The Kaffeehaus, also known as the “Austrian Cafe”, is close to the Theatre of São Carlos and is self defined as das osterreichische lokal in Lisbon. Founded in 2008 by two Austrian friends, it is a Viennese café-restaurant, in a tertúlia (a gathering to discuss philosophy, politics, art) spirit, which is fed by numerous cultural references, with many books at your disposal. A small terrace at the entrance door helps those who enjoy fresh air or like to smoke. For those looking just for a relax moment, references are the hot chocolate (served as a glass of warm milk and a chocolate bar, to be mixed by the customer) and coffee with whipped cream, which may be accompanied by an assortment of cakes, where the king is the sachertorte, a chocolate cake with two layers of chocolate dough and a black chocolate frost and the queen is the apfelstrudel, an apple pie pastry filled with raisins.
For those who want a full meal, your best bets are the traditional Austrian dishes such as breaded pork fillet with potato salad or stew beef. The menu includes light meals such as salads and sandwiches. To drink, there are a variety of cocktails, beers and wines as well as an exotic ginger lemonade. On Sundays, the Kaffehaus serves a brunch that attracts many costumers, so it is best to book a table. The service is friendly and swift and it is best to park the car in the underground parks that are close by (at Praça de Luís de Camões and at Rua do Almirante Pessanha). The Kaffeehaus is closed on Mondays and closes at 8 p.m. on Sundays. However, on Fridays and Saturdays it is open until 2 a.m.