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Vienna's Best Spots for Dessert

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Vienna and cake go together like peas and carrots – the city could aptly be named Europe’s capital of desserts. Modesty isn’t considered necessary here when it comes to cake, with many slices paired with a giant swirl of cream or drowned in vanilla sauce. Apple strudel isn’t a bad place to start, but, there are many other wonderful treats besides the staple options. Make like a true Viennese native and immerse yourself in coffee culture.  



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 Demel appear almost too beautiful to be devoured. Almost. The grand atmosphere will make you feel like royalty.

Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Wien

Dainty treats at Demel | © Demel / Demel

Dainty treats at Demel | © Demel


Specialising in ice creams, lassis and smoothies, Vidoni says that their philosophy is to create desserts that are full of character. Relying purely on honest, organic ingredients, this place serves ice creams that are bursting with flavour and zest. Choose from exciting and experimental flavours such as Earl Grey, peanut, orange saffron and raspberry violets. Vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free options are also available, so nobody misses out.

Österreich, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 2C, 1030 Wien

Cafe Schwarzenberg

Highly recommended for its reputation of having the best Sachertorte in town, this historic café is totally devoted to continuing Vienna’s reputation for hospitality and coffee culture. Inside Cafe Schwarzenberg feels like a time capsule, preserving the values of Viennese hospitality. This is the perfect place to relax and indulge in something devilish.

Kärntner Ring 17, 1010 Wien

Cafe Landtmann

Legend has it, the Kaiserschmarrn (Emperor’s Mess) came into existence back in Imperial times when, once upon a time, Emperor Francis Joseph I was travelling through the Alps and decided to stop by a farm for something to eat. The farmer who he called upon was so nervous on being unexpectedly visited by royalty, that he scrambled the pancake – to hide the mess, he smothered it in berry jam. The Emperor was very impressed and it became his favourite dish. Cafe Landtmann, where Sigmund Freud was allegedly a regular, serve one of the best versions –  beautifully light batter and fluffy with a sharp sauce on top.

Universitätsring 4, 1010 Wien

Cafe Diglas Wollzeile

The marshmallow pink façade of this restaurant is a charming complement to the sweet treats on offer at Cafe Diglas. The desserts are delivered daily, made in the cafe’s 140-year-old bakery in the Fleischmarkt, and the staff say they are still created using ‘Grandma Diglas’ recipe.’  A charming and lively atmosphere makes this a popular haunt for locals and tourists, who delight in the traditional Austrian cuisine. Kick back with a strong cup of coffee and apple strudel and allow yourself to be soothed by the classical piano music that is played in the evenings.

Wollzeile 10, 1010 Wie

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Brass Monkey

Brass Monkey doesn’t conform to the conventional cake-making traditions of Vienna, straying away from the old by serving delicate and delicious cupcakes instead. With the option of having your coffee made with oat milk, vegans will love this place. The peanut butter and blueberry cupcakes are particularly wonderful.

Gumpendorfer Str. 71, 1060 Wien

Café Mozart

What better way to celebrate the famous composer’s legacy than with delectable desserts? Café Mozart opened in 1794, three years after Mozart’s death and became a popular haunt for writers, artists and actors during the Biedermeier era. It was the venue where Graham Greene wrote the screenplay of ‘The Third Man.’ Café Mozart feel so passionately about spreading the joy of apple strudel, they run a course in baking the famous Austrian dessert. Get a lesson in the art of strudel from a master of pastry.

Albertinaplatz 2, 1010 Wien