If you’ve ever been to France and sunk your teeth into a French bakery treat, you might have found yourself sometimes ever since silently crying yourself to sleep at night, while dreaming of a buttery, crunchy, soft croissant, or the kind of baguette you can eat without any topping because it’s so good on its own. And don’t get us started on the pastries – Sacre bleu!
And while Austrians can also claim accolades for their bakeries, a real connoisseur knows that while the half moon pastry was invented in Vienna, the Viennese brioche is nowhere near what the French baking gods have created it to be.
Here are 6 places in Vienna (with a few other tips thrown in) where you can find authentic French baked goods that taste like they’ve come directly out of a Parisian boulangerie ou pâtisserie. We’re talking the bakery all-stars here – the baguette, brioche, pain au chocolat, croissant, tarte and éclair. Bon appétit!
Beaulieu – French bakery
Where: Herrengasse 14, 1010
Beaulieu is probably the most Parisian-like place in all of Vienna. Situated in the pretty, pretty Ferstl Passage, the small bistrot/épicerie fine will have you feeling like you’re walking straight into the Passage des Panoramas à Paris. While you can sit down and have a real française food experience, we’re talking solely about the French baked goods here.
Beaulieu has it all – it stocks one of the most authentic French baguettes in Vienna, which involves a stick-like crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, low in salt and a very subtle touch of yeast, creation (make sure to stick the baguette right under your arm while walking out for maximum authenticity). Also behind the counter is one of Vienna’s best French-style brioche – a very buttery and yeasty pastry, in the form of a small box. The Tartes will have you staring at the glass cabinet for hours trying to decide what does it for you the most (the kinds of tarts change with the seasons). Their Croissant and Pain au Chocolat boast a great buttery taste, and the latter explodes with a creamy chocolate filling.
La baguette originale = 2.70€
Tartes (various flavours like marrón, citron, fruits, fraises) = 4.50€
Croissant = 2.00€
Pain au chocolat = 2.20€
Brioche = 2.00€
Éclair = 3.90€
Petits fours = 2.10€
Crème de la crème – French Vienna
Where: Lange Gasse 76, 1080
Crème de la crème is one of the youngest additions to the Viennese pâtisserie landscape, but it seems like it is the place that Vienna’s been waiting for – no matter the time, this place is drawing people in like a lamp does with moths. The beautiful interior makes this place a welcome hangout if you want to escape the greyness of a day, but while you can spend a while admiring the furniture and well-fit decoration, the real stars here are the pastries: des tartes.
Crème de la crème tartes are the finest pieces of handicraft and will have you drool on the counter during the predicament that the choosing process poses. The colours and compositions seem like a painter had his fingers in their creation, and the presentation in the glass case is just the perfect emphasis – not too much, just enough to make it hard for you to choose. But we recommend trying them all anyway, since each of them provides for a taste adventure.
Also to be found here: great choux pastry, a mousse au chocolat tarte and the most beautiful macarons in Vienna!
Mousse au chocolat (tarte) = 4.20€
Tarte au Vanille = 5.50€
Tarte au Citron = 4.90€
Choux = 5.50€
La Mercerie – French bakery
Where: Berggasse 25, 1090
La Mercerie is a true Parisian bistro, right in the midst of one of Vienna’s most charming areas, the Servietenviertel of the 9th district. Once you find yourself sitting in the garden out front, or inside looking out the window, you’ll know you’ve achieved that state of being that the French live by – eat, love, laugh and live well, and often. There’s an old wooden exterior encasing the place, and if you look down you’ll find beautiful old tiles covering the floor. We say ‘if’ as you’ll find it hard to convince your attention to wander from what sits in the cabinet.
A range of authentic, fresh and homemade French baked goods are presented as proud as the French in the cabinet. And what makes the baked treats at La Mercerie even more special is that everything (except the éclairs that come from France), is made from scratch, on the premises. Including the authentic handmade French baguette (and the mini one for 95 cents), and the selection of great breakfast pastries, like the brioche, pain au chocolat, pain au raisins, and La Mercerie’s bona fide croissant.
Baguette = 2.40–2.90€
Mini Baguette = 0.95€
Croissant = 2.00€
Pain au chocolat = 2.40€
Pain au raisins = 2.40€
Tart’aTata – French bakery
Where: Lindengasse 35, 1070
If you haven’t been to the French Pâtisserie, Tart’aTata, before we strongly advise you to prepare for your first visit by tucking a napkin into your shirt collar. Or by dressing in a plastic poncho. The dainty, hand-crafted, and neatly presented chocolatey and sweet tarts, eclairs and other pimping pastries will have your mouth watering, no matter if you’ve just eaten a entire cow on the way there. You won’t be able to help yourself – expect disgusting gaping of the mouth and slobbering. They’ve installed windscreen wipers on their patisserie cabinet as it’s become a regular occurrence here (warning: slight exaggeration present).
The display case is filled with everything that a wet dream made in France would contain: Éclair, Pain au chocolat, Tarte au Citron, Mille-feuille, Brioche, Feuille abricot, Tarte aux pommes – all made by a professional pâtissier from France .
We tried the tarte au citron – our lips pursed like a homophobic’s bum in a gay club from the citrus tang, and the pastry is deliciously buttery.
If you’re not into the super sweet sugary French stuff, you can switch to the cabinet on the right and choose from the selection of French pastries – brioche, pain au chocolat, croissant, Viennese choco … ou une feuille abricot, peut-être?
Plus: Best feature ever – you can watch the pâtissiers at work through the window!
Brioche = 1.80€
Pain au chocolat = 2.30€
Croissant = 1.80€
Viennoise Choco = 2.50€
Feuille abricot = 2.80€
Macaron = 1.80€
Éclair (orange, vanille, café, pistache) = 3.80€
Tarte aux myrtilles = 4.50–4.90€
Whole tartes (3/6/8 persons): 11.50€ / 19€ / 25€
Kaffeeküche – French bakery
Where: Schottentor-Passage 8, 1010
This is our dark horse of the list, the one that will raise the eye brows of the French reading the article, as they let go of a very French deep-throated, ‘Puh.’ There is nothing French about Kaffeeküche, but they do serve up one of the best French-style brioches in all the land (well, atleast the city). Kaffeeküche is a tiny coffee shop in the Schottentor passage that has a neat look, and some damn good-looking young baristas.
The Kaffeeküche brioche stays true to the tradition of the pastry, with its very buttery and yeasty flavours. It is also in its traditional French shape: La fameuse brioche à tête ! There’s also a version with jam or chocolate inside for those who have to satisfy their sweet tooth. But we’ll personally stick to the plain one, as we like the savoury flavour of a real French brioche (as opposed to its Viennese cousin), that also goes lovely with some cheese.
Brioche plain = 1.50€
Brioche with jam = 1.70€
Brioche with chocolate = 1.90€
Café Telegraph – French bakery
Where: Garnisongasse 7, 1090
Telegraph is a chic new café that boasts a shiny vintage interior, that will possibly distract you from the reason your actually here – to eat French cake. However, we bid you to please concentrate on the task at hand, as we’d hate for you to miss out. The coffee is the real deal and we’ll confidently stamp it with the ‘specialty’ label. Now, the Frenchness of this place begins and ends with the mouth-watering selection of French pastries sitting all pretty-like in the cabinet. The place has more of an American vibe, with lots of students and expats frequenting the place.
However, their secret French weapon comes in the form of a trained patisserie chef. Chef pâtissière Sophie, makes daily a fresh selection of French éclairs that come in different flavours, including the classic ones with vanilla, chocolate and pistachio, plus one seasonal variety. Meanwhile, we found our new French affair in the form of Sophie’s collection of tartes and tartelettes, that all burst with lovely colours.
While they also have a croissant on offer, we have to mention here, that it is the Austrian kind of croissant (it comes from the Lower Austrian baker, Kasses). It is very tasty and fresh, but it’s a lot more dry and less buttery than a French one.
Also good to know… Café Telegraph serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu of an impressive selection of different dishes from all over the world.
Éclair (vanille, choco, pistachio, and a seasonal one) = 3.50€
Tartelettes = 3.50€
Croissant = 2.00€
Where else to find French baked treats?
Here’s a bunch of other places worth mentioning, that also serve some French bakery treats in Vienna:
Café Le Bol
Their Éclair and Bombe au chocolat are as French as they get!
The French bistro in the 1st district known for its great lunch to go, also offers a beautiful and colourful range of tartes to go with your French cuisine.
The delicatessen shop/restaurant on Dominikanerbastei features a selection of baguettes, croissants (small/big), pain au chocolat and palmier pastries (also to take away).
The specialty coffee shop has a impressive croissant and pain au chocolat sourced straight out of France!
This hipster bakery chain features one of the best French-style baguettes being done by a Viennese baker in Vienna, chapeau!
Thanks to Ströck Feierabend and French head of pâtisserie, Pierre Reboul, the long-established Viennese bakery-chain has a new edition of croissant that is surprisingly close to the original.
Joseph Brot (Landstraße)
The Viennese boutique bakery has a great croissant and a selection of beauitful pâtisserie, maybe not overly authentic French, but definitely very close to it.