Old Town Chocolate Stores, Vienna

Old Town Chocolate Stores (Self Guided), Vienna

Vienna is famous for its love for sweet indulgence. And when it comes to chocolate, it stands tall among other locally-made mouth-watering confections.

Vienna's chocolate scene is deeply rooted in a rich culinary tradition. It has been sustained by several historic chocolate houses, located in the Old Town, that have been serving decadent treats for generations.

Landmark establishments, such as Demel on Kohlmarkt Street and Altmann & Kühne on Graben Street, embrace traditional craftsmanship and showcase exquisite creations, including pralines, truffles, and chocolate-covered fruits. Their regal atmosphere reflects Vienna's imperial past.

Vienna is a hub for artisanal chocolatiers who blend traditional techniques with innovative flavors. These chocolatiers, like Xocolat, infuse creativity into their products, experimenting with unique ingredients and combinations. They often prioritize using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and may offer seasonal specialties to showcase the best flavors of each time of year.

Another iconic confectionery brand, Manner, although primarily famous for its wafer cookies, also produces delicious chocolates. Established in 1890, Manner has a store in Stephansplatz, where you can find a variety of chocolate items, including Manner Neapolitaner, a popular wafer chocolate bar with hazelnut cream.

From traditional chocolatiers with centuries-old legacies to modern boutique shops pushing the boundaries of flavor and design, Vienna offers a diverse range of chocolate experiences. If you wish to immerse yourself in the world of culinary artistry and gastronomic ingenuity, where time-honored tradition meets whimsical elegance, resulting in heavenly chocolate delights that transcend mere confectionery and become a form of art, then wait no longer and embark on this self-guided finger-licking tour!
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Guide Name: Old Town Chocolate Stores
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Manner
  • Altmann & Kühne
  • Leschanz Schokolade
  • Demel
  • Xocolat
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Manner

1) Manner

Manner is a brand of confectionery products under the Austrian conglomerate Josef Manner & Comp AG. This company, established in 1890, manufactures a wide range of confectionery items, including wafers, long-lasting sweets, chocolate-based confections, candies, cocoa, and various seasonal treats.

The most renowned product from this company is the "Neapolitan wafers," which were first introduced in 1898. These wafers are available in packs of ten, each containing hazelnut cream-filled wafers measuring 47 x 17 x 17 millimeters. Originally, the hazelnuts used in these wafers were sourced from the Naples region in Italy, which explains the name "Neapolitan." Remarkably, the basic recipe for these wafers has remained unchanged throughout the years.

The company's logo features an image of Saint Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. This logo dates back to the 1890s when Josef Manner (1865–1947) inaugurated his inaugural store adjacent to the cathedral. An agreement was established between the Archdiocese of Vienna and the Manner Company, allowing the company to use the cathedral in its logo in exchange for providing financial support for the wages of one stonemason responsible for carrying out repair work on the cathedral's structure.

The Manner shop is located next to Saint Stephen Cathedral. There you can find the famous Manner wafers and Mozart balls, both are delicious in taste and great gifts to bring home from Vienna.
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Altmann & Kühne

2) Altmann & Kühne

Altmann & Kühne is a confiserie and chocolaterie in Vienna, Austria, established in 1928. It produces handmade chocolates and bonbons with a special packaging designed by Wiener Werkstätte.

The business, which advertised itself as a supplier to the former Imperial Court, successfully grew during the interwar period. By 1938, Altmann and Kühne was Vienna's fourth chocolatier - a "smaller but upscale producer" trailing after the "big three" of Victor Schmidt, Heller and Küfferle. After the Nazi takeover Emile Altmann and Ernst Kühne, who were Jewish, fled to New York City. But the business survived through the Nazi years and World War II owing to the persistence of one loyal employee, Mrs. Mercek.

Today visitors with a sweet-tooth will be glad to find this shop of tasty souvenirs. Inside the store, the chocolates packages featured modernist designs by the artists of Wiener Werkstätte school.
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Leschanz Schokolade

3) Leschanz Schokolade

Located in the center of Vienna, Leschanz Schokolade is renowned as the city's premier chocolate destination, earning the title of the "chocolate king." This esteemed reputation is well-deserved, thanks to its commitment to originality, top-notch quality, and a diverse range of irresistible treats that captivate both locals and tourists.

Upon entering Leschanz Schokolade, you'll be greeted by a tempting chocolate aroma that immediately captivates your senses, transporting you into a world of cocoa-infused delights. Despite its modest size, the shop emanates a warm and inviting atmosphere, making it the perfect place to indulge in some of Vienna's finest chocolates.

While it's true that the chocolates at Leschanz Schokolade may be a bit more expensive compared to other stores in Vienna, the price reflects the value you receive when investing in a renowned brand with a rich heritage. Every bite reflects their dedication to top-notch quality and craftsmanship.

One standout feature of Leschanz Schokolade is their commitment to using exclusively organic chocolates. This dedication to sustainability and ethical sourcing elevates their already impressive offerings. Their confections are lovingly handmade, ensuring that each treat is a masterpiece in its own right.

Among their specialties are the iconic Mozartkugeln and the "Golden Viennese Heart," a milk chocolate heart filled with hazelnut brittle, available in various sizes. They also offer vegan chocolates for those with dietary preferences, ensuring that everyone can savor their exquisite creations.

During the cold season, Leschanz Schokolade offers a warm escape with hot chocolate and chestnuts, providing comfort and coziness to those seeking refuge from the chill.
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Demel

4) Demel

Demel is a famous pastry shop and chocolaterie in Vienna, established in 1786. The company bears the title of a Purveyor to the Imperial and Royal Court since 1874.

Demel was previously known as Hofzuckerbäckerei pastry shop, founded by Ludwig Dehne, a confectioner from Württemberg. Upon his early death in 1799, the business was continued by his widow for their minor son August Dehne. The latter inherited the company in 1832 and successfully managed the business, however, as his son pursued an academic career, he sold the company to his journeyman, Christoph Demel, in 1857.

Renamed Ch. Demel's Söhne in 1867, Christoph Demel's sons Joseph and Karl continued the business and were granted the title of a purveyor to the Habsburg court by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1874. In the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, notable customers of Demel included Empress Elisabeth (Sisi), Princess Pauline von Metternich, and actress Katharina Schratt. During the Austrian Anschluss to Nazi Germany in 1938–45, the Vienna Gauleiter Baldur von Schirach and his wife Henriette were also regulars here.

If you want to travel back to the imperial times and enjoy an authentic Austrian dessert, this is a great place to go.
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Xocolat

5) Xocolat

If you happen to find yourself in Vienna and you're a chocolate enthusiast, then you absolutely must visit Xocolat, a delightful haven of cocoa treats. Situated in the Palais Ferstel passage, Xocolat is a boutique that represents the art of chocolate making at its finest. Led by the renowned chef Christian Petz, Xocolat has established itself as a place dedicated to celebrating everything related to chocolate.

Step into Xocolat, a chocolate lover's paradise, and indulge in a world of exquisite chocolate creations. Discover whiskey truffles, a blend of rich chocolate and fine whiskey, and Grand Marnier pralines, combining citrus-infused liqueur with velvety chocolate. Explore unique chocolate bars and gourmet chocolate spreads for a delightful experience.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Xocolat is its transparency in the chocolate-making process. As you explore this chocolate paradise, you can observe all the magic happening behind the scenes through a glass window. It's a captivating experience to watch the skilled chocolatiers at work, meticulously shaping and crafting these sweet masterpieces with precision and passion.

For those who wish to enjoy the magic of Xocolat beyond the boutique's walls, there's the opportunity to take home a box of assorted confections. These thoughtfully curated assortments make for decadent souvenirs, allowing you to relive the excellence of Xocolat's chocolate long after your visit.

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