Café Tomaselli

Salzburg's Oldest Coffee House

A Piece of Coffee Culture

Café Tomaselli is one of Salzburg's most famous cafes and also the first and oldest coffee house. Needless to say that the venerable coffee house at Alter Markt 9 on the left side of the old town is considered to be one of the city's great institutions. From students to families, from business men and women to celebrities, Tomaselli is a meeting point for a diverse audience. For a coffee with cake or a lovely breakfast, you should not miss out on a visit at Tomaselli's during your Salzburg holiday.

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From the Beginnings to Today

Café Tomaselli in Salzburg in the evening
Salzburg coffee culture at Café Tomaselli

The traditional coffee house has existed since 1705; it was originally located on Goldgasse and had lots of owners before the Tomaselli family bought it. Rumour has it that a young Mr. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart sipped his almond milk at the former Café Staiger. According to a sign that is located next to the entrance Mozart's widow Konstanze lived here with her second husband, Georg Nikolaus Nissen, after Mozart's death.

In 1852 the cafe was bought by Carl Tomaselli, son of the Milanese tenor Guiseppe Tomaselli, and has been run by the Tomaselli and Aigner families ever since.

Notable Guests

Café Tomaselli has seen many celebrity guests in its history. During the second half of the 20th century the cafe was like a second home for many writers and intellectuals, a place where they could write, read and meet. Some of the notable guests were Leopold Kohr, Heinrich Waggerl, Peter Rosei, Erich Landgrebe, Thomas Bernhard and Bernhard Paumgartner. During Salzburg Festival the Tomaselli is always a meeting point for international stars.

If the weather is nice, the balcony on the 1st floor is always a very sought-after place. From here guests enjoy marvellous views over the Alter Markt square, Hohensalzburg Castle, the kiosk and the famous fountain on Residenzplatz square. Kiosk Tomaselli is also open from May to September.

Opening Hours:


  • Monday to Saturday: 7am-9pm
  • Sundays and holidays: 8am-9pm

During Salzburg Festival

  • Monday to Saturday: 7am-10pm
  • Sundays and holidays: 8am-10pm

Kiosk Tomaselli

  • Monday to Saturday: 11am-6pm
  • Sundays and holidays: 10am-6pm


  • Monday to Saturday: 7am-8pm
  • Sundays and holidays: 8am-8pm

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