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Cafe Hawelka

Dorotheergasse 6, Vienna 1010, Austria (Innere Stadt)
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Ranked #1,024 of 2,769 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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Calgary, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

it seems some books have given this cafe a name, and they are taking advantage of it. The coffee was okay, service was brisk, and curt! The price of two cups of coffee outrageous. I suggest tourists and travellers find somewhere else in the city for coffee, and there are plenty!

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Kent
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Arrived at the Hawelka looking forward to coffee and cake and a pleasant experience. The welcome was offhand to say the least and the waiter could hardly be bothered to serve us at all. We asked for coffee and cake and was told that they only had 3 types of cake on offer. We ordered curd cheese cake which was... More

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DFW
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160 reviews 160 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

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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125 reviews 125 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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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
4 helpful votes 4 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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27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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