Founded in 1786, Demel pastry shop is a legendary institution in Vienna, located near the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) to which it was an official purveyor during the glory days of the Empire. The Baroque Revival interior, the crystal chandeliers, the apron-wearing servers are as much a travel back in time as the experience of waiting out the line outside with fellow tourists is not. Today, you’ll be hard-pressed to find the Viennese upper crust here, but the pastries are still delicious (Kaiserschmarrn! Sacher torte! Apple strudel!). And of course expensive.

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