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Best Pastry in Vienna (Updated)

Hi all-
I just read through an excellent thread from about a year and a half ago regarding pastry shops in Vienna:
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/austria/best-pastry-in-vienna
I'm heading to Vienna next week and my kids are looking forward to eating their way through the city. I'm wondering if there are any updates to that thread-- new must-try places, or ones that were recommended there that are no longer worth a trip. For us it is all about the quality of the food- no ambiance needed. Thanks!

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The best apple strudel we had during our visit to Vienna last month was at Café Korb, Brandstätte 7-9 (close to St. Stephen's).

We also enjoyed Café Diglas on Fleischmarkt, they had different pastries every day. We had planned on trying a different place for breakfast every morning, but we ended up going there every day, we liked their "Vienna Breakfast"

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Oops, I stand corrected. But cake, torte, pastry - whatever you want to call it, we ate some everyday, good thing we were doing lots of walking.

We were in Café Hummel, got to chatting with the waiter and my husband asked how old the café was, he told us about one hundred years, but that it had now been in the same family for over 80 years.

Also just remembered the delicious "Napoleon" torte we ate at Elvira's, Seidlgasse 39.

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I live near Elvira’s, which is a Ukrainian restaurant. Never been there, but I’ll try to go there sometime.

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For cakes and pastries I prefer Oberlaa (at Neuer Markt [despite the construction site]).

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Just to note that Oberlaa is a chain and has many locations. I find the one at Landstrasse/Mitte to be less crowded. The chocolate mousse cake at Oberlaa (not the sachertorte) is the only chocolate cake I can swallow. I also like the desserts from Aida, also an iconic Viennese chain.

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The treat in our family was when my Vienna-based sister-in-law would bring a torte from Sluka home to Paris, on the overnight train, for the family in France to share. I may be dating myself, but Emily can let us know if Sluka still = quality. I have never seen it on anyone’s list.

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Sluka is still good, especially their hot chocolate.

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he best apple strudel we had during our visit to Vienna last month was at Café Korb, Brandstätte 7-9 (close to St. Stephen's).
We also enjoyed Café Diglas on Fleischmarkt, they had different pastries every day. We had planned on trying a different place for breakfast every morning, but we ended up going there every day, we liked their "Vienna Breakfast" Thank you for great tips! I love the Sacher Kuchen as well and hope to find the best one. I make it myself as well as I am native German and it taste good.

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Thanks for all of the tips and the link. Looking forward to the cakes!

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I was in Vienna a week ago today and asked our local guide if she could point the way to Demel, as we wanted to have a torte and coffee. She suggested we not go there as it's way too touristy. Her recommendation was Cafe Gerstner. I looked at the names of places mentioned in the link that you provided, and the Gerstner cafe is mentioned only once, with this comment: "Cafe Gerstner has the most divine sour cherry strudel (apricot is also good) that their lack of atmosphere makes up for." I completely disagree with the comment about a lack of atmosphere! Our local guide told us to be SURE to go to the third floor, not the second floor. The place was divine--really elegant and beautiful. I know you said "no ambiance needed," but why not have both delicious cake and also a beautiful place within which to enjoy it? A slice of cake (torte) was 5.2 Euro. My coffee drink was excellent. Vienna is a classy city and it was really fun to treat ourselves in this historic cafe, in business for 170 years, a place that used to provide its products to the Imperial Court. It was not at all crowded when we were there. The other people appeared to be local residents, not tourists.

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Agree with @wmt1: Wien Oberlaa in Neuer Markt. Also really liked Cafe Landtmann on the Ring next to the Burg Theater.