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You will find a Heiner on the Kaerntnerstrass, which is very pleasant, but the Heiner a few minutes walk away on the Wollzeille is absolutely delightful. Both serve all the traditional cakes (Sachertorte, Dobostorte and Esterhazytorte) and the traditional warm pastries (Topfenknödel, Kipferlschmarrn, Topfenpalatschinken and Dukatenbuchteln). There are also excellent home-made ice-creams.

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A good cup of coffee, good cakes, pastries and breakfast buffet, but the main attraction is the building itself and the view over Schloss Schoenbrunn to the skyline of the city. Built in 1775 by Fischer von Erlach, the Gloriette was seen as the crowning glory of the castle park's architectural layout. The café is in the glassed central section, where you sit among the huge columns that support the imposing arched structure. There is also a balustraded terrace from which you can enjoy the views in the warmer months.

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Amid the growing number of chain-stores, Gerstner, with its wood panel facade and elegant interior, is a reminder of why the Kaerntnerstrasse was so famous for its style. Its delicate cakes, pastries and selection of truffles are as delightful as the atmosphere.

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One of the most famous places in Vienna, serving one of the most famous cakes in the world. The Sacher Torte was first baked in 1832; it is still baked in-house to the original recipe. Although it is clearly a chocolate cake with an apricot jam filling, the full recipe remains a secret. You may have to queue to get a table, but it's worth the wait. If you just want to try the cake or take one home as a gift, you can buy them at the Sacher Shop.

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As well as the handmade cakes and pastries, Sluka serves wonderful open sandwiches and excellent hot meals. It boasts a long list of famous visitors, including Kaiserin Elizabeth (Sisi), Oskar Kokoschka, and the playwright Thomas Bernhard, who even mentioned Sluka is his infamous play about Austrian society, "Heldenplatz."

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Demel is as much a delight to the eye as to the taste buds. It retained its title of "Imperial and Royal Court Confectionary Bakery" even just after the collapse of the monarchy when it was officially forbidden to do so. Take a look at the ornately designed window displays, a tradition began in 1965 by Baron Federico von Berzeviczy-Pallavicin, a student of the "Wiener Werkstaetten," who had taken over as manager. You can also visit the show-bakery and watch the master bakers at work.

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Aida has over 20 branches in Vienna and they are difficult to miss: they are very pink. The best known is on St Stephen's Square at the junction of Singerstrasse. It has a white marble facade trimmed in pink, the awnings are pink, the staff wear pink; when it is warm enough to set up outside, the sun-shades are pink and you get to sit on pink chairs. If you can take so much pink, taste the coffee which is Aida's own brand made from beans imported from South America and mixed and roasted to Aida's secret specification.

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Open 365 days a year from 8am for breakfast with a selection of international newspapers. Over lunch and through the evening you can relax to live piano music, then enjoy a night-cap and some supper before the café closes. A classic Viennese coffe house near St. Stephen's.

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Seven branches in Vienna include locations on the Naschmarkt and the Neue Markt. Handmade cakes and pastries with the promise of no artificial colorings or flavors. If you like macaroons, try or take-away a box of LaaKronen, made with butter-cream, almond flour and sugar, and available in seven flavors including hazelnut, lemon and raspberry.

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