Mention Oberlaa to the Viennese and they will nod sagely and praise the cakes, even though this Konditorei chain only opened its first premises less than 50 years ago (practically a baby in Vienna terms).
- Pristine modern elegance combined with an excellent selection of cakes and more
- Several locations throughout Vienna
- The nicely-packaged boxes of chocolates and confectionery make fine gifts
- See also: Other cake houses | Vienna coffee houses
Time for cake
(Konditorei Oberlaa’s branch on Mariahilfer Straße)
Oberlaa is a relative youngster in the world of the Viennese Konditorei. The first location only opened as recently as (whisper it) 1974, when the Kurkonditorei Oberlaa added its sweet temptations to Vienna’s spa area. Which makes it the first Konditorei I’ve ever been into here that was younger than me.
(And now I need to have a lie down and a long think about what I’ve achieved in life.)
Oberlaa is the name of the area that hosts the spa and spa park on the far southeastern border of Vienna, though you can visit the Kurkonditorei there easily on the U1 subway. Look for it opposite the main entrance to the Therme Wien spa complex.
The Oberlaa moniker has since become synonymous with class and creativity in the realms of patisseries and pastry-makers, and recent years have seen branches open up in other, more central, locations.
We dropped into the location on Mariahilfer Straße, for example, which occupies premises at the bottom of one of Vienna’s main shopping streets.
Inside felt like the Konditorei concept updated for the 21st century, a kind of hybrid of the 1920s and 2020s. Tall and airy with a veneer of modern elegance and more space for each table than usual.
The place swarmed with a younger crowd than your average Konditorei, which meant, unexpectedly, it was noticeably quieter than its colleagues (there is something to be said for the younger generation sitting glued to their phones).
While the premises might be new, the long display counter heaved with tried and trusted cake varieties, but also a colourful cornucopia of macaroons, numerous fruit-laden delights, and Oberlaa’s own special creations. Not to mention various pastries, including several classic varieties of doughnut and strudel.
My sugar levels rose just at the sight, though a handful of savoury options for breakfast and other meals, plus a few gluten and or lactose-free choices, offered alternatives for those with allergies or avoiding a cake-rich diet.
Pleasingly, since a Konditorei tends to focus on the cakes and not the drinks, a lovely froth topped my excellent Melange and my wife praised the hot chocolate. We shall certainly return.
(In fact, I popped in a few weeks later just for a breakfast and the quality was excellent, particularly the size and freshness of my croissant.)
How to get to the Konditorei
The branch on Mariahilfer Straße sits practically opposite a subway station (Museumsquartier on the U2 line). Alternatively, take a short walk from the Burgring tram stop (lines 1, 2, D and 71).
In fact, if you want a bit of culture with that cake, the MuseumsQuartier comes with an extra helping of public art, not to mention several contemporary art museums.
The Konditorei Oberlaa has several locations in Vienna. There’s one on the Neue Markt square right in the centre, for example. And another in the Naschmarkt, a large open-air international market that makes a fine place to stroll through and enjoy the tastes and scents of global cuisine. You can even find one at the main railway station complex (Hauptbahnhof) and the Zentralfriedhof cemetery.
Address: Mariahilfer Straße 1c, 1060 Vienna | Website (for all locations)