The aim of this diploma thesis is to investigate the emergence of Viennese Coffeehouses in New York during the 1930s and 1940s. Due to the politics of the National Socialists in Germany, the people, who were declared Jews, were traced and forced to leave their home countries. As the Nazi-regime started to spread over Europe the refugees sought for asylums outside Europe. The United States was one of the few countries accepting immigrants, which subsequently became a favored exile. In the USA many refugees decided to stay where they first landed, in New York. During the 1930s and 1940s the refugees from Germany and Austria formed New Yorks streets through the businesses they established. A special form of which were the Viennese Coffeehouses like the “Café Vienna” or the “Café-Konditorei Éclair”. This certain form of the coffee shop was deeply connected to the Austrian culture and had next to nothing to do with America. Anyways, starting in 1937 numerous Viennese Coffeehouses were opened on New Yorks Upper West Side, in Yorkville or Washington Heights. The cafés represented a long gone time and therefore they took on a special role in the community of the German-speaking Jewish immigrants. Besides being a meeting point for refugees, the coffee house was able to establish a connection to the peoples former homelands, which they were forced to leave. Additionally the Viennese Coffeehouses hosted shows, in which famous Austrian and German refugee artists performed. With the cabaret shows the performers brought their old homes to New York and thereby helped the refugees accommodating to their new lives. For a few years the Viennese Coffeehouses served as a cultural enclave. However, with the gradual integration of the immigrants into the American society the cafés lost their significance. Hence, the Viennese Coffeehouses in New York stopped existing with the beginning of the 1950s.