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Cafe Hawelka

Dorotheergasse 6, Vienna 1010, Austria (Innere Stadt)
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Ranked #986 of 2,752 Restaurants in Vienna
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: Innere Stadt
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Dessert
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Dessert
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DFW
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160 reviews 160 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

If you want to feel like a student in old Vienna, find this historic café located on a small side street near the palace. The coffee and strudel were marvelous. The service, not so much.

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Somerset
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This was the first cafe I had visited with a friend. We sat outside, looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere. The waiter was very offhand although my friend speaks the language fluently. When it came to my turn to just order a 'verlangator' coffee and cake, he left me mid sentence before I had a chance to ask for... More

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GB
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Isn't it really sad when one individual lets the whole side down. We went to Hawelka on our first day in Vienna after it was recommended by several people. The waiter was obviously not on top form - he rushed off even before my friend had finished ordering, and when I went after him to complete the order, he just... More

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London, United Kingdom
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87 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

On the plus side, the coffee is delicious and the interior is atmospheric, with dark panelling, dark ceilings, velvet, newspapers hanging from wooden poles, etc. On the minus side, there is no menu, so you can order only from the choice the waiter offers. I was offered a choice of three cakes, with no mention of options for lunch. Unless... More

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I visited Café Hawelka at the insistence of a well-travelled friend, and I'm glad I did. With no curb appeal, I wouldn't have given it a second glance. The place oozes with old world charm; I doubt it's aged a day since its opening in 1939. Other reviewers complained about the service, but as the first customer of the day,... More

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Melbourne
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Ok, sure, the waiters can be surly and offhand but I'd rather a little honesty than supercilious pandering. I describe Cafe Hawelka as the place where time has literally stopped - that's because the clock on the wall no longer runs - but the atmosphere of age and intellect permeates the wood, the marble, the velvet and the plants. On... More

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Montpelier, Vermont
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24 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Vienna's cafe culture has gotten more homogenized and less distinctive over time. A visit to a cafe here today has a lot in common with a visit elsewhere, say, to a cafe in Paris or Brussels, which I use as examples because all have truly excellent pastry. But in a lot of Viennese establishments, it's getting to be a "been... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

After seeing the cafe on the recommended list of cafés in Vienna we decided to call in and have a Coffee. The waiters were very abrupt and went out of there way to be unhelpful !! I have never been to a place where the waiters acted so superior. I would avoid this place!!

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I read reviews below and decided to have my own. So, I opened door to that adorable such an European cafe. It was Monday around 9pm and the place was almost empty but looked charming: old tables with chairs and small couches, old posters on the wall. The waiter was bored but came to me, asked what would I like.... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The guide books refer to the waiters of Vienna's cafés as being a bit brusque and normally, when in Rome etc. but I left without ordering from this place because the waiter was just incredibly unhelpful, behaved like answering any questions was a massive inconvenience and was borderline obstructive. And when I finally remonstrated that he was being unhelpful, I... More

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