This is, hands down, my favourite cafe in Vienna. It may not be as chic and famous as "Sacher" or "Demel", but it has a certain, authentic Vienna-coffee-house atmosphere which you almost don't find anymore as simple, down-to-earth coffee houses are replaced either by generic, huge chains (horrible and overpriced) or sterile, modern "lounges". Cafe Markusplatz is THE PERFECT coffee house to come to if you would like somewhere comfortable, warm and cosy to sit down and read a book in, flip through a newspaper of magazine, sketch or make notes. Before I knew what it was called I used to, fondly, call it "the train cafe", because it's booths make it seem like you're sitting in a 19th Century train compartment, on your way to great adventure, enjoying the scenery ... which brings me to my next point: great, great place for people watching! Typical older ladies in feather hats, posh young Viennese men, bearded intellectuals... the walls are decorated, as typically in Viennese coffee houses, with advertisements for museums, art shows and book readings, and fresh newspapers are readily available for all to read and enjoy every day. Cafe Markusplatz is more than just a coffee house (serving, it has to be said, very good coffee and homemade Viennese cakes - also, nice lunch menu with soups, main courses and wine/beer list) - it's a hidden gem. Thank you for the many happy visits there - I look forward to many, many more.
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