Where: Schleifmühlgasse 16, 1040
When I think of my Oma, I think of the fine cord braids at the bottom of her green suede lamp that I couldn’t keep my fingers away from, and her fabulous Powidlkipferl (small croissant-shaped pastry filled with plum marmalade).
A whole bunch of different, very elaborate cake and cookie creations were part of her repertoire. Very early on, I figured that Omas have magical baking powers.
Oma, or Omi, means granny in German, and is a very intimate term to call your grandmother. At Vollpension, a comfy café in Vienna’s 4th district, Omas are the bakers and the characters of the place. And while offering plates filled with cake and pastry art, they also fill you with that inexplicable warm homey-ness feeling they naturally emenate. The varieties of cakes served up here depends on which Oma is baking that day – each have their own specialty. One things for sure though, you're cake cravings won't be dissappointed.
The atmosphere is made up of couches, random framed photos on the wall, bare brick and neon signs – it's a very comfy place to stuff yourself with cake.
Where: Siebensterngasse 58, 1070
Sun & Public holidays: closed
If you also find yourself this very moment drooling and daydreaming about sweet, sweet desserts, you better get down to the café Strudls – here you'll find some of the tastiest, and prettiest tarts and strudels in the city! They call the pastry chef preparing each individual piece himself, the strudel king. Well, they don't really. But they should. Every time we enter this small café, we fall silent mid-conversation and our eyes stick to the variety of strudels and tarts lined up behind a well-lit cabinet.. Strudls' serves up a traditional strudel, and it's own beautiful in-house creation. The house creation adds a special twist to this all-time favourite as it is served in the form of a pastry nest filled with fresh fruit and nuts. Served beautifully on a wooden board, a small mason jar filled with an exquisite home-made vanilla sauce accompanies it.
The selection of tarts – including a cheesecake and a lemon tart that deserves a minute of silence after every bite – are just as outstanding in flavour as the strudels.The mind behind Vienna’s Brass Monkey is a real whizz-kid: Athina Zoi is both a qualified mining engineer and sculptor, has started studying architecture, while she also makes a mad coffee, and bakes killer cupcakes for a living. At Brass Monkey, they serve up heavenly, creamy vegan-friendly cupcakes. It’s really a no-brainer why this place receives so much love from the people: the compact dimensions instantly make for a homey feeling, with the unusual mobile of old-school lamps hanging from the white ceiling, filling the room with a warm glow. The counter, fitted with Moroccan tiles, faces the large wooden table that encourages food and conversation with new friends to be shared. But all of this is just a setting to devour the creamy, buttery beauty that lies within the display cabinet – their cupcakes and cakes. You'll dream about the toppings of these cute little cake creations long after you've devoured them... in a matter of minutes....without even pausing to chew.
Where: Gumpendorfer Straße 71, 1060
Where: Gumpendorfer Straße 71, 1060
Where: Türkenschanzstraße 2, 1180
Opening times: Mon–Fri: 8am–6pm
We have a severe case of food crush on this place. Stepping into the store/cafe, 12 Munchies, you're greeted by a grandma’s pantry full of homey details. There's four old cushioned chairs, retro little tables, old biscuit tins hanging on the walls, drawers turned into displays for hard-to-find imported goods like crisps, sweets and snacks from the UK and US. But it's the stacks of cakes, pies, scones, tarts, and other sweet whatnots we've come here for. If you listen closely, you can even hear them call your name. On the other hand, that may just be my stomach barking. They're world reknowned (ok, perhaps until Vienna's city limits) for their cheescake brownies, muffins and bannana bread.
They pride themselves on baking everything themselves, and never compromising on ingredients.
Where: Favoritenstraße 7, 1040
Sat & Sun: closed
In their former lives, the owners of Guerilla bakery, Sarah, Vanessa and Isabel, were guerilla fighters. Skilled in the martial arts of sugar and flour, their talents were forged in the fire of a thousand ovens. In 2011, operating in stealth mode under the radar of regulatory framework, they started to sell their homemade baked goods to strangers roaming their old building apartment every Sunday. And they fittingly dubbed their operation, 'Guerilla Bakery.'
Their motto is "Fuck the Backmischung" (cake mix), and the three sisters are fucking the Backmischung to this day ... wait a second, that came out wrong. We mean they're living up to their motto to this day. They now spend their days creating a selection of cakes the masses go crazy for in their cafe that hosts the perfect cosy atmosphere for coffee and cake conversations. There's also a beautiful inner courtyard garden where summer cake eating can be done.
tart' a tata
Where: Lindengasse 35, 1070
If you haven’t been to the French Pâtisserie, tart’a tata before, we strongly advise you to prepare for your first visit by tucking a napkin into your shirt collar. Or by dressing in a plastic poncho. The dainty, hand-crafted, and neatly presented chocolatey and sweet tarts, eclairs and other pimping pastries will have your mouth watering, no matter if you’ve just eaten a entire cow on the way there. You won’t be able to help yourself – expect disgusting gaping of the mouth and slobbering. They’ve installed windscreen wipers on their patisserie cabinet as it’s become a regular occurrence here (warning: slight exaggeration present).
The display case is filled with everything that a wet dream made in France would contain: Éclair, Pain au chocolat, Tarte au Citron, Mille-feuille, Brioche, Feuille abricot, Tarte aux pommes – all made by a professional pâtissier from France .
We tried the tarte au citron – our lips pursed like a homophobic’s bum in a gay club from the citrus tang, and the pastry is deliciously buttery.
Where: Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien
This place gets lines out the door of tourists waiting for a seat in the city's most famous coffeehouse, Cafe Central, and while that may seem like as big as a turn off as somebody picking a unidentifiable object out of their bellybutton and smelling it, if you're craving quality cake, get your ass in line and wait. We don't give a fuck how touristy this place is, the cakes are incredible. Every one of them is a work of art, and are bursting with flavours. And there are dozens of pro' pastry chefs working from early in the morning until night preparing them. The Klimt surprise looks like something Klimt would paint, and harbours flavours that live up to its looks. Being a place where tourists flock to, they also have the Austrian classic sweets, like apple strudel and Punschkrapfen, while there are new house creations every time we visit (which is often, being the cake addicts we are). We'd suggest beating the crowds and enjoying this very special place in quiet, like it was before it got a serious case of tourist constipation, in the early morning - just in time for some cake for breakfast.
Rori's finest sweets
Where: Pilgramgasse 11, 1050
This sweet little place in the 5th district is serving up sweet little sweets, as sweet as sweet can be. We're sorry. We ate too much cake upon our visit. Biscuits, pies, cakes and cupcakes match the sickly sweet pink of the wall. There's also a few French pastisserie classics that have found themselves into Rori's cake collection, with the eclair being a favourite amongst many regulars. We're also fans of the Pistachio cookies and the vibrant fruit cakes. The owner Rochel spent a bit of time in France learning the arts of the French pastisserie, and this is evident in the taste.
Pure Living Bakery
Where: Altgasse, 1130; Burggasse 68, 1070
This place (both the original in the 13th district and the younger 7th district version) were given birth to by a cake and coffee lover. In both locations, the shabby chic beach cafe look comes with comfy couches and newspaper clippings from seaside towns plastered all over the place. There's a lineup of cakes - including cheesecake and dark chocolatey goodness - on the counter that you won't be able to resist, even if you only came for coffee, breakfast or ice cream. The menu and the whole place is inspired by the good ol' US of A. It's almost like a Starbucks in disguise. The sugar content is high here, and so are the prices. Oh, and they make you work for your cake, as it's self-service.
Fett & Zucker
Where: Hollandstraße 16, 1020
Sat & Sun: 11am–9pm
This cosy little pastel coloured place is not shy about trumpeting what it's good at – making cakes. Fat and sugar is it's name, and that is exactly what is its game. It's motto is – 'cake makes you happy,' and this is exactly what we plan to get written on our gravestone. They always have a different range of cakes passing through here, all being very tasty. You can be sure you're in safe hands when the place your going to for cake is dedicated to fat and sugar. Beware: there's only limited seating.