Demel was once the Royal and Imperial pastrycook’s. Now it really is the choicest and most highly-priced cafe in escort Vienna. All cooked dishes and cakes are prepared by hand to classic recipes. Inside the kitchen machinery is hardly applied at all.
Even Emperor Franz Joseph sent for cakes and pralines from Demel in the course of his tête-à-têtes with his lover, whilst his unhappy wife Sissi was addicted to their legendary violet sorbet.
The final time we were in Vienna, we didn’t get the opportunity to check out Demel. This time, we weren’t going to pass up the opportunity. We met up with 1 of LJ’s buddies (from when she made use of to reside here) and headed to Demel for lunch/dessert.
A classic, historic and superb place to visit…just the desserts alone make this a “must-see” destination. But the “Store Window” is often a beauty to behold as the sculptures are changed regularly and produced out of chocolate.
Nearly everyone who visits Wien goes to Hotel Sacher (I’m fairly certain it is featured on each guidebook) and so did I on my initial take a look at there. But several days later, I went to Cafe-Konditorei Demel and discovered that I like it much more!
Spread over various rooms and floors on the Kohlmarkt, Demel was as soon as the Royal and Imperial pastrycook’s and right now, it really is widely regarded as one particular in the oldest and most high-priced traditional coffeehouses in Vienna.
Demel is as a great deal a delight to the eye as towards the taste buds. It retained its title of “Imperial and Royal Court Confectionary Bakery” even just following the collapse from the monarchy when it was officially forbidden to complete so. Check out the ornately made window displays, a tradition began in 1965 by Baron Federico von Berzeviczy-Pallavicin, a student in the “Wiener Werkstaetten,” who had taken more than as manager. You are able to also visit the show-bakery and watch the master bakers at work.
The age-old battle amongst “Sacher” and “Demel” for the best to describe their own Sachertorte, that’s exported throughout the entire world, as “the actual thing” continues to be unsettled. The firm’s unmistakable trademark are its waitresses, recognized as “Demelinerinnen”, produced popular inside a song by Helmut Qualtinger, and who always wear modest black dresses with lace collars and nevertheless address the shoppers very formally with “Haben schon gewählt ?” (Has Madam currently created her option?).
We ordered Vöslauer prickelnd (sparkling water), Melange (tiny espresso with warm milk & milk foam), Gulaschsuppe (Goulash soup/roll), Dobostorte (a Hungarian five-layer sponge cake layered with chocolate butter cream and topped with thin caramel slices) & Gerollte Mandeltorte (rolled almond tart with simmered butter cream).
It was fully packed when we arrived and we had to wait for pretty much half an hour for a table. Thankfully, the glass-walled kitchen provided a source of entertainment and it’s fun to watch the pastry chefs in action! Apparently, all cakes are prepared by hand to conventional recipes and machinery is hardly used at all.
Visitors may eat breakfast or lunch right here. If they do, they will be perfectly happy. But visitors may not miss the cakes!!! Flawlessly beautiful with a taste to match, this is Viennese culinary art at its sweetest!
The more than 200-year-long history of this illustrious establishment began in 1785 when it was founded by the Württemberg confectioner, Ludwig Dehne, by the Danube. His heirs gave the business for the apprentice Christoph Demel, whose family acquired the Stadtpalais and created it the initially house on the square. In 1917 it was taken more than by the ignominious Anna – she had divorced a Demel to marry his brother soon afterwards – who ran it successfully for four decades. Her successor, Klara Demel, married a Baron Berzeviczy who showed little interest within thecommon firm and sold it following the death of his wife.
They are certainly worth a go to: for a hot chocolate they will not take an instant-mix but will boil the milk slowly and put in pieces of chocolate and stirr, until finished and they also have the original Sachertorte-recepee – and are allowed to call it “original Sachertorte” as the mentally sick son of Madame Sacher sold the original recepee to Demel about 100 years ago and it looks a tiny little bit different, as the thin layer of jam is missing in Demel’ recepee…
We had been finally shown towards the Baroque tea room on the second level, a lovely ornate room decked in elegant mahogany, velvet and crystal chandeliers.
Previously, I mentioned the age-old battle involving Hotel Sacher and Demel for the best to call their particular Sacher Torte as “the genuine thing”. Whenit’s tempting to play judge, Demel was originally foremost a confectionary so the other lovely cakes displayed inside the glass cabinet were much more appealing to me than the dry and sweet Sacher Torte.
A fancy place to pay a visit to however the food is average and the prices are exuberant. Really atmospheric, great food and of course the cakes! We sat downstairs next for the glass wall overlooking the pastry kitchen. As we had been in Vienna only for a day, we had the regular Wiener Schnitzel as well as three different cakes, the apple strudel, sacher torte and another chocolate-based cake. All had been delicious. Honestly, the service could be better/friendlier – but apart from that, a good experience!
In 1993 it was sold to the German Günter Wichmann who swore an oath of disclosure forcing the confectionery into bankruptcy and into the hands of its creditors. Despite continual rumors of closure visitors can nevertheless enjoy their coffee, strudel, sachertorte or hearty snacks in the inviting marble tables of this noble emporium of pastries.
Opposite the Demel cafe stands the Grosses Michaelerhaus with its attractive courtyard built by the Barnabites around 1720. The poet Pietro Metastasio (1698-1782) lived and died right here and Joseph Haydn lived inside the attic for many years. Right now the Royal and Imperial pastry cook’s sells its delicious produce in “Vis-à-Vis”; the adjoining restaurant’s specialty is seafood.
The most refined retreat for cake-lovers inside the city. Experience the epitome of politeness and delights that imperial guests after enjoyed. This was the other place my friend recommended.
The full name, “K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker Ch. Demel’s Söhne” (“Imperial and Royal Court Confectionary Bakery Ch. Demel’s Sons”) should give the idea along with the fact that the shop stands in line with the castle courtyard, that this is usually a special place that has survive the test of politics, history and time.