The Charm of Vienna’s Most Historical Coffee House

Christa Adams
Writers On The Run
Published in
2 min readDec 7, 2020

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Vienna’s Cafe Central is like a time machine. One step inside transports you a hundred years in the past to a ritzy cafe where the likes of Freud and Trotsky spent their afternoons discussing the world over coffee, cake, and a thick cigar. Nowadays Cafe Central is one of the most famous Viennese coffee houses, with good reason too.

When you walk inside Cafe Central you see sophisticated waiters carrying tray fulls of delicious treats as they sway alongside marble-topped tables. This exquisite room features chic booths situated under nearly a dozen paned glass windows, each with a silky pair of yellow curtains. The middle of the room is home to the bar where fresh cakes, coffee, and tea are served. However, your eyes are quickly led to its cathedral-like ceiling with numerous marbled pillars and rustic chandeliers. In a pleasant surprise, the cafe is not just one collectively large room. It rather ascends into various rooms, all unique yet creating a cohesive yellow-lit and vintage style.

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Though the cafe offers a full menu, it’s the cakes, croissants, and coffee that the guests are truly after. I set my eyes first on one of their breakfast offers, an Italian-style…

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