Café Museum

Address: Operngasse 7, Vienna, 1010, Austria
Telephone: 01 24 100 620

- Mid-range

4.5

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
4.4
90%
Service
4.9
90%
Food and drink
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Ambience
4.4
90%
Location
4.5
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • No fuss
  • History

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