Where can you find the best cake shops in Vienna? While some local coffeehouses offer an impressive selection of desserts, pastry shops specialise in them. My shortlist of the best confectioneries in Vienna presents a mix of the most legendary cake shops like Demel, the most popular with Viennese and the best insider confectioneries in my hometown. I have personally tested them all (best research I have ever done).
Gerstner Salon Privé
Cake shops Vienna. Like Demel, Gerstner is another former Imperial patissier. If you taste their cakes you will know what’s for dessert at the Vienna Opera Ball and numerous Austrian state receptions. There are various outlets throughout Vienna but nothing beats the Salon Privé at Todesco Palace opposite the Vienna State Opera. It is still much less crowded than the outlet in Kärntner Strasse 13-15. Use the exquisite seating at the Beletage as your private Vienna salon. On the ground floor cakes are sold over the counter.
Location: Kärntner Strasse 51, 1010 Vienna;
Opening Times: daily from 10.00 am to 11.00 pm
Cake shops Vienna. The most legendary cake shop draws from its past as the official supplier of cakes to the Imperial court. The almost 230-year-old confectionery breathes old-world elegance throughout its cake shop and the salons in the first floor. You can even watch the confectioners at work through the glass wall in the back.
Would a visit replace the experience of a local coffeehouse? Read my review about Demel Vienna.
Cake shops Vienna. Have a weakness for granny’s cakes? You don’t need a Viennese grandma to enjoy local home mades. At Vollpension (‘full board’), a group of local grandmas take turns in baking and serving their own delicious cakes. My nut and apricot cake was absolutely fabulous, like from my own Viennese mum (who, btw, is a grandma, too). The interiors represent a colourful collection of Viennese vintage, all from local flea markets. And, like at grandma’s, no two pieces of crockery are the same.
Location: Schleifmühlgasse 16, 1040 Vienna (close to Naschmarkt)
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 10pm
Cake shops Vienna. This local pastry shop chain is one of the most popular among the Viennese. Its cakes and confectionery mix traditional and contemporary creations, from Gugelhupf and Punschkrapfen to LaaKronen (macaroons) and blackcurrant cheesecake. The flagship store on Neuer Markt square in the city centre is spacious and fairly simple, but has a nice local buzz. In the spring and summer you can sit in the large sidewalk area with great views of the square. My Punschkrapfen was lovely and just like in my childhood days, little small though (or is it that I have grown up?)
Key Locations: Neuer Markt 16, 1010 Vienna; Naschmarkt 175, 1060 Vienna; Josefstädter Straße 31, 1080 Vienna; Dommayergasse 1/Auhofstrasse 2, 1130 Vienna (Johann Strauss junior used to regularly perform waltzes with his orchestra there);
Opening times: daily, 8am to 8pm (Neuer Markt); Monday to Saturday 9am to 6.30pm; closed on Sundays and public holidays (Naschmarkt); daily 9am to 8pm (Josefstädter Straße); daily, 7am to 10pm (Dommayergasse)
Cake shops Vienna. The secretive sister of Café Diglas hides away in a quiet side street, a few minutes from Stephansdom. Use it for romantic tête-à-têtes, girlie talks, quiet time with your laptop, and above all to sneak into a real insider place in the heart of town.
The cake selection is small but good. All Diglas cakes are made in the proprietary bakery at the back of the Café, and you taste it. Try to get a space in the ‘lipstick box’ (photo).
Location: Fleischmarkt 16, A-1010 Vienna
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm; Saturday 9am to 7pm; Sunday 10am to 7pm;
Cake shops Vienna. Heiner is the kind of pastry shop I take my foreign friends to. It has an excellent and mind-boggling selection of cakes, and the best place to have your original Sacher Torte in a non-touristy environment. You can choose from three differently styled salons on two floors. My favourite is the wood-panelled room with historic photographs on the ground floor (photo). The salon on the first floor boasts vaulted ceilings and large windows from where you can watch street life.
Key Locations: Kärntnerstrasse 21-23, Wollzeile 9 (less crowded), A-1010 Wien
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 7pm; Sunday and public holidays 10am to 7pm (Kärntnerstrasse and Wollzeile)
Simply Raw Bakery
Cake shops Vienna. Do you like healthy food, are vegan but don’t want to skip cakes in Vienna? I recently discovered this enchanting little place in a side street off Am Hof square. Confectioners Gabriele and her daughter Shanna are raw food fans. They managed to create Sacher cubes and mini gugelhupfs entirely from raw, organic, lactose and gluten free ingredients. I had our popular chocolate pudding ‘Mohr im Hemd’ – it tasted different from the real one, somehow richer, and was great. The interiors mix Biedermeier Viennese style with distinctively French elements, very cosy.
Location: Drahtgasse 2/Am Hof, A-1010 Vienna
Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm; closed on Sunday, Monday and public holidays
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