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Black and white photo / Interior view of Café Arabia: a long sales counter and display cases, tables and armchairs in front of it, on the ceiling the lettering Arabia + design.
Foto: © ÖNB, Lucca Chmel
Black and white photo / Interior view of Café Arabia: a long sales counter and display cases, tables and armchairs in front of it, on the ceiling the lettering Arabia + design.

Espresso at last! The Café Arabia on Kohlmarkt

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Café Arabia opened in 1951 on Vienna’s Kohlmarkt, in the middle of the city center. It imported the Italian espresso culture into the traditional coffee-making metropolis, which caused heated debates. Equally spectacular was the coffee house’s demise: In 1999 it had to give way to a boutique, which both regular guests and architecture connoisseurs regretted. The history of the café and its founder, the entrepreneur Alfred Weiss (1890–1973), has meanwhile faded into oblivion and is now to be brought back into consciousness.
 
“Arabia” had already been the name of the coffee and tea import company that Weiss took over after the First World War and turned into a successful and popular brand in the interwar period. Joseph Weiss, the well-known graphic artist (creator of the Meinl logo, among others) and friend of Alfred Weiss, designed one of the first corporate identities for him, featuring the distinctive capital "A."
 
In 1938, the company was “Aryanized,” and the Weiss family had to flee. After the Second World War they returned to Vienna. From Italy they brought along what they had seen blossoming there: the new technique for preparing espresso coffee. Weiss managed to get his import company back. The Arabia name became one of the major coffee brands again in the post-war decades.
 
Weiss commissioned the architect Oswald Haerdtl with the design of the espresso café, who realized it as a total work of art.

Venue

Judenplatz Museum Misrachi House

Judenplatz 8
1010 Wien

Current Dates

  • Thu. 26 May 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 27 May 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 29 May 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 30 May 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 31 May 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 01 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 02 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 03 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 05 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 06 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

June

  • Tue. 07 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 08 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 09 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 10 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 12 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 13 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 14 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 15 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 16 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 17 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 19 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 20 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 21 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 22 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 23 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 24 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 26 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 27 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 28 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 29 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 30 Jun 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

July

  • Fri. 01 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 04 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 05 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 06 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 07 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 08 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 10 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 11 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 12 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 13 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 14 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 15 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 17 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 18 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 19 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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  • Thu. 21 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 22 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 24 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 25 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 26 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 27 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 28 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 29 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 31 Jul 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

August

  • Mon. 01 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 02 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 03 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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  • Fri. 05 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 07 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 08 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 09 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 10 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 11 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 12 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 14 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 15 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 16 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 17 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 18 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 19 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 21 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 22 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 23 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 24 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 25 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 26 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 28 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 29 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 30 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 31 Aug 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

September

  • Thu. 01 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 02 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 04 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 05 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 06 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 07 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 08 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 09 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 11 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 12 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 13 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 14 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 15 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 16 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 18 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 19 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 20 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 21 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 22 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 23 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 25 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 26 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 27 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 28 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 29 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 30 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

October

  • Sun. 02 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 03 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 04 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 05 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 06 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 07 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 09 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 10 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 11 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 12 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 13 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 14 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 16 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 17 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 18 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 19 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 20 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 21 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 23 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.