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Cafe Hawelka

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Coffee Shop
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Dorotheergasse 6, Vienna 1010, Austria
Today
8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Drinks, Lunch, Dessert, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic Vienna experience

We had a great experience here. Sitting outside watching the world go by, we enjoyed excellent coffees as well as a Sacher Cake (chocolate) and Apple Strudel. All of this was most enjoyable and well presented, and I love the tradition of serving a small glass of water with the coffee to clear the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
MattE217
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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We had a great experience here. Sitting outside watching the world go by, we enjoyed excellent coffees as well as a Sacher Cake (chocolate) and Apple Strudel. All of this was most enjoyable and well presented, and I love the tradition of serving a small glass of water with the coffee to clear the palate. Service was prompt. Price was... More 

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Salzburg, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

if you are going to complain about the mediocre service, the ok coffee that really is overpriced (same thing can be said about the beer) then you dont get coffee houses and just dont go there. that being said, it is as viennese as it gets, even though it lost some of its authenticty in recent years due to the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Very disappointing after reading a newspaper recommendation. The service was shoddy and the coffees poor and the cakes were nothing to right home about. Grossly overpriced as well. It was a holiday and very busy, so the staff were pushed hard.

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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Cafe that relies on its past fame. At busy times waiters can't cope and don't try. Generally rude and disinterested. Asked to a coffee, a Tea and two cakes. Sometime later got 2 coffees and one cake! Sent one coffee back and never got a tea or another cake. Tried to charge for two coffees and two cakes!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Since one must visit a coffeehouse when in Vienna, we chose one of the classics. Cafe Hawelka radiates an historic charm, even though it's frankly crowded, and somewhat tenebrous (i.e., dark). We took the remaining single table in the corner, which afforded a nice panorama of this bustling old establishment and its guests. Enjoyed a cappuccino-like beverage (whose German name... More 

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Salzburg, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I love the way this establishment maintains the traditional elements of a Viennese coffee house. Sitting around one of those tables, you feel as if time stood still some decades ago.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Was expecting a classic great quality Viennese cafe. But the cake was dry and the service was rude (the waiter pushed us for a tip at the end). It was very crowded (not their fault) as it seems to be a bit of a fixture on the tourist trail.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Service is very bad. There is no interesting thing for tasting.You can go to different places, do not waste your time

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Went for breakfast and paid an exorbitant amount for a (poorly-done) soft-boiled egg and bread. Coffee was alright, hot chocolate was less than. Altogether rather disappointing.

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Coffeehouses are a Viennese speciality . But the Hawelka is the most famous . Looking a littlt derelict but with a very dense athmosphere it was and still is a meeting point of artists and interesting people. Do try the famous" Buchteln "(not bevore 20 h)

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Dorotheergasse 6, Vienna 1010, Austria
  • Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Inner City
  • Neighborhood: Inner City

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Inner City

Neighborhood Profile
Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.