With legions of purveyors of frozen treats, Vienna has ice cream for any given sundae.
In a city so obsessed with sweets, it’s no surprise Vienna loves its ice cream: Ever since Italian confectioners came to the imperial capital looking for work in the 18th century, locals have embraced gelato, making it an integral part of summer. With the well-documented Viennese ingenuity for tasty treats, unusual yet delicious flavors abound, just waiting to be discovered.
Here are a few local picks for Vienna’s best ice cream. Dig in.
Another specialty is their frozen take on the Austrian classic Punschkrapfen (rum cakes), with big chunks mixed in so generously that you might wonder whether a cake just fell into the tub of ice cream before going for sale. Unobtrusive amidst the gilded finery of their storefront on Kohlmarkt, make sure you don’t miss the window where ice cream is served, just behind the Schanigarten (sidewalk seats).
(01) 535 17 17
Recommended: Blueberry-Violet and Punschkrapferl (rum cake)
Established in 1952, when the aftermath of WWII was still fresh and precious ingredients like eggs, milk and sugar were becoming affordable again, many argue that Eissalon Tichy is the ice cream institution in Vienna. Don’t be intimidated by the lines, they move quickly.
A family business that’s big on tradition, their classic flavors like hazelnut are well worth the queue, but the real draw is their frozen versions of the Austrian classic Knödel (dumplings). With a dense center of apricot or raspberry surrounded by ice cream and rolled in roasted hazelnuts or poppy seeds respectively, you can even buy packs of four to take home and freeze.
(01) 604 44 46
Recommended: Rasperry and Apricot Eisknödel
(01) 492 51 30
Recommended: Blueberry, Mascarpone
Eissalon am Schwedenplatz
Another family business and a local landmark just off Donaukanal.
1., Franz-Josefs-Kai 17
Recommended: Mango Cream
2., Praterstraße 16
Recommended: Dark Chocolate and Strawberry Sorbet
Gelateria La Romana
Recommended: Milcheis (Milk), and Biscotto Della Nonna
1., Rotenturmstraße 14
Recommended: Graumohn (poppy seed)
Their entire selection is vegan, making it a staple among the hip and trendy.
2., Taborstraße 15
9., Alserbachstraße 5
5., Margaretenstraße 51
Recommended: Carrot Cake