The corner coffeehouse in Vienna’s 3rd district, Café Zartl, was first opened in 1883 and became a meeting point for many famous literary figures and artists before, and after, World War 2.
In 2020, it still has that typical bohemian Viennese coffeehouse atmosphere – red and gold velvet fabric seats, English-patterned wallpaper, crystal chandeliers and a cosiness that makes you want to drown in one of the booths while watching an old couple feed each other Gulasch. You’ll probably end up having a brief conversation with the couple later – it’s almost impossible to visit a Viennese coffeehouse without exchanging a few words with somebody.
We recommend… coming here for the all embracing calmness. Even though you can hear people chatting and laughing, it never loses its cool here.
Conversation with a waiter: While it often seems that the waiting staff in Viennese coffeehouses serve your coffee, or Goulash with reluctance and disdain, they tend to be surprisingly loving with their regular guests. At Café Zartl, we even saw one of them stroking an old woman’s hair while talking to her.
“Und, hat alles g’schmeckt?” (was everything, ok?)
“Ja, wunderbar. Nur wors mir fast a bissl z’wenig.” (yes, wonderful, just maybe not entirely enough)
“Noch ans?” (another one?)
“Na, lieber noch an Achtl rot, i brauch Flüssigkeit.” (no, better get me some red wine, i need liquids)