From a very young age I’ve been a coffee drinker (which is probably why I’m so short). I can drink it at any time of the day and as a result I’m always on the lookout for a better way and a great place to enjoy a cup of it (or 5). Luckily I live in Vienna, a city that lives and breathes coffee, making it easy and super fun to discover new places to sit back, relax and slowly sip a cup o’ joe.
If you’re in the city and ready to move past the beautiful yet traditional coffeehouses, here are some modern, chill places to enjoy your coffee:
5. Das Möbel http://dasmoebel.at/cafe/dascafe
Pros: Very modern, popular, well-located and relaxing with excellent service and a kind staff. The food is good as well, and there is plenty of room for you to drink your coffee alone or with a group of friends. This shop is particularly unique in that it sells the sleek, colorful handmade furniture surrounding you, hence the name “Das Möbel” which is German for “the furniture”. I’ve spoken both German and English with the staff there if your German is a little shaky.
Cons: Sometimes the furniture, though very cool, is a bit uncomfortable. And the location of the shop, though excellent (right by MuseumsQuartier), draws the attention of every person who wants to (aggressively) sell you a magazine or newspaper. This is a common problem for coffee shops all over the city, I’ve just noticed it to be particularly common here. However, the staff does their absolute best to escort them out of the shop as soon as they are noticed.
4. Café Liebling https://www.facebook.com/liebling1070
Pros: Adorable and shabby-chic, Café Liebling (“Liebling” is German for “favorite”) is located right off of the ever-popular Mariahilferstrasse. Its staff is very sweet, and the café tends to always have a great playlist running in the background. This cafe is one of the few (that I’ve found) that stays open very late (2am) into the night which is a huge plus in my opinion. They also make tasty food (I recommend their pumpkin soup), and the atmosphere is very cozy making it ideal for those who want to chat with friends or do work on their laptops.
Cons: The café is not very big which sometimes makes it difficult to find a place to sit, especially around lunch time. The size of the cafe may also affect you if you’re not a smoker as there is not a smoke-free zone.
3. Coffee Pirates http://www.kaffeepiraten.at/
Pros: The place that feels like home. This coffee shop is off the beaten path and draws in young locals who aren’t into frequenting cafes in the city but take their coffee seriously. Coffee Pirates sells their own roasts, books and coffee-brewing supplies and is run by a very friendly and coffee-knowledgeable staff who speak both German and English. Their display case of treats always looks amazing and the shop itself just feels very relaxing with superb music constantly playing. They have free WiFi which really calls to those who need to get some work done. They also have really cool bathrooms.
Cons: While we love that it’s outside the city’s hustle and bustle, it isn’t in the most beautiful location. There’s not a whole lot to look at, is what I mean. The shop is also quite small which can make it difficult to find a place to sit, but it tends to free up just when you need it to.
2. jaja’s Low-Carb Bistro http://www.jajas.at
Pros: “Made with love” is what my friend said the first time we tried it out and I couldn’t agree more. This little one-room bistro (which is generally not an issue) is just off Kärtnerstrasse in the heart of the city and is an absolute delight. It is unique in that every food item contains less than 5 grams of carbs which allows you to eat their CUPCAKES or WAFFLES alongside your coffee and other great tasting food guilt-free! The girls who run the place are always smiling and are some of the friendliest staff I’ve ever encountered. It’s obvious they love their cafe and the purpose behind it. The bistro is also very peaceful which allows for easy conversation or some alone time. So it may not be a full-on cafe, but it sure feels like it.
Cons: That I love it too much?
1. Holly’s Favorite Outdoor Cafe (name unknown)
Pros: I don’t know the name of the cafe or really anything about it except that I LOVE it and wish I had the money to spend every afternoon here. This outdoor cafe is smack-dab in the middle of Vienna which I know sounds a little contradictory to everything I’ve written about the other shops and cafes, but I can’t help myself. I’m a people-watcher (in a non-creepy way, I promise) and if you are too, you’ve got to go here. I recommend you sit on the outskirts of the cafe facing the Pestsäule (the Plague monument), order your coffee and enjoy yourself. Read a book, observe the tourists who are talking too loud or stopping traffic because they’re staring at a giant map, listen to the sounds of nearby street musicians. This is an amazing spot to be romanced by the city’s sounds, people and architecture. Order your coffee from the big guy with a mustache who doesn’t stop smiling – he’s my favorite.
Cons: NONE IT’S THE BEST.
Happy coffee drinking!
Linking up with: