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Café Sperl

Café Sperl

A little tucked away from Ringstraße – an avenue leading ringlike around the inner city of Vienna that is lined with several of the most famous sights of the city – at Gumpendorfer 11 lies historic Café Sperl. This animated street is just a stone throw away from shopping street Mariahilferstraße and MuseumsQuartier in one direction and Naschmarkt on the other side. While other cafés and bars around here such as phil, Topkino, Lebemann & Hirn are young and hip places, Sperl stands out as the classy instution. The building was erected in 1880 in the Rinstraßen-style, a certain variety of Historism in Vienna, by Jakob Ronacher, but soon after handed over to Family Sperl. The café soon made itself a name for the variety of artists and k.u.k. military that assembled here to have a cup of coffee with kindred spirits. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, architect Joseph Maria Olbrich, painter Koloman Moser and composer Franz Léhar among others became frequenters. No wonder that later owners of listed Café Sperl kept its original well-established name. Like other high profile Wiener Kaffeehäuser Sperl is not a low-budget option. Yet it is an advisable spot for everyone interested in experiencing the sentimental ambiance of what Wiener Kaffeehauskultur is all about. Though Sperl is no longer the hub for the art scene, some nowadays-writers still tend do go there.

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