Altmann & Kühne miniature pralines
Altmann & Kühne bring millimetre precision to the table. This Viennese chocolate manufacturer, which launched in 1928 and has not deviated from the original recipes that have brought international success, makes miniature pralines just a few millimetres in diameter. All formed by hand, adorned with tiny pearls and stored in divine little boxes based on the original designs of the Wiener Werkstätte artists, they could easily compete for attention with a handful of Tiffany’s gems.
Altmann & Kühne, Graben 30, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 533 0927
Schokov raspberry cheese
If you’re seeking sophistication for your chocolate cabinet, turn to Schokov. This luxurious address is your one-stop shop for sweet elegance. Its extraordinary selection is imbued with a character rare in the age of mass production. Schokov’s mission is combining contemporary design with unforgettable flavour. Among the Austrian highlights, try a chocolate-raspberry cheese creation by Berger and some memorable delights featuring rose petals and fresh mint leaves enrobed in chocolate from the house of Bachhalm.
Schokov, Siebensterngasse 20, 1070 Vienna, +43 (0)664 8851 3145
Xocolat matcha-mango chocolate
When supermarket chocolate bars become cloying, Xocolat’s rich selection will surely provide maximum impact. This two-storey boutique not only stocks some of the wildest chocolate flavours you will stumble across, it also produces its own. Try matcha-mango, a white chocolate concoction with matcha tea powder and large chunks of dried mango. It catches the eye almost as much as it stimulates the taste buds.
Xocolat, Freyung 2, Passage des Palais Ferstel, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 535 4363
Gerstner caramel truffles
With typically Viennese flair and an outstanding reputation dating back to 1847, Gerstner, a former purveyor to the imperial court, champions the craft of truffle making like no other. These hand-made delicacies are as artful as they are versatile. Among the flavours to discover: Champagne, apricot, peach, coco, caramel or elegant gianduja.
Gerstner, Kärntner Strasse 13-15, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 743 4422
Oberlaa mousse au chocolat à la Viennois
While mousse au chocolat is a French invention, Oberlaa has entirely mastered it in a unique cake form. Not too sweet, not too bitter, with a creamy texture and a glossy coating, this ethereal creation is a good reason to book a couple of extra hours with your personal trainer. After all, your palate also needs proper exercise.
Oberlaa, Neuer Markt 16, 1010 Vienna, + 43 (0)1 5132 9360