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Austria's best sweet shops


With a rich history of producing fine confectionery and a reputation for devising some of the world’s most complex cakes, Austria boasts an exciting array of traditional sweet shops. Verity Hogan visits a selection of confectioners perfectly placed to satisfy a sweet tooth

Verity Hogan ,

Altmann & Kühne
Altmann & Kühne combines vintage charm with a very modern product selection; set inside a listed building with ornate printed chocolate boxes perched on its curved glass shelves, the interior of this Viennese institution is everything one would expect from a heritage confectioner. Its products are similarly traditional; every individual chocolate is hand-stirred, rolled, filled and decorated. Some of the results are extremely unusual. Don’t miss the neon marzipan treats flavoured with pistachio, orange and lemon.

Altmann & Kühne, Graben 30, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 533 0927

 

Demel
Demel showcases its luxury confectionery against a backdrop of ornately carved doorways, gilded chandeliers and mirrored walls in its opulent Kohlmarkt salon. It’s a suitably prestigious setting for this former royal confectioner; the Empress Sisi was known for her love of Demel’s cases of candied violets. Its chocolate is as sought-after as its sweets; handmade bitter, milk and coffee-flavoured blocks are offered alongside marzipan truffles and rich dark chocolate thins soaked in peppermint.

Demel, Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 5351 7170

 

Konditorei Fürst
Confectioner Paul Fürst invented the famous Mozartkugel sweet in 1890. The ball of green pistachio marzipan, covered in a layer of nougat and dipped in a dark chocolate coating, was named after Mozart, who was born in Salzburg. The recipe remains unchanged to this day and traditional production processes are still used to produce both the classic Mozartkugel and a range of other truffle and chocolate specialities.

Konditorei Fürst, Brodgasse 13, 5020 Salzburg, +43 (0)662 843759

 

Schatz Konditorei
Tucked away in a quiet courtyard, Schatz Konditorei is one of Salzburg’s oldest confectioners, boasting a traditional interior and an array of delights hand-made on site using typically Austrian methods. Schatz offers everything from Sachertorte and Swabian apple pie to strudel, coffee éclairs and strawberries dipped in chocolate and there is a treat here to suit every taste. Don’t miss out on the hand-dipped Mozartkugeln, delicately flavoured and wrapped in bespoke silver and blue foil.

Schatz Konditorei, Getreidegasse 3, 5020 Salzburg, +43 (0)662 842792

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