The Naschmarkt is a magnet for tourists to Vienna and within a short walk of the market is one of the city’s most famous shopping streets Mariahilferstrasse. Both tend to be bustling, crowded, noisy places with plenty to see as well as opportunities for a coffee and food. However, situated between these two is the Cafe Sperl, another of my favourite coffeehouses, offering a more peaceful atmosphere in which to refresh and regroup before throwing yourself back into the fray that is the shops and market.
Although in the classic Vienna Coffeehouse mould Cafe Sperl also includes, oddly, two pool tables and a piano (the latter actually begin used for musical entertainment on occasions I understand, rather than simply providing decoration). Naturally the coffee is of the quality you would expect and they also have a rather good light meal menu. The coffeehouse provides free Wi-Fi and for the English and I noted on my most recent visit copies of the Times to read.