12 of the best cafes for study & work in Vienna

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    Best cafés to study & work

     / February 06, 2016
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            Vienna Würstelstand's  says:
            For most of us, this time of year means work, study, exams and assignments. It’s important to have those cafes to escape to where you can work and study amidst the buzz for hours on end.

            And what makes a ideal study/work cafe? Comfortable seating attached to big tables, quick wifi, waiting staff that will leave you alone for hours, good coffee, a bright and inspiring atmosphere, and, on occasion, power sockets to charge your laptop.

            We’ve rounded up a list of 12 inspiring and comfortable cafes for work or study in Vienna.

            Ströck Feierabend
            Where: Landstraßer Hauptstraße 82, 1030
            Opening Times: Mon–Sat: 7am–12am, Sun: 7am–6pm



            While the Viennese bakery chain Ströck is seen on every third corner, its fancy bakery-restaurant-bar hybrid Feierabend on Landstraße offers more room, a wider selection of food and a neat kind of busy calmness.

            You can stay here for hours, use the free WLAN, sip on your Kleiner Brauner and munch on a Pain au chocolat. The 7am open is very convenient if you’re an early-starter, and while there are a lot of people walking in and out around the clock, you’ll always find a free seat (excluding dinnertime which can be busy).

            Tip: avoid the evenings for working here when people turn up for a fancy dinner

            Wi-Fi: Yes
            Power outlet for powering up your laptop? Yes
            Best study/work hours: Monday until Friday from 7am–12pm
            Non-smoking



            phil
            Where: Gumpendorfer Str. 10–12, 1060
            Opening Times: Mon: 5pm–1am, Tue–Sun: 9am–1am

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            phil is pretty much the poster boy of Vienna’s café/store hybrids. It offers up a cosy atmosphere amidst shelves full of books and records for purchase (or for inspiration), and comfy couches to drown in and study for hours. They serve breakfast into the afternoon, as well as warm food for lunch and dinner. It can get busy and loud here from around 5pm onwards, which isn’t ideal for study or work purposes so aim to be finished by then, so you can join in on the fun.

            Wi-Fi: Yes
            Power outlet for powering up your laptop?  Yes
            Best study/work hours: 9am–5pm
            Non-smoking



            Café Gagarin
            Where: Garnisongasse 24, 1090
            Opening times: Mon: 12–2am; Tue–Fri: 11am–2am; Sat & Public Holidays: 7pm–2am; Sun: closed



            We love this place, not only for its sexy sloppy looks, but the ideals it stands for. Intentionally situated directly across from Austria’s national bank, Cafe Gagarin is a “political statement” against capitalist greed. It’s also situated right next to the University Wien campus in the Altes AKH, which along with it’s very chilled, come-as-you-are attitude and it’s cheap prices, makes it an ideal study café. And if you’re talented enough to combine eating with working, the lunch is worth the risk of spilling it all over your laptop. It’s not a big place, so turning up outside of meal times is a good idea.

            Wi-Fi: Yes
            Power outlet for charging your laptop? Yes
            Best study hours: Either side of lunch hours, until about 7pm
            Non-smoking/smoking



            Burggasse24
            Where: Burggasse 24, 1070
            Opening Hours: Mon–Sat: 11am–10pm (Beware: they sometimes close early)



            Torn, broken and mismatched furniture paired with a shabby chic charm and the crackling flames of a fire place – this is the lulling bubble of calm at the café attached to the vintage clothes boutique, Burggasse 24.

            The quiet living room set up, with a street lamp randomly propped in the middle of it, is the perfect setting for some hardcore studying or quiet work hours. They make a mean coffee and also have a cake typically on offer which can prove useful if a sugar hit is needed to get you focused. Even if you set fire to a pot plant (ok, maybe we’re exaggerating), the staff will leave you alone for hours. But they are very chilled, indeed.

            Wi-Fi: Yes
            Power outlet for charging your laptop? Yes
            Best study/work hours: from open until close
            Non-smoking/smoking



            WerkzeugH
            Where: Schönbrunnerstraße 61, 1050
            Opening times:Daily: 4pm–1am




            The sight of hungry and thirsty student’s faces litup by laptop screens is common amidst WerkzeugH chaotic charm, which looks something like a garden workshop of some eccentric do-it-yourself-er (hence the name which originates from the places past life as a tool shop).The big windows will remind you when tangled up in some deep economic theory, or trying to get that assignment done, that the world extends beyond your present mental constipation. The best window for work here is between 4-7pm, before studious students morph into their drinking, swearing, smoking selves.

            Wi-Fi: Yes
            Power outlet for charging your laptop? Yes
            Best study/work hours: 4pm–7pm
            Non-smoking/smoking

             


            Café Europa
            Where: Zollergasse 8, 1070
            Opening hours: Daily 9am–5am



            Café Europa feels like our second living room, with much better coffee and a smooth, yet bubbly atmosphere that gets our creative and study juices flowing. The Viennese institution has been around for 33 years and has always been open to each and everyone, which is why you might end up sitting between a suited business man and a dreadlocked punk.

            While your attention might get caught by babies, dogs, an early morning drinker or the occurring celebrity, this is a perfect place for some serious worktime. Start your day off with one of the breakfast options and a flick through the newspapers, get buzzing on some coffee, and when your growling belly starts to disturb your studying around midday, select between the lunch menu, made up of mostly seasonal dishes. As it does get quite busy around 5pm, we recommend that’s when you close your books, give yourself a pat on the back for your hard work and relax with a nice after-work cocktail, or the Europa insider drink, Averna with ice and lemon.

            Tip: If you prefer studying at night, they are open until 5am and will even serve you food until then.

            Wi-Fi: Yes
            Power outlet for charging your laptop? Yes (near the front windows)
            Best study/work hours: If noise bothers you while studying/working, schedule your office hours from early morning until about 5pm
            Non-smoking/smoking



            Radlager
            Where: Operngasse 28, 1040
            Opening Hours: Mon–Wed: 8am–10pm, Thu–Fri: 8am–12am, Sat: 10am–12am, Sun: 10am–8pm



            Without fail, everytime we’re here there are several laptops flipped open on the tables at Radlager, with handsome suits or tech students (we assume, with the tech university just being around the corner) tapping away on them.

            While café/shop hybrids are now old hat, Radlager is the first in Vienna to jump on the cycle café trend turning two-wheeled enthusiasts on around the world. Born during the city’s rise of the bike in recent years, it makes for a cyclist’s dream pit stop. Their simple, light sandwiches etc. are great for a break between lectures, or to escape the office for some work with food.

            There’s an effortlessly cool atmosphere here full of the stuff that inspires creative work.

            Wi-Fi: Yes
            Power outlet for charging your laptop? No
            Best study/work hours: All day long. Even the evening is chilled here.
            Non-smoking



            Das Möbel
            Where: Burggasse 10, 1070
            Opening times: Mon–Fri: 2pm–12am, Sat, Sun and Public holidays: 10am–12am



            Not only will your adopted work/study station be big here, but also beautiful. This old favourite, Das Möbel is furnished by tables and chairs created by local designers, and they all make a great spot to open up a laptop, or study old school with paper, pens and stuff. The big windows and the fresh and light interior design will ensure you won’t get weighed down under that workload. There’s plenty of space as well and you’re pretty much guaranteed a table to yourself in the quiet hours from 2pm until about 6pm.

            Wi-Fi: Yes
            Power outlet for charging your laptop? Yes
            Best study/work hours: 2pm–6pm during the week.
            Non-smoking



            Coffee Pirates
            Where: Spitalgasse 17, 1090
            Opening times: Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm, Sat & Sun: 9am-3pm



            Everything about Coffee Pirates screams – ‘sit down, sip your skilfully made coffee and study!” The vast, bright public living-room atmosphere offering a colourful mix of different seating areas (festive wooden table vs. window bar vs. cosy lounge area) has been recently extended, but still often fills up. However, if you score a seat, you can work your way through dozens of quality coffees.

            Wi-Fi: Yes
            Power outlet for charging your laptop? Yes
            Best study/work hours: Whenever you can get a seat, all day long.
            Non-smoking



            Marks
            Where: Neustiftgasse 82, 1070
            Opening times: Tue–Sat: 10am–12am, Sun: 9:30am–11pm, Mon: Closed



            “If you need, there is a power socket by the window that you can charge your laptop on.”

            We were already in love with Marks before the friendly waiter came to us and offered us this very helpful information. How many restaurants/cafes would offer such information freely! And that’s the thing about Marks that makes it special – how authentically friendly it is to everybody that walks through their doors. There’s plenty of seating and tables to work away at, and if you need a break from the study or work, there’s piles of magazines and newspapers to flick through. Anything you order on the menu here (food or drink) is enough to inspire your intellect to go to great heights.

            Wi-Fi: Yes
            Power outlet for charging your laptop? Yes
            Best study/work hours: morning until lunch and then anytime during the afternoon
            Non-smoking



            Welt Café
            Where: Schwarzspanierstraße 15, 1090
            Opening times: Mon–Fri: 8:30am–12am, Sat–Sun: 9am–12am

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            It couldn’t be closer to the university, and thanks to its free WIFI internet, and comfy atmosphere (especially in the pillow ridden setup at the back), the Welt Café has garnered a reputation as a student café par excellence. One can study over a typically fantastic Verlängerten, or mix it up with the more adventurous variations of coffee on the menu, like the Mexican coffee, or the brew out of Senegal or Ethiopia. There’s also a raft of hot chocolate options. The food is nothing that will inspire groundbreaking essays, but is reasonably priced, well-sourced and wholesome. This includes a brunch buffet on Saturdays, which gets cheaper the later you arrive. Welt Café has a definite hippy milieu mixed with a student vibe so you won’t feel out of place here. Well, unless you’re an economic student. Oh, and if you get stuck with a certain problem with your work, you can ask the Buddha above the bar for answers.

            Wi-Fi: Yes
            Power outlet for charging your laptop? Yes
            Best study/work hours: morning until lunch and then anytime during the afternoon
            Non-smoking



            Café Jelinek
            Where: Otto-Bauer-Gasse 5, 1060 Wien
            Opening hours: Daily 9am–9pm



            Café Jelinek is one of the reasons why we love living in Vienna – it’s dripping with true Viennese coffehouse-charm and is the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, or a day of studying. From the yellow nicotine stained walls covered with pictures of famous  people, the very well-worn wooden floor, to the comfortable scruffy velvet sofas, it feels as if nothing has changed since Jelinek found its popularity in the 80ies (It was actually opened by a Jewish couple back in 1910.)

            The relaxed, old world coffeehouse atmosphere, along with the delicous coffee, always makes us feel like staying for hours. We also love the little coffehouse tables inviting people to stay and study, read one of the many national and international newspapers or throw glances at celebrities (we just spotted Josef Hader, one our favourite Austrian comedians!) Another highlight is the old fireplace oven in the center of the café, which is still used in winter.

            Tip: When that inevitable study low hits, we recommend you go for one of the home-made cakes that you’ve been secretely eyeing up all day – we fall for the legendary Guglhupf every time.

            Wi-Fi: Yes
            Power outlet for charging your laptop? Not that we could find
            Best study/work hours: morning until 5pm during the week. Weekends get quite busy.
            Non-smoking

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            Best cafés to study & work

             / February 06, 2016
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