Where to Get the Best Chocolate in Vienna

A selection of gourmet chocolates
A selection of gourmet chocolates | © meesh / Flickr
Photo of Culture Trip
4 July 2018

It is nearly impossible to take a trip to Vienna without being tempted by sweet confectionery. Like nearby chocolate-adoring Belgium, Austria is a nation known for its undying love of all things sugary. In Vienna, the art of chocolate-making is taken seriously and you can find many handmade delights available throughout the city or even try your hand at crafting it yourself.

Xocolat Manufaktur

Candy Store, Contemporary, $$$

Behind the glass counters of Xocolat in Vienna’s wealthy district of Hietzing, trays of fresh and lovingly made individual chocolates are begging to be tried. Xocolat stocks many of Austria’s most refined varieties of chocolate, as well as the more well-known brands. Workshops are available in English, starting at 95 euros per person, where you can dabble in the art of chocolate-making with the help of an expert in the field.


Candy Store, Contemporary, $$$
A Zotter brand statue | © bogitw / Pixabay

The Willy Wonka of Austria, Zotter is a chocolatier like no other. His ethical fair-trade practices and unique attitude to the creation of the world’s favourite sweet treat have made him somewhat of a national treasure in Austria. The packaging is as dainty as the contents inside and he has experimented with highly unusual combinations for the brave or foolhardy to sample, including cheese, tequila with salt and lemon and raspberry, coconut and trout. If those exotic flavours don’t float your boat, there are more conservative choices available – the marzipan is exceptionally good. Zotter is widely available at most supermarkets around Vienna, including SPAR and Denn’s Organic Supermarket.

Confiserie Heindl

Dessert Shop, Austrian, $$$

Unlike the aforementioned Zotter, Heindl is on the more conventional side of chocolatiers. The company was founded 1953 in Vienna’s 5th district. If wanting to taste a typical Austrian variety, Heindl is a good place to start. Discover the history of chocolate at the museum in the southern suburbs of Vienna and learn all about the cultivation of chocolate – from the 3,000-year-old traditions of the Olmecs to modern-day practices.


Candy Store, Contemporary, $$$
Lindt bunnies are an Easter favourite | © kaboompics / Pixabay

Conveniently located at the entrance of Schönbrunn and Tiergarten (the city zoo), this tiny shop stocks everyone’s favourite Swiss chocolate, Lindt. Not just designed for special occasions (the Lindt bunny and reindeer have become staple Easter and Christmas gifts), the seemingly bottomless troughs baring mountains of multicoloured balls of varying flavours will make you want to dive in head first. The Mozart ball – far better than the name suggests – is a beautiful chocolate sphere filled with delectable marzipan in the centre. Chocolate of the liquid variety is also on offer here, either hot and topped with whipped cream for the winter months or in the form of cold shakes for warmer days.

Schokov in the City

Candy Store, Contemporary, $$$

‘Extraordinary chocolates for extraordinary people’ is this shop’s motto and available to sample are a delightful range of more than 200 organic chocolates with many intriguing flavours such as lavender and olive oil. Tasting evenings are popular at Schokov in the City – guests can enjoy a short and sweet introduction to the art of chocolate-making before embarking on the chance to choose from the generous offerings. With the option of wine being offered alongside the chocolate tasting, it is hard to avoid temptation.

Bonbon et Chocolat

Candy Store, Contemporary, $$$
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Don't miss out on the fresh truffles | © Susanne Nilsson / Flickr

The head chocolatier at this store gave up her life as a teacher in France to pursue a career in chocolate, opening a shop on Vienna’s Gumpendorfer Strasse. The brand in which she crafts her treats with, Kaoka, is exclusive in Vienna to Bonbon et Chocolat and the ingredients she incorporates, including pure cocoa butter, make it both ethical and enjoyable to taste. The Earl Grey white ganache is particularly moreish.

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