Cafe Central

Cafe Central
Phone
+43 (1) 533376424
Website
Cafe Central
Address
Herrengasse 14

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Editor's review

It may be a tourist trap, but it's worth being ensnared by the Central at least once. As it goes, the soaring vault would alone merit a visit, but there's much more to the place besides grand decor. The first-rate cakes and coffee will always be winners, whilst the phantoms of former regulars make for interesting food for thought in themselves. Alfred Polgar remarked that this was 'a place for people who have to kill time in order not to be killed by it.' But were things really that dramatic? A famed Viennese big-wig clearly didn't think so: "Who's going to start a revolution in Russia?" he snorted. "Surely not that Bronstein at the Central!" That Bronstein would soon be known to the world as Leon Trotsky.

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Reviews

Carrie Carey
United Kingdom

Had a lovely time here. Staff were so helpful ensuring we got nice seats & bringing beautiful pastries to our table. Loved it so much we came back next day

Reply Apr 30th, 2017
Zeynep Salih
United States

The coffee was good. Ambience was good Waiter was rude, impatient. Felt belittled by his behavior. Human interaction is so important and they need to improve that. I won't go there again. I can find a good coffee and a nice building anywhere in Vienna

Reply Jun 25th, 2016
Mike
United Kingdom

A marvellous Vienna institution

Reply Aug 20th, 2013
Mary R
United States

The food is good, the pastries delicious, the atmosphere is great and it is in center of old Vienna.

Reply Aug 16th, 2013
Bev Malzard
Australia

Never miss a meal at Cafe Central when I visit Vienna. The schnitzel hanging off the plate and the strudel with vanilla sauce - leaves me almost immobile but what the heck! Schoen!

Reply Mar 12th, 2012
Peter Smith
United Kingdom

Just had a really good meal here (Jan 2012). Pleasant & helpful staff. Great accompaniment on piano.

Reply Jan 29th, 2012
Christine
Australia

Not really, I had a sacher cake there and it was really dry, tasted like a normal chocolate cake which has been left over in the fridge for at least 1 week.

Reply Jan 4th, 2012
Betty
Montenegro

Great coffee, cakes, atmosphere...

Reply Mar 28th, 2011
Jorge Osornio
Mexico

Awesome taste on the coffee in such a history place, a must in Vienna

Reply Jun 2nd, 2010
William
United States

A wonderful late evening was enjoyed with friends over excellent coffee and awesome pastries while basking in the beautiful atmosphere and piano favorites.

Reply Feb 20th, 2010
Peter
United States

A beautiful cafe - so full of character and history. This is what we miss living in the States!

Reply Jan 5th, 2010
Eileen
United States

I go there every Christmas on my annual trip To Vienna. One time I was fortunate enough to be there while a pianist was playing Strauss. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! It is a treat not to be missed on your trip to Wein.

Reply Dec 13th, 2008
fernando ochoa
United States

Walking in I was transported to the end of the 19th century and as I sat and was embraced by the history and atmosphere, I preceded to indulge in the most decadent and delicious coffee and pastries....the people, the music being played by a pianist, the elegant decor....need I say more?

Reply Nov 2nd, 2008
Jesmond Grech
Malta

The difference between living and existence is at least going once to Cafe Central.

Reply May 22nd, 2008
Harry & Emily Buxton
United States

My wife was in heaven here, and she spent a long time deliberating over which coffee and cake to choose. Alas, we don't have such places in England anymore (perhaps we never quite did!). Great to see Cafe Central still going strong after all these years...

Reply Mar 13th, 2008
Tim Eddings
United Kingdom

The most beautiful cafe in Vienna. Unsurprisingly, the service is rather surly, but the cafe is a sight to behold, and the cakes are indeed excellent.

Reply Nov 30th, 2007
D. Holmes
United States

The Cafe Central is just how you imagine a grand Vienna cafe to be. You can breathe the history. Don't miss it!

Reply Oct 2nd, 2007
John B.
United Kingdom

The coffee with apricot schnapps does the job. wunderbar.

Reply Oct 16th, 2006
Bev Malzard
Australia

Never miss a meal at Cafe Central when I visit Vienna. The schnitzel hanging off the plate and the strudel with vanilla sauce - leaves me almost immobile but what the heck! Schoen!

Reply Mar 12th, 2012
Peter Smith
United Kingdom

Just had a really good meal here (Jan 2012). Pleasant & helpful staff. Great accompaniment on piano.

Reply Jan 29th, 2012
Christine
Australia

Not really, I had a sacher cake there and it was really dry, tasted like a normal chocolate cake which has been left over in the fridge for at least 1 week.

Reply Jan 4th, 2012
Betty
Montenegro

Great coffee, cakes, atmosphere...

Reply Mar 28th, 2011
Jorge Osornio
Mexico

Awesome taste on the coffee in such a history place, a must in Vienna

Reply Jun 2nd, 2010
William
United States

A wonderful late evening was enjoyed with friends over excellent coffee and awesome pastries while basking in the beautiful atmosphere and piano favorites.

Reply Feb 20th, 2010
Peter
United States

A beautiful cafe - so full of character and history. This is what we miss living in the States!

Reply Jan 5th, 2010
Eileen
United States

I go there every Christmas on my annual trip To Vienna. One time I was fortunate enough to be there while a pianist was playing Strauss. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! It is a treat not to be missed on your trip to Wein.

Reply Dec 13th, 2008
fernando ochoa
United States

Walking in I was transported to the end of the 19th century and as I sat and was embraced by the history and atmosphere, I preceded to indulge in the most decadent and delicious coffee and pastries....the people, the music being played by a pianist, the elegant decor....need I say more?

Reply Nov 2nd, 2008
Jesmond Grech
Malta

The difference between living and existence is at least going once to Cafe Central.

Reply May 22nd, 2008
Harry & Emily Buxton
United States

My wife was in heaven here, and she spent a long time deliberating over which coffee and cake to choose. Alas, we don't have such places in England anymore (perhaps we never quite did!). Great to see Cafe Central still going strong after all these years...

Reply Mar 13th, 2008
Tim Eddings
United Kingdom

The most beautiful cafe in Vienna. Unsurprisingly, the service is rather surly, but the cafe is a sight to behold, and the cakes are indeed excellent.

Reply Nov 30th, 2007
D. Holmes
United States

The Cafe Central is just how you imagine a grand Vienna cafe to be. You can breathe the history. Don't miss it!

Reply Oct 2nd, 2007
John B.
United Kingdom

The coffee with apricot schnapps does the job. wunderbar.

Reply Oct 16th, 2006
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