Innsbruck might be a small city in comparison to the capital Vienna, but one thing that it's for sure is there is no lack of good quality Austrian Konditoreis to have your pick from.
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What is a Konditorei?
Konditorei is a mix of a cafe and a pastry shop. Konditoreis are a popular place for people to meet and catch up over a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake (Kaffee und Kuchen). What differentiates Konditores from cafes is a wide selection of pastries and the purpose of having drinks and pastries at the premises instead of getting a takeaway.
Cafes focus more on the beverages part of the menu, whilst Konditoreis offer a wider selection of pastries and some even serve breakfast.
Konditoreis are very popular in Austrian culture and since I have visited Innsbruck so many times by now the tourist sites do not interest me anymore, most of my visits to Innsbruck are spent simply cafe/Konditorei hopping with a friend or on my own with some good reading material in tow.
Good Konditorei / cafe is not just about the menu. It is also about the ambient. I share my 5 favourite spots in Innsbruck where you can relax with a good book or catch up with a friend over a piece of cake and a brew.
To avoid any confusion - most Konditoreis in Innsbruck go with a name Café So And So.
You will find that most Konditoreis and cafes in Innsbruck carry a varied selection of newspapers displayed on wooden newspaper holders you can read over your Kaffee und Kuchen.
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1. Café Mundig
Mundig Konditorei-Cafe is one of my favourite places in Innsbruck. This family owned cafe is over 200 (!) years old and it is also the oldest cafe in Tirol.
I can spend hours here just reading and people watching in a cosy booth by a big window. This is also a perfect place for a catch up over a coffee and cake.
WHERE: It is located in the old city, just around the corner from the Golden Roof.
BEST FOR: Breakfast, Kaffee und Kuchen (chat over a coffee and cake), people watching, quick break from a busy day, reading and writing
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MUST TRY: Breakfast!, Mundig hot chocolate where you get all the ingredients separately and then you do your own hot chocolate
Address: Kiebachgasse 16, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
2. Strudel Café Kröll
Best Strudel in town! Strudel Café Kröll can be found in the Altstadt (old town), just a minute walk away from the Golden Roof and across the alleyway from Sacher Cafe and one of my favourite restaurants in Innsbruck - Stiftskeller.
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WHERE: It is located in the city centre opposite of Sacher Cafe.
BEST FOR: Strudel, gluten free breakfast
MUST TRY: Apfelstrudel
Address: Hofgasse 6, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
3. Hotel Café Central
This Viennese style cafe attached to a 4 star hotel can be found in the city centre and is one of the cosiest places that serves tea in cute tea pots with a complimentary tray of biscuits.
Grab one of the seats in the nook next to a window for some people watching, relaxing with a book or for a private conversation. I especially like to visit this place in cold months as it is warm and cosy with great view on the snowy streets of Innsbruck.
WHERE: It is located in the city centre behind Kaufhaus Tyrol.
BEST FOR: Speciality coffee, tea, people watching, reading
MUST TRY: Hot tea
Address: Gilmstraße 5, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
4. 360° Cafe
The main feature of this cafe / bar is the view rather than the menu. Whilst Bar/Cafe 360° does not count as a Konditerei, it is worth mentioning due to offering one of the best free views of Innsbruck when the ☁️☁️ are not hiding the 🏔🏔.
WHERE: The Cafe/bar with glass walls and outdoors walk around is situated on top of Rathaus Galerien in the city centre.
HOW TO GET THERE: Enter the Rathaus Galerien and find the elevator opposite of Müller store. There is an orange sign on top of the elevator's doors.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: On a cloudless day, least busy time is usually weekdays before 4PM.
You do not have to order a drink to get the access to the outdoor walkaround area.
BEST FOR: View
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Address: Rathaus Galerien, Maria-Theresien-Straße 18, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
5. Café-Konditorei Valier KG
Another cosy Konditorei in the city. This over 100 years old Konditorei is located just on the outskirt of city centre which can play in your favour making it less touristy and more local.
WHERE: On the outskirts of the city centre, a minutes walk away from Triumphpforte.
BEST FOR: Breakfast, traditional Austrian Kaffee und Kuchen experience
Address: Maximilianstraße 27, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
6. Café Sacher Innsbruck
Sachertorte (Sacher cake) 👑Queen of the cakes. The original Sacher-Torte is world’s most famous chocolate cake, made according to a closely guarded secret recipe that is kept in a safe. The recipe for Sacher hasn’t changed since 1832!
One day in 1832 the Viennese Court’s main chef got sick and it was up to the young apprentice cook Franz Sacher to create a dessert that would be fitting for the high-ranking guests - and that’s how the Sacher cake was born.
All the chocolates used for the cake are specially produced just for Sacher. The baking procedure follows the exact sequence of 34 individual steps under specific humidity and temperature right up to the packaging of the cake.
By law, only the cake produced at the Sacher can be called and bear the chocolate seal “Original” on it.
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WHERE: In the city centre inside the Hofburg Imperial Palace, opposite of Strudel Café Kröll and Stiftskeller.
BEST FOR: Kaffee und Kuchen
MUST TRY: Sacher cake with cream
Address: Rennweg 1, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
7. Sky Restaurant Bergisel
Would you try cheesecake with bacon and black pepper? It actually tastes better than it sounds!
Whilst this is more of a restaurant than a cafe or Konditorei, Sky Restaurant is worth of mention due to offering one of the most beautiful views of Innsbruck [LINK].
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WHERE: Top of the Bergisel Ski Jumping Hill.
BEST FOR: View
MUST TRY: Bergisel Cake
Address: Bergiselweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria - on top of ski jumping hill
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