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“Cafe Central Vienna” 5 of 5 stars
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Cafe Central
Herrengasse 14, Vienna A-1010, Austria (Innere Stadt)
+43 1 533376324
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Ranked #49 of 2,858 Restaurants in Vienna
Price range: $7 - $24
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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“Cafe Central Vienna”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Fabulous ambience and decor. Waiters were very friendly and service impeccable. Prices are reasonable and the cakes scrumptious. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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“Timeless inexpensive elegance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Café Central is a world class coffee house. Having been raised on the plastic, vinyl and steel of Duncan Donuts coffee houses, the experience of entering this cathedral to coffee and leisure breakfast was a near epiphany. The restaurant has stunning arched ceilings, pastries many of the tourists felt must be photographed and service provided as if we were spending $300 per person for dinner. We walked around the downtown to find the café and eventually hopped a quick taxi ride to reach the place. Friends who had lived in Vienna for several years had recommended Café Central as a "must visit". While not sure children would be as taken with the site, well behaved children, or adults for that matter, will appreciate the experience.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“May be the worst cafe in the world ?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Easy to find, close the the entrance of "hofburg " palace this place is always crowded with tourists. But we had there our worst experience in Vienna.... the cakes were not fresh ( far from that ) beverages only common, and above all the service is the worst possible : they make you wait for a very long time ( the waiters have a lot to share together, apparently ); they serve you in the most disgraceful way, look down at you, and want we had to pay ( I guarantee this happened ) our waiter said : " service is not included " . We gave him nothing of course, but my opinion is that in such cases clients should be allowed to pay less than the bill. My personal advice: go to cafe Sucher; the food there is much better, and the service is correct.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Hong Kong, China
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“Must visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

It is one of 10 must visit cafe in the world. Sit there imagine you are going back in time, talking politics or an important deal. The food is good and lots of choice for desert. The coffee (melange) is just amazing. It is best bet coffee I have. The only thing that I would complain s a tourist is that it was too busy with tourist!

Visited August 2013
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“Old style Coffee House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Beautiful inside and apple strudel is lovely, staff very nice. Very busy inside. Ceiling is just amazing

Visited August 2013
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