Cafe Sperl


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Cafe Sperl

Founded in 1880 the Sperl is one of the most emblematic coffee houses in Vienna. The 19th century interiors, hardwood pool tables and the wide selection of international newspapers provide the perfect fin-de-siècle atmosphere. Sip one of the 34 types of coffee and enjoy a slice of the signature Sperl cake, a delicious chocolate cream and almond treat. After 3:30 in the afternoon on Sundays gentle piano music entertains guests.


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.