[Vienna, Austria] Gerstner

Karntner Strasse 13 – 15,

Vienna 1010, Austria (Innere Stadt)

 

http://www.gerstner.at/en/gerstner-history.html

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g190454-d1127351-Reviews-Gerstner_Cafe-Vienna.html

 

Just about a 2 blocks walk from Stefanplatz or better known as St. Stephen’s Cathedral in central Vienna.

 

I’m not sure how I heard about Gerstner.  We were strolling along Karntner Strasse, on our way to Naschmarkt when I saw the store front.  The signage looked familiar, as did the name, so I asked my friends to stop in with me.  Come to find out, Gerstner’s was an imperial confectioner back in the 1800s.  Nowadays, Gerstner continues to make chocolates but also makes delectable desserts.  It’s a must when visiting Vienna!

You can either purchase the goodies to go, or wait for a table in the cafe.  Seating is limited, so we didn’t have much luck on both our visits there (yes, it’s that good!).  Light meals, ice cream/ sundaes, and coffee are also served in the cafe.  The various desserts ranged from EUR 3 – EUR 5, and the macaroons were around EUR 1 each.

 

The store front.  Gerstner has been around since 1847.

 

Assorted chocolates

 

The mouth-watering desserts

 

Strawberry eclair and chocolate cake.  The strawberry flavor on the eclair tasted similar to strawberry Poki sticks.  The chocolate cake was really good – rich but not overly sweet.

 

One of my friends got the strawberry crepe, which was filled with fresh strawberries.  She almost didn’t want to share but we made her… haha

 

I really liked the macaroons (coffee and pistachio).  I think they were better than the ones from Laduree in Paris.

 

I think this was almost everyone’s favorite:  banana custard with passion fruit gelee.   The bottom layer is a chocolate mouse, which balanced really well with the banana custard.  The passion fruit gelee gave the rich banana custard a tangy edge to round out the flavors.  Yum!

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