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Coffee time in Salzburg

From classically traditional to stylishly cool – the vibrant coffeehouse scene in Salzburg has something perfect for practically every taste! We have tracked down beloved time-honored addresses and the most exciting café hotspots.

Once the “living rooms” of intellectuals, the Salzburg coffeehouses of today are colorful gathering places for locals and tourists alike. We’ll first saunter over to the oldest coffeehouse in Austria, Café Tomaselli, where we will order a Grosser Brauner. And any resistance to the fragrance of the apple strudel, Guglhupf and an array of other pastry temptations, as the cake lady wafts past our table, is absolutely futile.

Quite different, though no less enticing, is Café 220 Grad. This café in the Kaiviertel is a popular address for locals. It’s basically like a cozy parlor, where you encounter coffee lovers of all ages. Whether for breakfast or to enjoy a friendly chat with owners Margret and Alois Macheiner – all day long, the place emanates the fragrance of coffee served in colorful cups, made from beans which have been roasted in-house and supplied by select producers.

Glüxfall on Franz-Josef-Kai is also a place we like to gather. Breakfast can be mixed-and-matched however you please, and in nice weather even enjoyed with a cup of your favorite java creation out on the secluded patio in the back.
But now we are going to switch to the other side of the River Salzach. After all, what would Salzburg be without Café Bazar and its chandeliers, marble tables and intellectual charm? The waiter serves the Melange absolutely correctly, accompanied by a glass of water on a silver tray. We could well spend the whole day here, read the newspaper and gaze out across the Salzach...

That is, of course, if there weren’t also Café Wernbacher, the embodiment of the Viennese coffeehouse tradition, an absolute must for every Salzburg visitor. This is a multi-purpose mecca, popular with artists, journalists and residents of the Andräviertel. Along with the coffee, we allow ourselves a slice of Torte selected from the glass display case, whose original 1950s flair, along with that of the chairs, benches and tables, is always an eye-catcher in its own right.

We move on, now paying a visit to Favorite Kamer, espresso bar and concept store brought together at a single address. Here we meet young creative types, who drink their coffee from hand-crafted cups, sitting either on white furniture or the bench next to the window. With her fine selection of ceramics, linen accessories and fragrance candles – all of which are handmade products from the immediate region – owner Julia Hoff welcomes us into a space we will immediately fall in love with and never want to leave.