Even in a city known for its spacious cafés, Prückel wins the number one prize. Fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and giant mirror panels, this enormous venue along the Ringstrasse owes its inviting midcentury interior to a 1955 refurbishment by architect Oswald Haerdtl (the back section has regained its original Art Nouveau details, but I prefer the front).

Being in the well-off city center (District 1) means that customers are upscale and elegant, but tourists also venture here, as do stylish students from the University of Applied Arts across the street. The food is solid, the newspaper selections include everything from local papers to the New York Times. A classic and authentic Viennese cafe experience.

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