying and not worry about your kids being too loud for the atmosphere. After your coffee, take your babes over the Karlsplatz playground across the way and – voilà! Best parent ever award until you tell them it’s time to go home.

Toys: The space within the atrium is the toy
High chairs: No
Comfy seating (cushions, sofas, pillows): No
Babyccinos: Yes
Good coffee and food: Yes
Address: Karlsplatz 8, 1040 Vienna

3. Home Cafe

For a touch of Icelandic culture, comfy vintage couches, and alarmingly large rats (are they still there?), head straight to Home Cafe. Home Cafe hit the cafe scene a couple of years ago and made a name for themselves through their excellent cooking and intriguing interior. Its neighbor, Coffee Pirates, supplies them with their coffee beans, so you know the coffee served is coming from a trustworthy, award-winning roaster. Once made, the coffee here can be hit or miss. But I have faith in their development as baristas and really enjoyed the times I was there with my kids. Home Cafe has an entire bookshelf full of toys and books, along with… pet rats. At least that’s what I thought I saw. Now, I am not remotely interested in looking at or being near rats. But you know who is? Small children who think rats are pretty neat. And if a couple of rats will keep my kids busy, fine by me.

Toys: Yes
High chairs: Yes
Comfy seating (cushions, sofas, pillows): Yes
Babyccinos: Yes
Good coffee and food: Yes
Address: Spitalgasse 3, 1090 Vienna

4. Cafe Telegraph

Oh my goodness gracious. The coffee at Telegraph is divine. I think I’ve had two cappuccinos every time I’ve been there because the coffee is too good to stop at one. And also because I might be slightly addicted to caffeine. But we’re not focusing on that right now! Cafe Telegraph is a superb place to show off Vienna to your from out-of-town guests on yet another Fenster Tag. (WHY kindergarten, why?) Located close behind Votivkirche, Cafe Telegraph is a modest sight from the outside, but a beautiful one on the inside. If you’re a fan of tiled flooring and old suitcases, this is your place. And the kids will enjoy it, too, as long as you keep stuffing them full of pancakes.

Toys: No
High chairs: Yes
Comfy seating (cushions, sofas, pillows): Yes
Babyccinos: Ask
Good coffee and food: Yes
Address: Garnisongasse 7, 1090 Vienna

5. The Pelican Coffee Company 

Pelican is one of my new favorite places in the city. It hasn’t been open for too long, but it’s made a huge impact in Vienna’s coffee culture. The guys behind the counter know their stuff, and while being the experts they are, they’re also incredibly friendly, easy-going, and very chill – even when a couple of Kooi kids walk through their door. My kids have joined me at this coffee shop on several occasions now, all times when I had a meeting to attend or a friend to catch up with for an hour or so. The first time I visited, one of the baristas brought my four-year-old his own babyccino which immediately won his little coffee-loving heart. The next time I stopped in, I think Lucy spilled an entire glass of water on the floor. I was super embarrassed, but the guys were so sweet, helped us clean, and told me to not to worry about it. I really love this place; their coffee, that one chocolate cake that’s always on display, and their genuine “We serve tired mommas, too” attitude.

Toys: No
High chairs: Yes
Comfy seating (cushions, sofas, pillows): Yes
Babyccinos: Yes
Good coffee and food: Yes
Address: Pelikangasse 4, 1090 Vienna

6. Coffee Break

This is another jaw-droppingly good coffee shop in the 1090. Gio is the master of baristas, and I am not kidding. Once you sip your coffee, you’ll wonder how you lived this long without coffee this good in your life. You think I’m exaggerating but I promise you I’m not. And if my word isn’t enough, go taste for yourself and come back to me. See? You’re welcome.

Major plus: The food available? By Cafe Little Britain!

You’re double welcome.

Okay, so let’s talk about this space for a second. Realistically, this isn’t the space of all spaces for kids. It’s definitely got more of a study and work vibe going on, which is, of course, perfect and necessary for those of us yearning for quiet time. But I’d be remiss to not mention it at all as it’s a place I’ve taken my kids several times and never once regretted it. Gio, too, is a parent, which means he gets parent life. He knows moms and dads need a good cup of coffee to get them through the rest of their crazy day. Should you choose to stop in with your kids, you will receive nothing less than patience and grace from this gentle soul. And I think because he’s relaxed, you can relax. Coffee Break may not have all the trinkets you want for distracting your little ones, but it has the ability to warm you up and chill you out. Should you be nervous about your kids disrupting the calm of Gio’s shop, go in the morning or take your coffee to go. The canal is just across the street for a lovely, caffeinated stroll.

Toys: No
High chairs: No
Comfy seating (cushions, sofas, pillows): Yes
Babyccinos: Yes
Good coffee and food: Yes
Address: 37, Berggasse, 1090 Vienna

7. The Cake Tree

Big love for The Cake Tree family. Anne is a delightful human being as is Andy, both of whom are so kind to my kids and the furthest thing from angry when scone crumbs cover their beautifully tiled floor. The Cake Tree has an adorable little set-up for kids who want to feel big and eat by themselves but also want to play and enjoy being silly. Few things are more adorable than a two-year-old perched in a large window sill eating eggs and cake and waving to everyone who walks by. They’ve done an incredible job at making their cafe warm and welcoming to the big and the small. And good heavens… Their scones. Yas.

Toys: Yes
High chairs: Yes
Comfy seating (cushions, sofas, pillows): Yes
Babyccinos: Yes
Good coffee and food: Yes
Address: Wolfgang Schmälzl Gasse 14, 1020 Vienna

8. Wiener Rösthaus im Prater

Depending on your situation, Wiener Rösthaus could either be the coffee shop that enhances your walk through the Hauptallee or saves your sanity in the amusement park. I’ve experienced it both ways, and each time, I’ve been abundantly grateful. The inside of it is gorgeous with its hanging plants, eye-catching chandeliers, and abundance of either humorous or beautifully painted and unique coffee cups. Inside seating is limited to two tables and a comfy chair, and as the inside of the Rösthaus is mostly a store filled with breakable items, I wouldn’t recommend that area for you and your kids unless someone is in a stroller. Outside seating, however, is lovely and faces the famous Prater Tower and other attractions.

Toys: No because Prater Park
High chairs: No
Comfy seating (cushions, sofas, pillows): No
Babyccinos: Yes
Good coffee and food: Yes
Address: Strasse des 1.Mai / Parzelle 80/2, 1020 Wien

 

I’m sure I missed some – I’m human after all. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Have something to add?

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