Getting back to the whole 'cafe' thing, and more particularly the Konditorei or confectionery aspect of it, here's Oberlaa. We saw this place on our first night, opposite the Christmas tree seller in Neuer Markt (and I love creatively misinterpreting German, so this makes me wonder where der Older Markt is). Then it turned out to be in our guide book, which meant there were flocks of Japanese girls there, and annoyed waiters hovering over them. You can say one thing for the Viennese, they don't stint on showing their irritation. I forgot to take an exterior picture. Sorreez.
ordering fails from not looking at the case this time, nosirree. I was particularly attracted to the chestnut concoction in the bottom pictures, as was someone.
So I had a nice buzz form the Bud, and ordered a Franziskaner - top left, not a beer but actually pretty close to what you'd call a Vienna Coffee in America - lots of whipped cream. Going around the horn, we have a tolerable apple strudel (big, a bit dry, not very sweet, swimming in custard), that delicious chestnut tart (Maron Obers Torte, I think it was), and, order fail, the Himbeer Torte - mostly raspberries in raspberry jelly, but not the chocolate-covered, non-Sacher raspberry torte we were trying to get.
So: Skip lunch. Order carefully. Decent cakes and nice-looking chocolates at their 10 locations, but I think the hunt is on.
Holiday closures permitting.
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