Café Berg, if you’ll pardon the pun, has a colourful history. Established in the 1990’s, it’s a cafe-cum-bar which also serves a decent range of food (which I’ll talk more about later). Berg isn’t, however, just a cafe; it is annexed to a bookshop (Löwenherz) with a wide range of literature and film with an emphasis on important works in LGBT literature.
In the twenty or so years since its opening, Cafe Berg has established itself as an integral element of the Kaffeehauskultur so much enjoyed in Vienna. On top of that, and importantly for the LGBT community, Berg was the first gay cafe in Austria to be visible from the street, showcasing huge glass windows that endow the bar with swathes of natural light and a feeling of spaciousness.
For a cafe, the food is rather good. You’re unlikely to get a ham and cheese toasted sandwich; the cuisine has an Italian slant, and the breakfasts are well known throughout the city (with good reason). The whopping € 20 ‘platter for two’ leaves no room for dessert, packed as it is with salami, cheese, bread and all manner of other things; the reasonably priced Wiener Frühstuck offers good value at € 5.80. There are also lunch menus during the week until 15:00. The dishes on offer for supper – truffle ravioli, ciabattas, risottos – certainly tend to make the mouth water. A stone’s throw from Schottentor station, this place is certainly not to be missed.