A New Viennese Coffee House in Vienna's 1st District

Café Museum, one of the Vienna’s finest traditional coffee houses, re-opens in Vienna this month.

Café Museum which closed at the end of 2009 under a cloud of controversy under the previous operators is now set to re-open in October. Its new owner is the successful café owner Berndt Querfeld who already operates five other upmarket coffee houses in the city, including the renowned Café Landtmann on the Ringstrasse.

Cafe Museum © WienTourismus/PeterKoller

Café Museum is a classic Viennese café dating back to 1899. It was once nicknamed “Café Nihilism” because of its simple, unadorned interior designed by Adolf Loos. It soon established itself as a meeting place for artists and intellectuals, and among some of its patrons were Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Shiele and Robert Musil.

In 1930 the interior of Café Museum was given comfortable benches and booths, according to plans by architect Josef Zotti. The café was restored to its original design in 2003, but with little success.

Now, upholstered furnishings restore typical Viennese coziness to Café Museum under the Querfeld management.  Visitors to Café Museum will be able to enjoy pastries that are specially baked by the Landtmann’s Feine Patisserie for all the Querfeld family businesses.

Café Museum is centrally located between the Ringstrasse and Naschmarkt, a stone’s throw from the Secession building.


Café Museum
Friedrichstrasse 6/Operngasse, 1st district

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