One cannot travel to Vienna without embracing the Viennese coffee house culture and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to share with you my experiences at Café Mozart and Café Landtmann. However, it is now time for me to reveal another Viennese coffee house and one that offers possibly the best service that I have encountered in the city and that is at Café Museum. Café Museum is located at Operngasse 7, 1010 Vienna and I have to recommend that it be on your must-visit list! This famous coffee house is near enough to the main shopping streets and attractions but still preserves the sense of being a local café, which you will certainly note when you see the amount of Austrians sitting back, reading a newspaper and enjoying a drink and a meal. In fact, it is expected that when visiting Café Museum, you will be staying for quite some time to enjoy the atmosphere, food and free high speed Wi-Fi.
A modern masterpiece for all your senses
When you want to really connect with Austrian culture, then there can be no other place that serves it up in an unpretentious yet Old World charm type of manner. Café Museum was opened in 1899 and was visited by local artists who became internationally successful such as Gustav Klimt. It is a modern masterpiece for all your senses. Your eyes will adore the aesthetic Art Nouveau style with the arches, ornamentation and seating arrangements. The decor is very pleasing and suitable for the situation and the age of the building.
Your skin will enjoy the comfort of the plush red booths and the warmth of the entire establishment. Your ears will only hear from waiters that want to please you whilst a pianist plays in the background (albeit during certain times of the day) and your mouth, well, let’s just say your taste buds will know from the first mouthful that you made the best decision to visit this café. Whilst there is a somewhat grand look to this establishment, as is the case with many Viennese coffee houses, the price for a dining experience is more reasonable than one would expect.
The service at Café Museum is exceptional with professional waiters that possess etiquette from a past era and quite clearly enjoy doing their job and making their guests feel instantly at ease. In their tuxedos, the waiters create an experience where you can enjoy the flair and splendour of the old days of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. The waiters are multilingual so fear not if your German is not up to scratch.
You can easily spend a few hours here
I had initially visited to only have a hot drink, use the Wi-Fi and relax for about two hours and ended up spending about four hours and enjoying far more than one hot drink! I am sharing this with you so that you can see that there is definitely a very relaxing, inviting ambiance to the place and well, a menu that is irresistible. Let’s start with the drinks on offer. Café Museum serves up more than 20 coffee specialities (and clearly staying true to its coffee house name). Every coffee also includes a traditional glass of water.
Café Museum is known for its wiener melange, which is a half espresso and half hot frothy milk (for 5.20 EUR/6.10 USD). If you want to indulge, then opt for the Franziskaner, which is a light coffee topped with whipped cream (for 5.50 EUR/6.10 USD). If you have a sweeter tooth, you will be pleased to hear that there is a double cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream that is waiting for you (for 6.50 EUR/7.60 USD). For whatever reason you are travelling, treat yourself to whichever drink excites your mood (irrespective of the calorie-intake, which can be burned off later on!).
After enjoying the double cup of hot chocolate and spending some time with my MacBook Air, my eyes glanced over the menu and found that I had to order the spinach-sheep’s milk cheese strudel, which was served with salted boiled potatoes and a herbed sour cream (for 12 EUR/14 USD). This dish has to be one of my all time favourite meals that I have ever had and I have to urge everyone to try this dish! Accompanied by the fresh melon-mint juice (for 5.20 EUR/6.10 USD), I was in heaven and I am confident you will be too if you follow my advice.
Sweet goodness for a number of dietary groups
As you can spend an unlimited amount of time at Café Museum, there will only be so much willpower that you can exert when watching the glorious selection of cakes and other desserts being served to the various tables around you. I lasted about thirty minutes only following on from my meal before having to order such item. The cakes on offer are delectable in every sense of the word and you may be surprised to hear that Café Museum caters for various dietary groups. Nobody misses out the sweet goodness when at Café Museum.
The strawberry pistachio cake, which is made with light pistachio cream and fresh strawberries on a sponge and short crust base, is to be devoured. The strawberry cones, which include a light and fluffy strawberry mousse with fresh strawberries in a chocolate cone is also recommended. Can you tell I have a thing for strawberries?
If you’re looking for a gluten free option, then Café Museum will steal your heart. It serves up a truffletorte, which is a cake made with chocolate sponge, chocolate truffle cream and fine chocolate topping. It also offers a kardinalschnitte, which is a yellow and white sponge meringue filled with a beautiful coffee cream, red currant jam and pieces of wafers. Mouth-watering yet? Oh my goodness, what a treat it is to be here! The prices for the desserts range and are from 5 EUR – 10 EUR (6 USD – 12 USD).
All-time favourite Viennese coffee house
This perfectly located establishment is one block away from the Opera House and in close walking distance to the Naschmarkt and has to be my all-time favourite Viennese coffee house. Whilst it is on par with Café Mozart and Café Landtmann, it is very different. It is close by and on the side to the major tourist attractions albeit not directly in the centre of it, so it attracts far more locals. Unlike Café Mozart and Café Landtmann, it is also easier to walk-in and obtain a booth or/and table without a reservation. Café Museum is opulent but in a more subtle and charming way in comparison to Café Mozart and Café Landtmann and the moment that you walk in, you will see that it is beautiful yet modest at the same time. The atmosphere has an eclectic mix of intellectuals as well as their pets (which are allowed) and the traditional and formal styled waiters creates a memorable experience.
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