Phil Bar & Bookstore


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Phil Bar & Bookstore

Both a cafe and a store, Phil is one of the best breakfast places in Vienna, serving up healthy fare until 4 pm. The store sells a selection of books, DVDs and vinyls which is constantly on rotation, this besides serving good quality food and fabulous hot drinks for fairly decent prices. The cosy retro furniture is just perfect for sitting back and viewing the lists of products for sale printed in menu format over an espresso and a bite to eat.


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.