Monday 11 June 2007

Sunday Morning at Café Central

Champagne and roses
Setting the mood

Enjoying the quiet of the morning

My favorite tables
Left of the entrance

Imperial guests
Awaiting your company

Piano music
In the afternoon

Impeccable service
From early morning on

Coffee Melange galore
Here served at the outdoor tables

Cardinalschnitte with your Melange?

Morning papers anyone?

"... it must be said that the Viennese coffeehouse is a particular institution which is not comparable to any other in the world.

As a matter of fact, it is a democratic club to which admission costs the small price of a cup of coffee. Upon payment of this mite every guest can sit for hours on end, discuss, write, play cards, receive his mail, and, above all, can go through an unlimited number of newspapers and magazines."

Stefan ZWEIG, "The World of Yesterday"


Peter Altenberg
"Because most of his literary work was written while he frequented various Viennese bars and coffeehouses,
Altenberg is sometimes referred to
as a cabaret or coffee house poet.
His favorite coffeehouse was the
Cafe Central,
to which he even had his mail delivered
(Quoted from Wikipedia)


Handmade chocolate pralines

Nougat wrapped in Cafe' Central's red tin foil
From Cafe' Central's confectionary

**) For more information about Stefan Zweig's Viennese memoirs, click here, please.
More of Merisi's Cafe Central photos can be found here.
All images can be enlarged by clicking on them.


  1. Anonymous12 June, 2007

    Great Photo's Merisi! Every thing so grand and elegant. The copper newpaper holder is a cool idea, and your chocolates ae making me hungry!

  2. Columns and courtyards! What great surroundings for a cafe!

  3. Sometimes I wish I had the capacity to hug a coffee cup for hours. Alas I go to such places for the food and/or drink and once refreshed am always itchy to be moving on whether there be somewhere to move on to or not.

  4. Anonymous12 June, 2007

    Grand style!
    I love it.

  5. rochambeau:
    I could need such a newspaper holder for my home, hanging up the mess from my desk (I am clandestinely sneaking away from cleaning it up right now *autchie*).

    Tlc Illustrations:
    This is in my opinion the "grandest" Kaffeehaus in Vienna (Demel's a pastry shop, remember).

    gerald england:
    I find it difficult too, to while away some time there. I promised myself to do some earnest kaffeehaus-sitting in August. ;-)
    I try to meet with people there, though, Central on Sunday afternoons is magical (to be on the safe side for a good seat, make a reservation), and out of town visitors appreciate it.
    Usually I pilgrimate to Demel's, the coffee that's being served at the bar counter is too good to resist. And then the cherry strudel, and soon the apricot one. :-)

    It's such a tough life here, deciding where to have coffee, too much beauty. ;-)

  6. Anonymous13 June, 2007


    What wonderful photos! I love cafe's and I could sit at that one for days! I think the man in you photo had the same thought!

  7. Beautiful - the couryard pic left me looking at it for some time...its really grand !!

  8. I just LOVE Cafe Central. It is one of my favorite places in Vienna. Unfortunately, I haven't been there in ages.

  9. As usual, your photos take my breath away...



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