After almost six years in Graz and countless coffee dates in the city, I feel pretty confident in saying that I do know my way around town when it comes to finding the perfect spot for a cosy afternoon coffee and cake date. Today I want to introduce you to five cafés in Graz you absolutely cannot miss.
With more than twenty shops spread evenly around the city, Martin Auer probably is the easiest and safest choice to go for a coffee when in Graz. They serve the most delicious coffee blend and lots of different pastries and baked goods to go with it. My personal favourite is the shop located at Sonnfelsplatz, which only offers paying per card, but has the cosiest atmosphere. Another plus: it is perfect for working there as well, with plenty of electricity plugs and Wi-Fi to accompany your coffee and cake break.
Location: Sonnfelsplatz / Zinzendorfgasse 29
Promenade is my go-to café in Graz when I want to show someone around town. To me, this is one of the most charming coffee houses. In summer it is absolutely beautiful to sit outside and enjoy the crisp summer air while sipping on your latte. In winter, you can sit inside and if you’re lucky and score a seat at the windows you can watch the people walk by while you indulge in their incredible gluten-free chocolate cake and coffee.
Location: Erzherzog-Johann-Allee 1
Located just around the corner of the Karl-Franzens University this café is a hotspot for students. If you want to meet for a cosy coffee with friends I would recommend sticking to university breaks or the weekends, as it usually is crowded during the week. What I absolutely adore there, though, is how convenient this café is for working on the go. It has plenty of space to charge your phone or laptop and you can use the university Wi-Fi without any problem.
Location: Heinrichstraße 29Website: www.facebook.com/sosograz
The Kunsthauscafé is located at the gift shop of the Kunsthaus in Graz, which makes it the perfect place to stop for coffee and cake when you are just visiting the city for a day. They have an amazing dinner and lunch menu as well. Somehow I prefer their breakfast and cakes way more. Another thing I absolutely adore is their complimentary water-bar, where you have free access to fresh tap water during your stay. Absolutely do try the vegan carrot cake, it is incredible!
Location: Südtirolerplatz 2
Ducks has always been – and will probably always be – one of my favourite places to meet friends for coffee and cake in the afternoons. The interior is quirky and fun and the coffee incredibly good. They sell a variety of cake from the “Mehlspeisenfräulein” every day and I have yet to try the other ones because I have fallen in love with the chocolate cake and somehow always order that one. If you want to find out more, I have written a detailed review of this café in Graz a while back. You can read through it here.
Location: Raubergasse 14