Eat & Drink Vienna

The Vienna coffeehouse guide Pt. 2

March 11, 2017
Vienna coffeehouse guide

So while I showed you a few of the big names of the Viennese coffeehouse scene in part 1, I’m continuing with some of my personal favourites hereafter. Again, the coziness factor of these cafés will make you stay longer than planned, so if you’re in a rush, you’re at the wrong place. And if you’re in that unlucky situation right now that you don’t have a Viennese coffeehouse nearby, I’d recommend to grab your favourite bean juice, sit back and let me take you virtually through this little tour 😉

Café Jelinek

An absolute gem near Vienna’s busiest shopping street Mariahilferstrasse is Café Jelinek that luckily feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle. The interior is so vintage and shabby (and it’s real, not that fake shabbiness) that it’s cult: The wallpaper soaked up decades of smoke (when it used to be smoking inside) and god knows what it has seen… and the ancient stove certainly adds up to the coziness – and honestly – it’s so authentic that you just have to fall in love with this place. It’s popular for breakfast and evening drinks alike and I wouldn’t be surprised if this café saved a few people from their winter depressions. –

Vienna coffeehouse guide

Vienna coffeehouse guide

Café Prückel

A little more chic than the previous one but just as charming – Café Prückel on the Ring Road has been the café I visited most frequently during the last years. Just because I love everything about it – starting with the Viennese breakfast (which comes with Kaiser rolls, butter, jam and a soft boiled egg), their main dishes and pastries – I never had a bad meal there. One thing I can’t resist are their seasonal sweet dumplings, which come plain or filled with plums or apricots but always with lots of crumbs and sugar! The waiters and waitresses are always dressed properly and the fifties-style interior is on point! This is usually my first pick café in the city centre, if not of all Vienna…

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Café Diglas

Not far from Prückel you’ll find Café Diglas which interior is a little darker but adorable as well. Actually there are several locations of  “Diglas” in Vienna, but this one at Wollzeile, is the oldest and in my opinion, nicest one. Inside there’s lots of little details to discover, especially keep an eye on their decorated lamps 😉 Moreover they serve gigantic pieces of cake, so there’s nothing wrong with that! The location is very close to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, therefore it makes an ideal stop during a sightseeing walk! –



Btw the Viennese cafés are not only known for pastries and marble tables but their waiters have a reputation of being snobbish and rude. However that might have been the case many years ago, but during all my visits I haven’t experienced any of that. Quite the contrary I thought the service was above average and friendly – so don’t be intimidated by their image 😉

My local's Vienna coffeehouse guide goes into the second round, where I'll introduce 3 more cafés keeping the tradition up!

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  • Reply The Wayfarer March 11, 2017 at 8:46 am

    I love that petticoat lampshade! What a great idea.

    • Reply sileas March 29, 2017 at 11:07 am


  • Reply Christina March 13, 2017 at 12:46 am

    It’s the middle of the night and thanks to your blogpost I want a cup of coffee and a piece of delicious cake right now. Thanks a lot 😛 I just realised that I haven’t been to that many ‘typical’ Viennese coffee houses yet so I need to step up the game! 🙂

    • Reply sileas March 29, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Whoops sorry 😛 I hope you got your cake by now 😉

  • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 March 13, 2017 at 5:23 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous Julia but like you my favourite without having been there is Cafe Prukel. I would love to be there now eating those dumplings and enjoying the ambience.

    • Reply sileas March 29, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Thanks Sue, maybe one day, we can sit there together?! 😀

  • Reply Paleica March 13, 2017 at 8:05 am

    ich bin schon sooo oft am nachhauseweg am jelinek vorbei gegangen und hab es in all meinen jahren im 6. noch nie geschafft, mal reinzugehen. erst letzte woche hab ich mir gedacht, dass das ein echtes versäumnis ist.

    • Reply sileas March 29, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Das solltest du unbedingt bald nachholen! Ich kannte das Jelinek bis vor kurzem gar nicht und frage mich, wie mir das solange entgehen konnte 😛

      • Reply Paleica March 30, 2017 at 8:00 am

        bei der masse an möglichkeiten kann schonmal eins irgendwo durchrutschen 😉

  • Reply Miyang March 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

    From the picture itself it looks very sweet 😍

    • Reply sileas March 29, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Yeah, the cakes, the interior – everything 😉

  • Reply Mitzie Mee March 17, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    So many cafes, so little time. I really need to visit Vienna someday. Couldn’t help notice that the soft-boiled egg at Café Prückel looked really perfect too:)

    • Reply sileas March 29, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Oh I love their perfectly soft boiled eggs! Best Sunday breakfast 🙂

  • Reply Sofia March 17, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I want to eat every single little cake you have photographed here,… thank goodness they are far away hahaha

    • Reply sileas March 29, 2017 at 11:24 am

      You know what, I always think that about your food posts 😛

      • Reply Sofia March 29, 2017 at 11:24 am

        haha! 😀

  • Reply Hanna March 17, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    I just woke up and I think about coffee… with a good cake!
    These places are amazing. Your photos are so good. Do the places know you have written about them?
    Will there be Part III?

    • Reply sileas March 29, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Hanna! I didn’t tell them that I’m going to write about them but probably my camera was a hint 😉 There are so many more cafés that a part 3 is very likely one day 🙂

  • Reply wazwu March 20, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Loving that exterior shot of Cafe Pruckel! Those cakes look amazing too. I don’t drink coffee, but I love visiting cute cafes and hanging out for an afternoon. I really need to visit Vienna someday!

    • Reply sileas March 29, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      I actually don’t drink coffee either, so I mostly come for the cakes! It’s too hard to resist them 😉 Oh you should visit for sure!!

  • Reply Vicky T. March 21, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I love visiting coffee shops and cafes too. These look like great places to visit and all those cakes look delicious!


    • Reply sileas March 29, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      I’m glad we’re on the same page Vicky 🙂

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