Some folks claim Vienna itself smells like coffee and cake. Well, if it did it wouldn't be surprising, given the prominence of desserts on the local menu. And perhaps the star of this whole sweet show is Sachertorte, a luscious chocolate cake with a touch of apricot jam and several other secret ingredients. The story goes that it was created in 1832 almost by happenstance by an apprentice chef but soon became a culinary sensation. You can order it at many restaurants throughout the city, but the ideal place to try it, at Philarmonikerstrasse 4, is the atmospheric Hotel Sacher, founded in 1876 by the inventor's son.
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