I have been to Cafe Merkur many times over the years and have developed a genuine fondness for the place.. I love it for many reasons, some objective and some totally subjective. It is just a fine place for breakfast, lunch or dinner with many of the special features that make a Viennese cafe a Viennese cafe (splendid coffee, good pastry, newspapers to read, the elegant Austrian sense of time and style), but unlike many it is free from any sense of stuffiness, empty formality, pretense. When I am in Vienna one of my first stops is always to the Merkur for a glass of beer and a casual supper.
It's often full of young people and older folks and families, not a tourist joint at all. Truly affordable and just a great place to be. If you find yourself in Josefstadt wander over to the Merkur. You will enjoy it
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