Where: Michaelerplatz 2, 1010
The body of this city centre coffeehouse is as old as they come in terms of Vienna coffeehouse, but it’s heart is young. This born-again coffee house sits on the corner of the cobblestoned and horse drawn carriage filled square of Michealerplatz, which means that through their towering arch windows, beautiful street scenes play out. This geriatric coffeehouse was named Griensteidl before a young bunch of creatives got their hands on the place, fitted it with a updated and hipper vibe fuelled pace maker, and renamed it RIEN. Since reopening it’s newly painted doors in September 2017, it sees a melange of visitors pass through them – from tourists, to young hip-type bearded and half-arm tattooed characters, to a suited crowd. The echoey high and arched ceilings will give you a feeling of infinite space, while if you burrow yourself into one of the many red velvet booths, you’ll feel all cosy and warm, like you’re being hugged by a rather large Oma…dressed in all velvet (now there’s a sexy image).
Sipping the quality specialty coffee in this coffeehouse setting will be odd at first, but you’ll get used to it. While the cakes, well, we’re sure we heard ours whisper to us before we shoved another spoonful in our mouths, ‘that’s right, you love it, you’ll be back for more.’