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Looking to go back in time when the Viennese café scene started? Look no further than the oldest café in Vienna – Café Frauenhuber.
Oldest café in Vienna – History
Café Frauenhuber is the oldest café in Vienna. The building itself dates back to 1746. A coffeehouse first moved here in 1821, however, it has changed names several times but has been known as Café Frauenhuber since 1891.
Both Mozart and Beethoven entertained diners here in the late 1700’s. In fact, there is a plaque at the entryway denoting their involvement in the establishment.
Although the café has notable ancestry, it is welcoming and pleasant without a hint of being pretentious.
Prices, also, are on the lower to mid-level for Vienna coffeehouses.
The coffees at Cafe Frauenhuber
I ordered the Melange (the Viennese version of a cappuccino) and it was served on a silver platter along with a glass of water and a wafer cookie. It was medium-bodied and made exactly as I like it – not too bold, not too weak.
Kevin ordered the Einspanner coffee which is made with two shots of espresso and lots of whipped cream. It looked delicious.
Iced tea here serves up hot and poured over ice. Little K loved it. Now, we have to make it that way at home, too. We also split an apple strudel that was moist and full of apples (although not quite the best apple strudel in Vienna).
Café Frauenhuber has numerous outdoor tables set up in the warmer months as well as indoor seating with deep red velvet benches.
It is not as showy as other Viennese cafes (see Best Cafes in Vienna), but it is welcoming and full of its own charm being the oldest café in Vienna.
Location and hours for Cafe Frauenhober
Monday – Saturday: 8.00 am – 11.00 pm
Sunday & Holidays: 10.00 pm – 10.00 pm
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What Viennese cafés do you recommend? Please let me know in the comments – we may go back to Vienna next year and I would love to try others.
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