Cakes, tortes and chocolates: around the Goldenes Quartier, fashion fans aren’t the only ones who will easily get their money’s worth – those of you with a sweet tooth won’t be short-changed either. Here are five locations where you can restock your sugar supplies.
Café Am Hof
We are captivated by the boutique coffee house on the ground floor of the Park Hyatt Vienna, mostly because of its charming flair, inspired by the Viennese coffee house culture of the 19th century. The homemade marble cake and the truffle chocolates are an absolute must for those with a sweet tooth. Mingled with the scent of freshly brewed coffee, we simply can’t resist any sweet temptations here.
Only a few hundred metres away lies the Café Central. This traditional café in the Palais Ferstel has been a popular meeting place for over 140 years – and not just for coffee drinkers. The mere sight of the sweet creations by head patissier Manuela Radlherr makes our mouths water. Whether it’s a traditional apple strudel or her own chocolate inventions. Our favourites: Nusskuss (“nut kiss”: hazelnut cake with a chocolate topping) and Himbeer-Harmonie (“raspberry harmony”: raspberry and chocolate torte) – a dream!
Confiserie Altmann & Kühne
Chocolates – as far as the eye can see! At this sweet shop on the Graben we are spoilt for choice. Make sure you try the Liliput-Konfekte (Lilliputian confections) that the confectionery sells in 16 varieties – from pistachio marzipan balls to classic nougat cubes. If the Lilliputian format is too small for your liking, then why not try their große Geschwister (larger siblings)? We finally opted for one of their Naschkästchen (sweetie boxes), which are small trunks, boxes and chests of drawers filled with a selection from the shop’s entire range.
Wiener Schokolade König Leschanz
In this small Viennese family business (translated: Viennese Chocolate King) in the former K.u.K. Knopfkönig (Imperial Royal Button King), craftsmanship is as important today as it has ever been. Chocolatier Wolfgang Leschanz has been producing tortes, chocolates and confections according to old Viennese tradition for over a decade. The Sachertorte (chocolate cake) in a wooden box is especially worth a try – and makes an ideal present, too. Buttons, by the way, are still on sale – though they are now exclusively available in finest whole milk, dark or white chocolate.
Simply Raw Bakery
For something rather more modern, head to the Simply Raw Bakery on Drahtgasse. Their cakes and pastries are vegan, gluten- and lactose-free. Because they are raw and plant-based. Which means they can get by without flour, eggs, dairy produce and sugar. And as the ingredients aren’t heated to more than 42 degrees Celsius during the baking process, all of the vitamins and minerals remain intact. That might sound like it takes some getting used to, but it does taste great!