Michaelerplatz 2, Vienna, 1010
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Singles, No fuss, Relaxation, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Cafe Griensteidl
I've been coming here ever since a strict non-smoking policy was introduced, long before laws were passed restricting smoking in public. The Griensteidl has a history that goes back to the early 19th century, making it one of the oldest cafés in town. It was once the café of intellectuals like Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Arnold Schönberg, Theodor Herzl or Karl Kraus. Today it is as popular with office workers, shoppers and passers-by.
I eat here regularly, so do a lot of senior citizens. Smaller, less expensive portions can be ordered by older patrons. The weekly menu changes regularly although typical classic dishes are always available - think frankfurter sausages and goulasch.
Red velvet booths, black bentwood chairs and dark-wood panelling give the interior a typical coffeehouse feel. Look for the two large famous Klimt pictures on the wall, although they might look like pictures they are actually woven. There are periodicals, newspapers and magazines hanging from bamboo racks by the door. Additional seating is in the Schanigarten (an outside seating area on the pavement), running alongside the building, offering a wonderful view of the beautiful façades around the square – which is actually more like a circus.
The staff are excellent, helpful and charming and they never seem to be stressed, even when the café is packed.
Cafe Griensteidl is very central enjoying a noble address looking out onto the Michaelerplatz, the gateway to the Hofburg – the Hapsburg family residence for more than 600 years.
The menu changes regularly with a choice of daily specials for less than 12 euros. Coffee and cake will set you back about 7 euros, the three types of breakfast are between 5.90 and 8.50 euros.
Today the Griensteidl belongs to the growing empire of caterer Do & Co. As well as Demel, and other restaurants in Vienna and Munich, the Court Restaurant in the British Museum is now part of the international family.
More information on Cafe Griensteidl:
- Price guide:
- Café, Restaurant
- Snacks, Traditional
- Michaelerplatz 2, Vienna, 1010
- 01 53526920
- Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Daily 8am-11.30pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary