afternoon break at the lovely café hawelka

café hawelka is one of the last remaining examples of the viennese coffee culture and definitely worth a visit. it is sited in the centre of vienna (in its innere stadt) in dorotheergasse 6.

hawelka 1

it was first opened by leopold and josefine hawelka, in the 1939. however, quite soon it had to be closed, due to the outbreak of world war II, and it did not reopen until the fall 1945. soon after its reopening, the café became a meeting point for various viennese writers and critics.

later on it became one of the tourist spots in town, but its charm remained until the present day. as soon as you enter, you will notice its shabby style; old & used furniture, vintage wallpaper, curtains are particularly old-school, and also there is some weird art. on the other hand, as the representative of viennese coffee culture, it is a place where time and space are consumed, but you have to pay only the coffee. the newspaper are equipped with wooden holder sticks, the coffee comes served with the glass of tap water and your coffee table would have a marble tabletop.

hawelka 2

oh, and you shouldn’t ask for the menu! actually, i don’t think it exists to begin with. waiters will tell you the whole story, but if you ask me, it’s quite safe to order the grosser brauner (or large coffee with milk) and the apfelstrudel (or apple strudel). ours was just too good.

hawelka 3


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