Cafe Drechsler


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Cafe Drechsler

Cafe Drechsler at the Naschmarkt is a perfect example of the combination of tradition and a modern stylish ambience. The venue, which first opened its doors in 1919, was carefully renovated by renowned British architect Sir Terence Conran and since 2007 has presented itself to its guests as a 'traditional Viennese coffee house in a 21st century style'. DJs play here several times during the week instead of the more typical piano players. Try their gulash or the popular brunch.


Since 2011, the traditional Viennese coffee house culture has been regarded as part of the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. Legend has it Vienna's café culture had its beginning back in 1683 when a sack of coffee beans was left behind by the retreating Ottomans. In the late 19th and 20th centuries, coffee houses became the go-to places for intellectuals and creatives, including the likes of Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt, James Joyce, and Leon Trotsky. Traditional cafes entice visitors with a wide variety of coffee-based specialities, heavenly pastry creations, and a unique cosy and friendly: Austrian gemütlichkeit. If you are in the mood for something more modern, there are hundreds of third-wave coffee places in Vienna.