Cafe Neko: Vienna, Austria
Address: Blumenstockgasse 5, 1010 Wien
Phone: +43 1 5121466
Hours: Daily 10:00-20:00
Entrance Fee: No
Silence is Not Golden: Review of Cafe Neko
Vienna is filled with living history. Sights like Schonbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Opera House showcase the royalty, religion and music that have enriched the city for centuries.
History is one of those things-- either you love it or you don't. While I'm a fan, I know many folks don't find it their cup of tea.
Interestingly, Cafe Neko is a lot like Vienna.
As I approached the cafe, I was impressed with where it is situated, right in the center, inside a beautiful and typically Viennese building. When I entered, I was further impressed by the vast arched ceilings, with my immediate thought being that it felt like a former church or museum.
In keeping with the church/museum atmosphere, it was dead quiet. Unlike most cafes, there was no music and despite three other tables being occupied, no one spoke. After a few minutes, an older woman slowly made her way over to me with a menu. Awkwardly, I broke the silence by ordering a latte, but then it returned to tomb-like stillness.
I could see a few cats spread about the room, so decided to investigate. There were five fur babies and most were sleeping, but over the hour I spent there, awakened and roamed the room. While not overly social, they seem loved and well-cared for.
My latte was fine, but considering the famed cafe culture in Vienna, I couldn't help but feel there were more delightful cups of coffee to be had.
Cafe Neko is beautiful like Vienna and some people may enjoy it, but the lack of coziness/happy buzz created an atmosphere that, even with cute kitties, left me cold.
Date Visited: 9/18/17