History of the Viennese Coffeehouse

“If you are worried about something - - - go to a café! ....

If you hate and detest the people but nevertheless cannot do without them - - - go to a café!  

If nobody pays you credit any longer - - - go to a café!”


This is what Peter Altenberg, Vienna’s probably most famous coffeehouse writer, wrote in 1918, thus characterizing the traditional Viennese café as a place where the guest feels like home though not at home. People come here in order to meet friends, to read the newspaper, to discuss, to make business, to borrow money and to indulge in any kind of games, for traditionally the classical Viennese café always offered several pool tables as well as tables where people could play chess or card games.