Café Museum

Price guide: Mid-range

Operngasse 7, Vienna, 1010

Price guide: Mid-range

Cafe Museum

By Diane Naar-Elphee, your Vienna expert

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#20 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Vienna
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.9
4.9
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Singles, History, No fuss, People watching, Relaxation

Expert review of Café Museum

Reborn and rejuvenated – Karlsplatz now has a decent café.

Since its successful reopening recently, the Viennese have flocked to witness the changes to Café Museum. The original 1900s interior, designed by Adolf Loos – one of the great, but highly controversial, Austrian architects – has gone. This had once been the hang-out of Austria's greatest creative artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka; writers like Joseph Roth, Elias Canetti and Robert Musil; composers such as Alban Berg, Franz Lehar, Oscar Strauss and Architects Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos.

Food and drink: 

Breakfast, in three variations, is served from 8-11.30 am, after which a midday menu, with straightforward Viennese dishes, can be ordered until 2.30pm.

Ambience: 

Since the face-lift, the interior is quite similar to other cafés with warm-red upholstered seating, obligatory black bentwood chairs, marble-topped tables and brass wall lighting. Quite an eye-catching exception are the enormous, 30s-style steel globes hanging from the ceiling – apparently an original was found in the cellar and the others were copied accordingly. They don't give off much light but they are an amazing feature.

Service: 

It was very, very busy last time I was there and still the dapper waiter - in his black tux - found me a table and within minutes I was served a piping hot melange coffee (a melange is similar to a cappuccino, the subtle difference is in the slightly lighter coffee roast which gives the beverage a slightly milder taste) by the apprentice – you can recognise them by the white jackets they wear.

Location: 

The sprawling Karlsplatz is not the pedestrian-friendly area it could be, but the location is close to everything because of the hub of public transport below ground.

Price advice: 

You get a regular cup of coffee for 4.40 euros (which is expensive, but worth it) and the two-course daily menu costs 9.90 euros.

More information on Café Museum:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Café, Restaurant
Food:
Snacks, Traditional
Address:
Operngasse 7, Vienna, 1010
Telephone:
01 24 100 620
Website:
http://www.cafemuseum.at/cafe-museum/
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 8am-12pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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