CONTRIBUTED BY L.Y. TAN
Café König in Baden-Baden is one of Baden-Württemberg’s finest confectionery and is famous for its cakes and chocolates. It first opened its doors 250 years ago which is around the time where Baden-Baden had licensed gambling, the other main attraction of this charming city.
As I walked towards the café and entered the main door, I was happily greeted by the amazing display of cakes that were placed proudly on their cake stands! At the counter, I literally drooled over the rows of sweet pastries, glossy cakes and colorful macaroons.
The café has a airy décor and grand interior with peach and brown furnishing, wooden chairs with mint green upholstery and bright crystal chandeliers. The small terrace outside the café is also a perfect spot to sit and have a drink should the weather allows.
In honor of the true German tradition of Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake), I ordered a pot of coffee and some cakes.
The types of coffee offered on the menu is pretty extensive, served either hot or cold, with even a few alcoholic coffee options such as coffee with Kirschwasser (literally “cherry water,” but it’s not water if you catch my drift) the local eau de vie.
The pot of coffee was elegantly presented on a silver salver accompanied by a tiny porcelain jug of milk, a biscuit and a shot glass of water. Even though Café Koenig is known for its legendary Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (Black Forest cherry cake), I simply could not resist the luscious summer fruit varieties. So I ordered a Lemon Tart, a Berries Chocolate Mousse Cake and a Raspberry Sweet Pastry.
A wide selection of savory dishes is also available should you wish to lunch here. I ordered a bowl of chanterelle mushroom soup from the seasonal menu along with 2 quiches which I found pretty delicious.
Do visit this famous coffeehouse if you were to visit Baden-Baden. It is centrally located in the heart of the city and just a short walk from the Casino and the famous Spa Friedrichsbad.
Lichtentaler Str. 12
Tel. 07221 – 23573
Closed: 1st and 2nd days of Christmas Holiday period