A Personal Coffee House Guide

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Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafes of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague


By Rick Rodgers

Published 2002

It would be impossible to visit every one of the thousands of coffeehouses in Vienna, Budapest, and Prague, but I did visit those with biggest impact on each city’s history and culture. This list compiles personal favorites and is not meant to be a complete catalogue. Not every coffeehouse is steeped in nostalgia. Sparkling new coffeehouses open regularly, often with admirable individuality and a sense of style that brings the comfortable home-away-from-home into this century. I’ve included a few of my favorite “new-style” cafés here along with the established classics. For ease of alphabetization, the word Café is ignored in the list.

Every attempt was made to keep this list current. Practically every café has its own website. It is worth looking up the café on your favorite search engine to check hours of operation, location, special events, and other information, as well as getting recommendations from fellow diners on third-party sites. There are a number of applications for smart phones and tablets that will be helpful with navigation and translation. Just be sure to sign up for a reasonable international data plan with your provider and understand the pricing details.

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