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A sweet tour: City guide

Austria is famous for its pastry creations, many of which date back to the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This guide to Vienna’s dessert specialities is a particular treat for those with a sweet tooth

City Guide
Paulina Szmydke,

Waldviertler Mohnzelten
Waldviertler mohnzelten or mohnzuzler are a genuinely Austrian delicacy. The best of these little poppy-seed cakes in potato dough are found at Julius Meinl am Graben, where the filling is rich and the crust thin, but crunchy.

Julius Meinl, Graben 19, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 532 3334

Milchrahmstrudel is rarely made today, which is unfortunate as this pastry is as mouthwatering as it is rare. The milchrahmstrudel is multi-layered and filled with sour cream and curd cheese. It was a popular delight during the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Hurry to Café Demel to try one.

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

While the Viennese apfelstrudel is a more common variation of the strudel, getting it right is an art. Café Diglas masters this perfectly. The apples are neither too raw nor too mushy, and the pastry chef does not overload the spices.

Café Diglas, Wollzeile 10, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 512 5765

Café Hawelka is a legend among traditional Viennese coffee shops and so are the buchteln it serves. These sweet dumplings are baked according to the original recipe of the coffee shop’s owner’s mother-in-law, who came from Bohemia.

Café Hawelka, Dorotheergasse 6, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 512 8230

Although Sachertorte is famous the world over, the original can only be tasted at the Hotel Sacher. The hotel’s pastry chefs bake this chocolate sponge cake with apricot filling according to the original recipe devised by Franz Sacher, which is kept locked away in the hotel’s safe.

Café Sacher, Hotel Sacher Wien, Philharmonikerstrasse 4, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 514560

Finally, don’t miss the Kaiserschmarrn, a substantial sweet omelette torn into pieces and served with zwetschkenröster (stewed plums). It’s so rich it’s often served as a main course. The Kaiser loved it, hence the name.

Café Landtmann, Dr Karl Lueger-Ring 4, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 2410 0100



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