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From chic and classy, to kitsch and cool, to traditional Viennese-style cafés – here are some of the best coffee houses and coffee shops in the capital of Tirol, Innsbruck.
Bakery, Cafe, Austrian, Tea , $$$
Cake at Café Katzung | Courtesy of Café Katzung
Formally decorated with antique-style paintings, white tablecloths and a modern edge, Café Katzung is a true gem. The menu features a decent range of traditional Austrian desserts – including apple strudel, Sachertorte and kaiserscharm. Located in the Old Town, the outdoor seating area is a great little spot for people-watching and admiring the glittering Golden Roof – one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, which stands a few doors down from the café.
This funky, modern café cites itself as ‘the Godfather of brunch in Innsbruck‘ – serving local, homemade food that will keep you fueled all day. The omelette selection is particularly generous, with lots of veggie options, including the intriguingly named Hell’s Omelette – topped with Austrian mountain cheese, onions and chili and accompanied by an organic bread basket. They source their coffee from Italy, and have soy milk available for lactose-free visitors.
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Impressive latte art is one of the highlights of this modern and forward-thinking café. The staff are passionate about their craft, opting against industrial coffee and importing their beans from across the globe and roasting them directly in the store. The results are a delicious and rich flavor. Expert advice is available and there are some specialized accessories to pick up as well – such as coffee filters and pots.
This specialty café and bistro is part of the ‘third wave coffee shop’ generation – a movement aiming to break away from the antiquated, conservative Viennese kaffee houses. The interior is relaxed and informal, with mismatched furniture and cozy, cushioned corners where you can curl up with a delicious cappuccino for a relaxed afternoon.
A wide selection of teas and coffees a friendly staff await you here | Courtesy of House of Tea and Coffee
Established in 1999, these tea and coffee connoisseurs are passionate about providing you with a good brew. The shop has a range of delicious and aromatic teas and coffees from around the world. Helpful staff, who are passionate about their craft, are on hand to answer any brewing-related questions you may have. Among the fruitful herbal tea collection, they stock Helmut Sacher’s Viennese Mixture, so you can take a little bit of Austria home with you in coffee form.
An uncomplicated café with a garden, home-brewed coffee and a wide selection of Austrian wines and delicacies. Tastefully decorated inside, with eggshell and blue walls, and vases of blooms on the tables. The desserts are all lovingly home-made, and include a few old favorites, as well as some inventive creations, such as apricot cheesecake, and orange and cinnamon tart.
As you might be able to gather from the name, this is one of the best places in town to try Austria’s dreamy chocolate cake, the Sachertorte. Traditionally decked out in frills, tuxedo-clad waiters and silver trays, the Café Sacher is reminiscent of Viennese coffee houses – institutions of tradition and elegance.
On the opposite side of Innsbruck’s traditional coffee scene, Café Bar Moustache is where to head if you want to experience the city’s younger, edgier atmosphere. The interior is beautifully decorated with palm trees and vintage furniture, and the menu features lots of brunch-style dishes, including many yummy sandwiches and salads. If coffee isn’t your choice of drink, head over in the evening for one of the best cocktails in town.
Located on Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, Maria von Burgund is a friendly, casual café and bar that serves excellent coffee in the daytime and punchy cocktails in the evening. A large outdoor seating area allows for an extended afternoon of people-watching while sipping an espresso.