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“Historic cafe” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Central

Cafe Central
Ranked #7 of 102 Dessert in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $21
Cuisines: German, Austrian, Cafe, European, Soups, Central European, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Inner City
Description: This famous traditional café 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 café was a meeting point for all ages, regular guests, Viennese locals and visitors. Unique architecture combined with the best coffee specialities, classic Viennese cuisine and finest home-made pastries make every visit a special experience. Daily Live Piano Music from 5pm on! Reservations are strongly recommended to avoid waiting time - upon availability. Many thanks in advance for your understanding!
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“Historic cafe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

A visit at Cafe Central is really a must when one finds themselves in Vienna. You could really feel the history in the atmosphere. Great selection of pastries, what we tried was delicious and the service impecable. Beautiful festive lighting from outside. I have to say that I enjoyed a couple of other cafes in Vienna even more but would definitely recommend it for one visit.

Visited December 2012
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“crowded with tourists”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

I love the place, with it's art nouveau decor, the pastry, the coffee, everything! Bad thing is it's packed with tourists, well how could I complain! I was one of them!

Visited October 2012
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“Cafe central”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

Due to it being on the tourist map it is a wait to get in.
Very lovely Viennese cafe but you are surrounded by tourists and the Americans are so loud which is really off putting.
Shame as otherwise its faultless as a true Viennese cafe with good service and good cafe style food.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Not Just The Strudel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

Most people are there for the fantastic coffees and pastries, but we had lunch there, and it didn't disappoint, with excellent and reasonably priced traditional Austrian dishes - my Tafelspitz was superb. And apart from peoples' dress, when you look around this extraordinary arched building, you could have slipped back a century in time.

Visited December 2012
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“Authentic old world cafe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

We went knowing we would have to wait and prepared for slightly lacking service. Very pleasantly surprised. We were greeted with smiles, served quickly and very friendly. Yes, it is not cheap but what does one expect wjen in a cultural city? Cheaper than a hot chocolate at angelinas in Paris for sure! We are a family with 3 daughters and ate dinner with desserts for under 85 euros(tip too). Highly recommend it if you are looking for a true Austrian cafe!

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