Café Central, located in Vienna’s 1st district at the corner of Herrengasse and Strauchgasse, first opened in 1876. After more than 140 years of history, it is still a centre of Austrian culinary tradition, literature, philosophy and culture. Today, hardly anyone knows that Palais Ferstel, the home palace of Café Central, was first opened as a bank and stock exchange building. In the late 19th century, Palais Ferstel was the most modern building in Vienna and therefore became and still is “the place to be”.
Today, Café Central still benefits from its long-standing tradition, which was always based on modernity. The traditional coffeehouse used to be a home-away-from-home for some of history’s greatest thinkers. Among the former regular guests you’ll find Peter Altenberg, Sigmund Freud and Felix Salten.
Since then, Vienna has been through two world wars, five new currencies and eleven presidents – and for the majority of this time Café Central has provided a constant expression of the Austrian attitude to life, as well as serves as a central meeting point for the capital’s intellectuals.
Virtually every literary figure and scholar worth their salt could be found among the ranks of the ‘Centralists’, as the café’s regulars referred to themselves. Many famous faces met to exchange ideas while enjoying the coffeehouse specialities.
For many years, Café Central was known as ‘the university of chess’. The café was one of the most important meeting hubs for intellectual life in the city, right the up until 1938, and it also welcomed numerous chess masters during this time.
Guests at Café Central experience a special atmosphere while enjoying a rich breakfast, a business lunch or a Viennese coffee, especially along with an innovative pastry or a piece of traditional cake. You will find Austrian culinary classics, like Tafelspitz (boiled beef) or Wiener Schnitzel (breaded veal cutlet), as well as at least one vegan dish on the menu.
Desserts can be chosen from the beautiful cake display, where every piece of pastry looks like a piece of art.
Furthermore, every day guests can enjoy live piano music starting at 5.00 pm, while enjoying their dinner in our very special traditional Viennese coffeehouse.
Monday-Saturday: 7.30 a.m.-10.00 p.m.
Sundays and public holidays: 10.00 a.m.-10.00 p.m.
Daily piano entertainment: 5.00 p.m.-10.00 p.m.