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Vienna is renowned for being a dream destination for sweet-toothed travellers, with its coveted coffee houses serving mouth-watering pastisserie treats, and bakeries on virtually every street corner. Krapfen is essentially the Germanic version of a doughnut – soft outer dough made with yeast, stuffed with a fruity filling of oozing jam or chocolate. Here’s the cream of the crop of krapfen in Vienna.
If the sweet treats at this café were good enough for Empress Sisi, they’re good enough for us. The wonderful spread of traditional petite desserts at Café Demel appear almost too beautiful to be devoured. Almost. Their krapfen, attractively dusted with icing sugar and satisfyingly plump, are expertly crafted, soft and with a juicy, fruity filling. They are also one of the most inexpensive desserts on the menu.
Café Demel, Kohlmarkt 14, Wien, Austria, +43 1 5351717
Felber, a chain of bakeries around the city, serve up a perfectly respectable version of the Viennese doughnut – nice and plump and with silky apricot jam in the middle.
Felber, Wollzeile 23, Wien, Austria, +43 1 256880040
Anker’s krapfen is cheap and cheerful, and the stores can be found in almost every district of the city, meaning you’re never far from a sweet treat.
If you’re on a budget when visiting Vienna, Hofer, one of Vienna’s most popular supermarkets, is where to head to get your krapfen fix. You certainly get your money’s worth – this giant variety costs just 55 cents and comes filled with a yummy apricot jam.
This Turkish bakery, located opposite Vienna’s largest flea and food market, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, meaning your cravings for krapfen can be satisfied at any time of day. Generously sized and always baked fresh, they aren’t a bad choice for a midnight snack.
Filled with the traditional apricot jam, these are generously sized and inexpensive, at €1.10 a pop. Der Mann bakeries can be found dotted all around Vienna.
There are nine Oberlaa cafés around the city, all decked out in the style of traditional Viennese coffee houses. Albeit on the small side, the krapfen are oozing with a deliciously sweet apricot jam. There is also a huge variety of tea and coffee to accompany your sweet treat.