On the Ringstrasse in Vienna the Café Schwarzenberg has been serving coffee, cakes and elegant relaxation since 1861. It is the antithesis of the pressured fast-food and T-shirt atmosphere of the Starbucks or Pret A Manger chains. Here the waiters move regally through a world little changed for 100 years. Café Schwarzenberg has claims to be one of ‘the last cafés on the Ringstrasse upholding the typical atmosphere and tradition of a Viennese café.’ Piped music would be as unthinkable as a ‘Big Mac.’The architect Josef Hoffmann used to come here, as did Joseph Roth, Stefan Zweig and Hofmannstahl. Their shades linger benignly beneath the mirrors.
Open most days from 7am to midnight.
1010 Vienna, 1010