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Cafe Jelinek

#273 of 3,049 Places to Eat in Vienna
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Coffee Shop
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Otto Bauer Gasse 5, Vienna A-1060, Austria
(0) 1 597 41 13
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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Small local cafe with good food

I had breakfast a couple of times here. The prices are standard for Vienna (~5€ for scrambled eggs) and the food was good. They do have an english menu and the staff are friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2014
San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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55 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Paris, France
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A great place to have a breakfast/lunch full of... everything ! Eggs, bread, ham, smocked ham, cheese, coffee. And the vintage atmosphere of that old and authentic coffee makes you want to stay for the whole day.

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Rolle, Switzerland
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I agree with all the wonderful comments except that I found the welcome pretty cold and distant, both times we went there. Also, asking for a forgotten jacket, nobody really cared...

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

Stepping through the door at Cafe Jelinek leads you to vintage lovers paradise. Curling smoke covered wallpaper & ancient paintwork provide the setting for fabulous vintage seating & an amazing wood fired stove providing warmth from the cold January weather . But the best is still to come - a fabulous breakfast for two - croissant , ham , cheese... More 

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United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Once you step inside, the atmosphere will transport you. It has a old, worn feeling to it. I loved it, but you might not like it if you prefer your cafes "clean cut". I prefer cafes that have personality. The coffee was nice and the cake was delicious. There was only one staff, but she was very accommodating and patient... More 

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Vienna, Austria
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If you want to get the spirit of Viennese "Kaffeehaus"-Culture, you have to spend an afternoon at the Jelinek. I spent all in all probabbly weeks of my life in this wonderful shabby place. It's an experience, you'll never forget. As a student, I wrote entire papers there, just having enogh money for one small coffee. When the coffee was... More 

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San Francisco, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I had breakfast a couple of times here. The prices are standard for Vienna (~5€ for scrambled eggs) and the food was good. They do have an english menu and the staff are friendly.

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

We ducked into this cafe to avoid a sudden downpour. The interior was very cozy and comfortable and we stayed for some coffee and snacks. The coffee was better than many places in Vienna but the most memorable thing was the Gulash. I had never had Gulash like this before and found it to be the best that I had... More 

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Tallahassee, FL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Jelinek is a great local-type place. Since it is off the beaten path of Mariahilferstraße, it has a lower number of tourists visit. Being able to at least order your meal 'auf Deutsch' will go a long way towards endearing the server to you, if you are not a native Deutsch speaker. I love to go here to study, have... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

When I read the reviews of this place I thought it would be nice to go there for a fast bit. You should expect that on a regular Saturday night they would just help their customers, but that wasn't the waitress' intention. She was rude, barely spoke English and told us that they only served cold drinks (while we just... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Awesome food. Perfect way to start our trip in Vienna! The goulash is very good. And the sausage. And the bread. And the bacon bread.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Otto Bauer Gasse 5, Vienna A-1060, Austria
  • Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Mariahilf
  • Neighborhood: Mariahilf
  • Phone Number: (0) 1 597 41 13

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 15
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Staying in Mariahilf

Neighborhood Profile
Vienna’s sixth district hosts high street shopping heaven and pedestrian area Mariahilfer Strasse. The weirdest local building is probably the city aquarium Haus des Meeres, housed in one of Vienna’s six remaining World War II defense towers, and topped with a rooftop bar that offers stunning views over Vienna and the center. One of the most historic sites in the area is the passageway of 18th century Raimundhof with its small shops and cafés. It leads from Mariahilfer Strasse to Windmühlgasse. For a glimpse into the world of early 19th century theater, visit Semperdepot, the former depository for theater decoration, which now hosts art exhibitions and fairs.