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Cafe Central

Herrengasse 14, Vienna A-1010, Austria (Innere Stadt)
+43 1 533376324
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As featured in 3 days in Vienna
Ranked #48 of 2,748 Restaurants in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $25
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Austrian, Bakery, European, Dessert, German, Continental, Café
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Innere Stadt
Description: This famous traditional cafe 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 cafe was a meeting point for all ages. Unique architecture combined with the best coffee specialities, classic Viennese cuisine and finest home-made pastries make every visit a special experience.
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Vienna, Austria
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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We always take visiting guests there for breakfast. Since the refurbishment, the cake display is at the front and what a show! The service has been on and off. On the better side of typical Viennese service though. Great service last Sunday.

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The surroundings are opulent and the cakes are as good as they look. It is overpriced and the staff are pretentious. It’s an iconic venue and you have to try it.

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

After reviews and recommendations we visited this cafe. Its interior is beautiful and the surrounds provide an elegant setting. Unfortunately my experience here was poor. The waiter we had was very rude to both my mother and I. I often keep an open mind about people who's first language is not English as often it can be seen as rude.... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This place is beautiful with lots of old world coffeehouse charm. We stopped in for a light lunch and dessert. The potato soup was delicious. We watched lots of people order the apple strudel and figured we were in Vienna, so we should get the classic. I was kind of underwhelmed. There isn't much to the pastry, it was just... More

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Ganey Tikva Israel
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94 reviews 94 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

A nice place with classic Viennese ambiance, but the food is not equal to its appearance. We had the classic Veal Schnitzel, pumpkin soup, and cheese strudel. It was all good but not the best; we ate better similar dishes at other places not so famous. The prices are a bit on the high side but to eat and listen... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My wife and I had a lovely refuel stop at this famous old establishment during our stay in Vienna. Even as you approach the building the old grandeur of the place is evident. There is a lovely seating area outside, but despite the nice weather we decided to enjoy the ambience of the great vaulted indoors. The interiors of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

If you're like me, a lactose intolerant person frustrated about not being able to try all the goodies Vienna has to offer, look no further. Central Café is the only place I found in Vienna that al least offers non-dairy milk for all the coffee drinks, and if you ask nicely, you might even get a nice waiter that will... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Central Cafe is a Vienna institution. Yes, if one goes to Vienna, you need to try a coffee house and this is one of the best. Old world charm and great coffee and pastries.

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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This is one of the greatest experiences in Vienna. There are many wonderful Cafes in the city, and we visited five or six. But the Cafe Central is the most glamorous and evocative of all of them, like a Cathedral of culture. From the array of amazing cakes and pastries to the sunlight filtering in through the high vaulted windows,... More

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Copey, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I expected not to like Cafe Central much because how could a place with such an historic reputation be other than pricey and tourist-filled. Imagine my surprise when we went in for a late bowl of soup and dessert on our first night and found the place filled but not bustling, the service friendly,the food delivery relatively prompt and the... More

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