Originally opened in 1876, Café Central boasts a number of famous regulars over the years, including Leo Trotsky, Adolf Loos, Vladimir Lenin and Sigmund Freud. The café, restored in 1986, is reminiscent of both the intellectuals who frequented the café and the imperial grandeur of Austria. Café Central is perfectly situated behind the Hofburg, making it an ideal place to stop for a delicious piece of Apfelstrudel and rich hot chocolate after you’ve spent hours wandering through the nearby twin museums and the Imperial Palace. Reservations recommended for groups (tel: +43 1 533 37 63 61)
Sadly this once favourite place of mine has now been overwhelmed with its popularity and there are usually long queues to get in. Good news is that there are plenty of cafés in Vienna where you don't have to queue!
A very nice historical café in the centre of Vienna. I called in here for a coffee about 11am after visiting the Kaiserliche Schatzkammer which is just around the corner. I did not have to wait for a table, service was efficient and prices seemed only slightly above average for Vienna. I noticed that the café offers a two course lunch menu which is available on weekdays between 11.30-14.00 for a very reasonable €9.60. The menu is published weekly on the café’s website.