Cafe Sperl

The glorious cafes of Vienna are hard to choose between, but for an authentic coffee house that serves more locals than tourists, visit Cafe Sperl. Opened in 1880, and little changed since, it hosted the first meetings of the Secessionists, and cultural conversation fuelled by cake has continued ever since. Open 7 am to 11pm in the week, there are dogs sleeping on the parquet floor under the chairs, office workers stopping in to play billiards, old men reading the paper, ladies of a certain age lunching on asparagus soup, and lovers huddled in corners, having anguished conversations over coffee. Menus are in German only- but guessing and pointing will almost certainly bring some delightful cake or snack to your table.

Guide to Cafe Sperl, ViennaGuide to Cafe Sperl, Vienna

Guide to Cafe Sperl, Vienna
website Gumpendorfer Strasse 11 Vienna Kettenbruckengasse

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