Café Eskeles at the Jewish Museum Vienna is open not only to museum visitors but to everyone!
Our café offers a range of Mediterranean, Israeli, and Jewish dishes – without meat.
Various snacks are served in the mornings, rounded off by fresh drink creations: tropical smoothies, mango lassi, or mint lemon lemonade.
A lunch menu and Mediterranean and Israeli specialties are offered from around 12 noon, served, if you wish, with Israeli beer or kosher wine from Israel or Weingut Hafner.
Finest home-made desserts, cakes and confectioneries are also available at Café Eskeles. You can enjoy delightful kosher chocolates, petit fours, and cakes from Schneor Zivion. Fans of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream are also catered for.
Where does the name Eskeles derive from?
Bernhard (Berusch) Freiherr von Eskeles (1753–1839) was born in Vienna as the son of a rabbi. In 1773 he founded with his brother-in-law Nathan Arnstein the banking house Arnstein and Eskeles. He later became a consultant of Emperor Joseph II. and Francis II. For his generous funding, he was elevated to the knights and barons. In 1816 he co-founded the Austrian National Bank and was involved in the founding of Österreichische Spar-Casse.
Eskeles was married to Cecilia, born Itzig, the sister of Fanny von Arnstein. From 1823 - 1827 the palace at Dorotheergasse 11 was in possession of the banking house Arnstein and Eskeles. Bernard of Eskeles was buried at the Jewish Cemetery Währing.