A friend of my wife’s, upon hearing that we had moved to Vienna, rang us up on Skype.

“That’s cool that you moved to Vienna. It’s a nice city. I’ve been there. Perhaps a bit grim in the outskirts, but nice…”

He then engaged her in a conversation of the little differences between the States and Europe. You know, sort of the whole “Pulp Fiction” discussion: mayonaise on fries? Big Mac Royale? love for Che? no sheets? But then he dropped the bomb: they don’t do brunch in Europe, either.

Au contraire, I’ve discovered!


Maybe it is the times. Maybe it’s US cultural imperialism. But whatever the case, brunch is here in Vienna, and Wieners can rejoice and eat hangover friendly spreads on the weekend. Late risers can now get their grub on with utter impunity at nearly any hour of the weekend!

So far, I’ve found a really good one at Wirr, which features eggs, various cold cuts, breads, pastries, yogurts, fruit spreads, grilled tomatoes, and much more. This is, so far, my favorite brunch in Vienna (thanks Bulldog for the tip) for many reasons. It’s cheap at under EUR 9 for brunch plus coffee (I think that’s right, but your price may vary) and it just so happens to be located very near my residence.

Another decent brunch, but a bit pricier is the Mocca Club. The Mocca Club serves what is, in the opinion of this writer, the best coffees in Vienna and a decent brunch at around EUR 12. The fussy and perhaps exotic feature is the chocolate fountain — definitely enough to entice a visit. However, I found the food on offer a bit inferior to the quality of the coffee.

I’ve found a few more, but they aren’t worth mentioning here and this, dear readers, is where I ask you: what is the finest brunch in Vienna?

9 Comments so far

  1. Philipp (unregistered) on June 9th, 2006 @ 6:55 pm

    For people who define brunch as “a bunch of calories I take in just as the sun rises and I’m ready for sleep”, the Gräfin vom Naschmarkt has always been a center. It’s located in the Linke Wienzeile 14, opens at 4 a.m. and closes at 2 a.m., so you can get a Gulasch and some coffee (A killer mix against any hangover) there pretty much anytime.

    As for classic brunching, the Möbel has a fine selection of cheese, joghurts, bread, meats, marmelades and other usual suspects for a fair price.

    But by far the best breakfast in this city, if there’s any bohemian spirit in you, is the “Phil better” in the phil – an extra strong coffee, a shot of grappa, a lightly toasted Salzstangerl and a cigarette.

  2. scott partee (unregistered) on June 9th, 2006 @ 11:40 pm

    I define brunch as breakfast-like food served after noon on weekend days.

  3. Michael (unregistered) on June 10th, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

    I had brunch at the Café in the Kunsthalle (I forgot its name). Was quite okay, with Kipferl and Croisant, not too expensive, and very pretty :)

  4. Philipp (unregistered) on June 11th, 2006 @ 10:24 am

    As a reminder, the next permanent breakfast is on June 16th.

  5. scott partee (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 12:15 am

    BTW, I have the prices WRONG! Wirr is about €3or €4 more than I said above.

  6. melancolia (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 9:37 am

    i assume every coffeehouse offers “late breakfast, early lunch” even on weekdays. they don’t call it “brunch” per se. they simply call it breakfast. most of them open at 10. and up until 11:30 or so, one can still order this hefty set of meal that comprised of eggs, bread, coffee, even gulasch. and these meals cost not more than 7 euros, drinks included.
    (case example, when a friend visited me last year we went to Point of Sale where i ordered this e-breakfast or something. The Amacord also has the same options.
    by your own definition of brunch, the coffee house in Gloriette at the Schönbrunn used to offer brunch till noon complete with a harp player in the background. but that was three years ago. it was very nice, buffet-style that sold during the weekends. one could choose from the wide array of meals presented on the huge table.

  7. Ryan Little (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 6:44 pm

    For an extravagent brunch, try the cafe at the top of the hill at Schloss Schoebrunn…I can’t remember what it is called and haven’t lived in Vienna for over two years, but they have a wonderful selection and there is nothing better than sitting outside looking over the whole city on a beautiful Sunday morning/afternoon in the summer. It’s pricey, around 20 euros if I remember correctly, but worth doing at least once a summer.

  8. Tony (unregistered) on June 13th, 2006 @ 10:47 am

    Other places to try:

    Kulin in the 7th district
    Mariott Hotel on the Parkring

    Brunches I wish they would bring back:

    Schloss Liechtenstein: that’s right, years ago (~5) they had this AMAZING themed brunch every Sunday for something like 20 Euros. They would bring out different courses every ~90 minutes and that went on for hours.

    Ra’an: sushi and pancakes – better than it sounds; too bad the restaurant closed…

    Tips for brunch seekers:

    If you go to Falter’s “Wien, wie es isst…”, you can do a search for “Brunch.” Just go to “Suche” and then select “Brunch” and “finden” and you’ll find 62 (62!!!) places doing brunch in Austria, most of which being in Vienna.

  9. richardrj (unregistered) on June 14th, 2006 @ 3:24 pm

    Cafe Wild, on Radetskyplatz in the 3rd district, does a fine brunch at weekends.

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