Best places to eat cake in old Vienna

Eight of the best places to eat cake in old Vienna. Baking cakes is a long held tradition of Austria and Vienna has become famous for particular tortes and the coffeehouses and cafés they are served in. This grand and elegant city is devoted to all things sweet.

I’ll teach you the traditional cakes of Vienna and, most importantly, the best place to eat Sachertorte in Vienna. Sachertorte is the most famous cake of all. I’ll share with you all my top coffee shops, bakeries and cafés that serve the best cake in the older areas of Vienna.

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Eight of the best places to eat cake in old Vienna. Baking cakes is a long held tradition of Austria and Vienna has become famous for particular tortes and the coffeehouses and cafés they are served in. The city is devoted to all things sweet. I'll teach you the traditional cakes of Vienna and, most importantly, the best place to eat Sachertorte in Vienna. Sachertorte is the most famous cake of all...

 

Before we start talking about the best places to eat cake in Vienna, you really should know the names of some traditional cakes to look out for…

Traditional cakes of Vienna

 

The Austrian tradition of baking cakes goes back through centuries. Towns and cities would compete to produce the finest. Even in villages, bakeries would try to produce better cake creations than each other.

Now pretty much every Austrian city has a trademark cake.

  • The most famous, and one I learnt at pastry school, is the Sachertorte, a rich chocolate cake topped with an apricot glaze and chocolate glaze.
  • Punschkrapfen (‘punch-cake’) is a bit gaudy looking and very sweet. They are small squares are made up of layers of cake crumbs, nougat, chocolate and apricot jam.
  • Mozart-torte is a cake named after the famous classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who came from the Salzburg area. Expect layers of chocolate, pistachio and marzipan.
  • Esterhazytorte is named after a diplomat of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Generally, it consists of buttercream infused with liqueur sandwiched between very thin layers of almond or hazelnut meringue dough (similar to macaroons) and topped with a white fondant icing with a distinctive chocolate pattern on top. The sides of the cake are covered in nuts, usually flaked almonds.
  • Dobostorte is everywhere. There are layers and layers of very thin cake and chocolate buttercream. The cake is often wrapped with more buttercream and chopped walnuts on it’s side and has a layer of caramel on top.

 

Best places to eat cake in old Vienna

 

Hotel Sacher – Café Sacher Wien

 

I'll teach you the traditional cakes of Vienna and, most importantly, the best place to eat Sachertorte in Vienna. Sachertorte is the most famous cake of all. I'll share with you all my top coffee shops, bakeries and cafés that serve the best cake in the older areas of Vienna.
Hotel Sacher.

 

This is one of the most famous and best places to eat cake in old Vienna and is one of Vienna’s most stylish venues. The queues are long though so expect to wait.

TOP TIP: Check with the concierge at your hotel to see if you can queue jump. We asked if our concierge could make a booking on our behalf and were told to head to the main entrance and say the name of our hotel. They took us round the back and we got seated straight away! Sorry to everyone who queued x

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Hotel Sacher.
Dining room.

 

This the THE place to try the Sachertorte because the original was invented here. Original Sacher-Torte has been the most famous cake in the world since 1832 and the original recipe remains a well-kept secret of the Sacher hotel.

The dining rooms are very quiet, possibly because the Sachertorte, which most people come here to eat, is rather filling.

Service is friendly and efficient.

 

I'll teach you the traditional cakes of Vienna and, most importantly, the best place to eat Sachertorte in Vienna. Sachertorte is the most famous cake of all. I'll share with you all my top coffee shops, bakeries and cafés that serve the best cake in the older areas of Vienna...

 

The waiters and waitresses are dressed in a traditional black and white uniform.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Serving Sacher Cake.
Waitress in traditional uniform.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Waitress In Hotel Sacher Dining Room.

 

Try the Sacher coffee for the whole experience. It comes with the Original Sacher liqueur, whipped cream and a piece of Sacher chocolate. If you go on a cold day, be aware that your coffee will get cold very quickly with the copious amount of cream on top!

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Sacher Coffee.
Sacher coffee.

 

Best places to eat cake in Old Vienna. I'll teach you the traditional cakes of Vienna and, most importantly, the best place to eat Sachertorte in Vienna. Sachertorte is the most famous cake of all. I'll share with you all my top coffee shops, bakeries and cafés that serve the best cake in the older areas of Vienna.
The original Sacher cake.

 

The Sacher cake is really lovely – the apricot jam is wonderful. But actually, we both preferred this Sacher Punch Dessert, which is definitely still a cake. It is richer, boozier and denser (yummier).

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Sacher Cake In Hotel Sacher.
Original Sacher Punch Dessert.

 

Sacher Café

Philharmonikerstrasse 4,

A-1010 Vienna

 

A. Gerstner

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. A. Gerstner.
A. Gerstner cake counter.

 

This is the shop and restaurant of one of Vienna’s greatest pastry and chocolate makers. In the 170 years Gerstner has provided it’s sweet delights to the highest levels of Vienna’s society.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Dining Upstairs In A. Gerstner.
Upstairs dining.

 

There are tables just upstairs from the store which are fairly casual, there’s even a table half way up the stairs, if you love people watching.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. I'll teach you the traditional cakes of Vienna and, most importantly, the best place to eat Sachertorte in Vienna. Sachertorte is the most famous cake of all. I'll share with you all my top coffee shops, bakeries and cafés that serve the best cake in the older areas of Vienna...

 

Posh and elegant dining can be found in the dining room but we opted for a casual bite. There is nothing casual about the cakes, however. The banana and passion fruit one was exceptional.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Perfect Cakes.
Banana and Passion fruit torte.

 

It is one of my very favourite places to eat cake in old Vienna.

 

Gerstner

Kärntner Str. 51,

1010 Wien

 

 

L’ Heiner

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. L'Heiner.
L. Heiner.

 

This small and simple looking compared to other more opulent interiors. But despite it’s easy going sweet treats there is no denying the quality of the traditional pastries and cakes on offer here.

It is a family run business and the art of baking these sweet treats has been in this family for generations.

They have a reputation for combining the tradition of old Austrian confectionery with the needs of the present.

Therefore, they have tended to make light versions of the traditional favourites and have kept to the original forms.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Traditional Cakes.
Quality traditional cakes.

 

L. Heiner Kärntnerstraße
Kärntnerstraße 21-23
1010 Vienna

 

Grimm bakery

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Grimm Bakery.
Grimm bakery.

 

A friendly little bakery tucked down a little street behind the Jewish geto area. There are only a couple of little tables, but it is worth heading in for some incredibly good down to earth bread, pastries and cakes.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Bread, Pastry and Cakes.
A selection of bread, pastries and cakes.

 

You’ll see a stream of locals stepping in for their fresh bread and choosing an irresistible slice or two of cake.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Strawberry Crumble Cake.
Strawberry crumble cake.

 

Grimm

Kurrentgasse 10,

1010 Vienna

 

Café Central

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Café Central.
Café Central – outside seating.

 

This was once a gathering place for luminaries in art, literature, science and politics including a revolutionary (Trotsky) and a psychoanalyst (Freud).

It is now a cathedral for cake and one of the very best places to eat cake in Vienna.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Patisseries.
Patisseries.

 

Many people choose to eat the excellent lunches served here but the cake takes the limelight.

The atmosphere is buzzing with cheerful waiters twirling through the tables.

 

Eight of the best places to eat cake in old Vienna. Baking cakes is a long held tradition of Austria and Vienna has become famous for particular tortes and the coffeehouses and cafés they are served in. This grand and elegant city is devoted to all things sweet. I’ll teach you the traditional cakes of Vienna and, most importantly, the best place to eat Sachertorte in Vienna. Sachertorte is the most famous cake of all. I’ll share with you all my top coffee shops, bakeries and cafés that serve the best cake in the older areas of Vienna!
A cathedral for cakes.

 

The time-honoured Viennese tradition of artisanal baking is still going strong at Café Central.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Top Quality Cakes.

 

The cakes we chose were absolutely divine!

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Chocolate Layer Cake.
Triple chocolate layers with a hazelnut crunch.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Peanut Bombe.
Peanut Bombe.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Lemon Curd Tart.
Lemon Curd Tart.

 

Café Central
Corner Herrengasse / Strauchgasse
1010 Wien

 

Oberlaa

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Oberlaa.
Oberlaa.

 

This is very popular and is a treasure trove for any one with a sweet tooth. The quality of the cakes are not the highest in this list, but the outside terrace is a pleasant place to rest up and indulge.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Cake Counter.
Made with no artificial colourings or flavours.

 

There is a tremendous choice here though all with the promise of no artificial colourings or flavours.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Cake Choices.
Huge number of cake choices.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Chocolate And Lemon Cake.

OBERLAA – Stadthaus

Neuer Markt 16

1010 Vienna

 

Demel

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Demel.
Demel.

 

Oosing in old grandeur style and finesse, excellent cakes have been served here since 1786. There is some seating outside on a pleasant street making this one of my best places to eat cake in old Vienna.

 

Eight of the best places to eat cake in old Vienna. Baking cakes is a long held tradition of Austria and Vienna has become famous for particular tortes and the coffeehouses and cafés they are served in. I’ll teach you the traditional cakes of Vienna and, most importantly, the best place to eat Sachertorte in Vienna. Sachertorte is the most famous cake of all. I’ll share with you all my top coffee shops, bakeries and cafés that serve the best cake in the older areas of Vienna.

 

It has kept its title of ‘Imperial and Royal Court Confectionary Bakery’ even just after the collapse of the monarchy when it was officially forbidden to do so!

At this one, you can watch the Master bakers at work (with their traditional hats on).

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Traditional Cakes Of Vienna.

Demel Konditorei

Kohlmarkt 14

A-1010 Wien

 

Diglas

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Diglas
Diglas.

 

This place is a class act. It’s very elegant inside. Over lunch and through the evening you can relax to subtle piano music.

As far as the cakes are concerned they are served freshly baked from Grandma’s recipes. You will find them on display inside.

 

Best Places To Eat Cake In Old Vienna. Coffee At Diglas.
Frothy Cappuccino.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my best places to eat cake in old Vienna. What’s your favourite place to eat cake?

 

Diglas

Wollzeile 10,

Vienna, 1010

 

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  1. I wrote a similar post about this delicious goodness! You certainly found some other amazing cake shops I haven’t made it to yet! I like the look of A. Gerstner! Cafe Central though will always be my fav!! Pinned! #FarawayFiles

  2. A yummy post! I can’t believe that we ate that much cake 😊 Loved it!
    My favourite was the Lemon Curd tart in Central. But most of all, the best thing was watching your enthusiasm & excitement as we uncovered another Gem! Xxx

  3. Well this is timely! We will be in Austria in October and spending a couple of days in Vienna. The cafes and their cakes all look delicious – there will be no time for any sightseeing 😉 I’ve bookmarked your post so will check at least one of them out! #farawayfiles

    1. Oh, I’m chuffed to bits! I’ll be writing posts on various areas in Vienna so look out for those. You’ll love it, it’s a beautiful city! x

  4. What a fabulous guide to the best places to eat cake in Vienna. I’ve been to Café Central but not to any of the others. Great tip about skipping the queues at the Hotel Sacher too! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us on #FarawayFiles. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    1. Thank you so much Clare! If you’ve been to Café Central, you’ve certainly been to one of the best. Most of the others have a more relaxed, less touristy feel. The Sacher café is a must do one really – although did you know outside the front of the hotel is a little cabin where the hotel sells the Sacher cakes? x

  5. To me, Vienna was a sweet paradise. There was a cafe, bakery or chocolatier in every corner. I got more high on sugar more than one. I really like the details that go into every piece of cake or pastry. It is like you are eating a piece of art! #FarawayFiles

    1. Yes, they have rows of very pretty slices of cake. They really have a passion for confectionary and cakes in particular. It adds an extra dimension to the cities culture, which is so much fun for a cake lover like me!

  6. Maria, I really enjoy this post and it is so timely. My latest post (linked here on #FarawayFiles) talks about my reminiscing of my trip to Vienna, and of course we enjoyed fabulous food on that trip. I love your photos – so decadent 🙂 #FarawayFiles

  7. Oh I can never say No to cakes! We have a Viennese cafe in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and of course, it’s never the same as cafes in Vienna 🙂 But I have tried the Sacher coffee – love the whip cream! I like cafes like Gerstner because of the interior design and ambience – would love to have coffee and cake in Gerstner when I travel to Vienna some day 🙂 #FarawayFiles

    1. So you understand the tradition of Austria and their love for cakes well then! Have you tried the Sacher Punch dessert? I was even better (dare I say) than the original… x

  8. I know I’ve said this before, but I just love your posts and your beautiful images! Each of those cake counters are to die for and the marble in those rooms! They look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    1. Vienna is so beautiful, clean and grand. I couldn’t believe how much pride of place their cakes took within their culture. Fabulous! x

  9. Vienna is definitely on my bucket list of places to visit when I am able to travel to Europe for the first time so I have this in mind to check out the different restaurants and cafes. The cakes looks really good. Now I’m hungry lol. #bloggerclubuk

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