Herrengasse 14, Vienna, Austria
Café Central Vienna Reviews
Cafe Central Jun 10, 2009
Cafe Central is a fantastic cafe in the centre of Vienna. The cafe makes a great deal of its historical connections to many of the great intellectuals and political figures of Viennese history. It is hard to imagine a young Trotsky sitting amidst all the luxury here playing chess and smoking, but some of the other reviews say that he was actually in the courtyard, so there we go.
As much a tourist attraction as a cafe, it would be easy to dismiss the cafe; there were several people who came in when I was there to take photos of themselves with a plaster model of a patron. But it would be foolish not to stay for a cake if you were here. The cakes are fantastic; if anything I prefered the poppy seed torte to the better known Sacher Torte I had in the Sacher. The cafe keeps a good wine list, and the food was excellent. Before my cake I had Goulash and it was spot on.
It was reasonably priced, and the service was friendly. The surroundings are incredible; high ceilings and beautiful pillars, huge mirros, and comfortable seats. I loved it there. There was a pianist over dinner, and he provided a wonderful backdrop.
It is worth noting that there is currently no smoking ban in Austria, so make sure that you are careful where you sit if other people's galoises are going to upset you.
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Beautiful Café in Vienna Feb 15, 2009
A leisurely stop in a café is something not to be missed during a trip to Vienna. We stopped at a beautiful one on the way to Hofburg called Café Central. It is located in a magnificent 19th century building called Palais Ferstel. The building was constructed from 1856 to 1860.
This café is exactly how I expected a grand and stately Vienna café to be. The coffee and pastry were terrific and the service was perfect... Attentive, tuxedoes waiters, friendly enough. A very leisurely pace to everything - you feel as though you could stay there all day and noone would rush you off...
We also tried a raspberry parfait which was delicious. It's not cheap, actually it was pretty expensive - but the atmosphere was worth it. Coffee and a snack for two set us back about 16 Euros.
The café was opened in 1860, and in the late nineteenth century it became a key meeting place of the Viennese intellectual scene. Key regulars included Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky. Until 1938 the café was called the "Chess school" (Die Schachhochschule) because of the presence of many chess players. Café Central was closed at the end of WW2 and was not reopened again until the building was restored in 1975. Originally the café occupied the building's glass-covered inner courtyard - the present location was originally the location of bank facilities.
The Café Central is open Monday-Saturday from 8 am to10 pm. There is piano music every evening from 4-7 pm. The address is Herrengasse 14. Phone 533-3763
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