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Café Eiles

Perched beside the manicured Volksgarten park, Eiles has mint-green walls, brassy chandeliers, window booths and a carriage of sweet treats to greet you at the door. The food menu is as Austrian as it gets – bratwurst, bouillon with liver, sliced dumplings, boiled beef with apple horseradish and, of course, the classic wiener schnitzel, a thin cutlet of veal coated in golden breadcrumbs served with a sharp potato salad and a wedge of lemon.

Café Sperl

The coffee house is an integral part of Viennese culture. Time seems to stand still in these opulent, nicotine-stained rooms, which embody the Austrian word “gemütlich”, meaning warmth, comfort and familiarity. For the truest taste of this custom try Café Sperl, with its gold and wood-panelled walls, mahogany coat stands, high ceilings, red booths and bowed windows draped with gold velvet. Strong, bitter coffee is served on silver platters, while trays of traditional sweet treats, which seem to be appropriate at any time of day here, lie in wait – including plum cake, ring cake, cheesecake and crumbly apple strudel dusted with icing sugar.

Loos American Bar

Built more than 100 years ago by the great rebel architect Adolf Loos, the American Bar was erected as a revolt against Vienna’s sleek, imperial architecture. Blending deep mahogany with draped lamps and a green-and-white chequered floor, Loos lined the coffered ceiling with mirrors, creating the illusion of a giant room. In reality, guests are flung together at the crowded bar stools and tables of this tiny cigar box of a bar. Bartenders in white braces light every cigarette with a flick of one hand, and muddle icy cocktails in copper tankards with the other.

Café Hawelka

If the walls of this legendary coffee house could talk, they’d probably tell you tales of the great intellectuals and artists who have been gathering at its rickety wooden tables since the late Thirties. Dark, stained wood covers the ceiling and walls, which are plastered with peeling cinema and music posters. Order a hot chocolate, which comes with a dish of glossy cream, and an apple strudel. This iconic dessert can be found everywhere, but theirs comes hot with a firm golden pastry and sweet stewed apples.

Wein & Co.

Surrounded by 700 hectares of verdant vineyards, Vienna and good wine go hand in hand. In the basement of this flagship bar you can buy crates of local reds, whites and rosés. Upstairs you can make your way through their impressive wine list (including plenty of natural wines for some guilt-free sipping) along with elegant dishes like tartare, baked veal bread and poached trout.

Volksgarten Pavillon

On warmer days locals head to Vienna’s many green spaces. This small mint-green and pink garden house is the perfect place to grab an Aperol Spritz (a drink that the locals love almost as much as coffee) or a beer while lounging on the outdoor tables buried in this lush inner-city park.

Café Phil Café Phil

Students, young families and couples with obedient dogs flock to this hip living room-style café, which has the same unhurried pace of a classic Viennese coffee house. The bookshop at its centre offers the latest releases in art, film, fiction and philosophy, while coffee, booze and simple lunches are served from a bar lit by 1970s lamps.

Radlager

Here you can indulge your wildest bicycle-related fantasies while sipping the city’s best espresso. Fine Italian bicycles are draped across this tiled café, which has a curved bar at its centre, and locals get their bikes fixed in the back room.

Radlager

Café Phil

Volksgarten Pavillon

Wein & Co.

Café Hawelka

Loos American Bar

Café Sperl

Café Eiles

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