Café Dommayer – Strauss’ local haunt

Café Dommayer Vienna

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Café Dommayer – Strauss’ local haunt

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Visitors to Vienna can choose between thousands of fabulous fancy coffee houses. Allow me to point out another; Café Dommayer. Not quite the flagship, but arguably the jewel in the crown of the Oberlaa confectionery chain, this café has a rich history. It is a former casino and a haunt of both Strauss father and Strauss son, the so-called King of the Waltz. Before it was a cafe back in the 1800s, regular concerts were held at this place.

It is quite far away from the centre but very close to a tourist hub, the Schönbrunn palace, in the prosperous district of Hietzing. This place doesn’t serve the city’s cheapest coffee, but let me assure you: the kitchen is fabulous and it is certainly somewhere to come and impress guests if the famous palace is on your tourist itinerary.

Like Aïda, the Oberlaa confectionery chain has a rich history and is firmly entrenched in the Viennese tradition of torten. Perhaps Oberlaa is even more prestigious than its pink-liveried rival; the cakes on offer are absolutely fantastic. Although I make no attempt to hide the fact that Dommayer is no bargain-basement café, a lunchtime meal or a coffee and a slice of cake is not going to break the bank. Serve yourself a slice of elegance and saddle up to the suave side of the city, either before or after wandering through Schönbrunn’s vast grounds.

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Address

Dommayergasse 1, Vienna

Telephone number

+43187754650

Opening Times

07:00 - 22:00 daily

Price

Diverse coffee: € 3.50

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