If you love gourmet chocolate and will be in Vienna, do not miss a visit to Xocolat. Known as Vienna’s most iconic chocolatier, Xocolat has several shops plus a headquarters — Xocolat Manufaktur — in the gorgeous passage of the Palais Ferstel in Vienna’s 1st District (which is the one I recommend you visit your first time, as it really is like something out of a fairy tale).
Xocolat’s gourmet and artisan chocolates and chocolate bars come from all over the world and in all shapes, sizes and, of course, flavors. Everything from salted caramel from Belgium to African chocolates made with exotic flowers, and everything in between. The selection is so large, I doubt you will find a bigger one anywhere else.
The chocolatier also has a huge selection of their house chocolates and truffles, some individually wrapped, some not, and all packaged beautifully if you decide you want to take them home as a gift.
And, if you are looking for unusual flavors, Xocolat is certainly the place to go — Mango Lassi, Salted Caramel Cream, Dark Chocolate with Raspberries, Green Tea and Coconut — they even have vegan chocolate if you do not eat any animal products, so you can enjoy a little bit of luxury as well.
Xocolat also sells chocolate, cocoa and other chocolate products that you can use for cooking.
The best experience, of course, is to choose your own box of chocolates or truffles from Xocolat’s own house brand of artisan chocolates, which are made on the premises, and watch the lovely saleswoman box and wrap them for you.
Or you can buy a bar or a bag of them already packaged. Bags of truffles start at just 10 euros, and are an incredible deal for the superb taste.
On your first visit to Xocolat, you will realize quickly why the shop was featured in chocolate expert Georg Bernardini’s famous book as the ‘best chocolate shop in Europe’ and, I guarantee, your first visit to Xocolat will not be your last.
You will find the flagship store, and chocolate manufacturer, at Freyung 2, Vienna — which is in the passage of the Palais Ferstel.
They are open Mon to Fri 10 am to 6.30 pm, Sat 10 am to 6 pm Sundays and holidays from 12 am to 5 pm (except July and August as well as 25. 26. December, 1 and 6 January, Whit Sunday and Monday).
Get directions from the Google Map below.