I have been to Maldaner couple of times during the past 15 years but never left a review. Now its time. I have been back just yesterday on a Sunday afternoon and it was not so packed as I usually know it. There were seats outside and even in front of the counter available.
The place has a posh athmosphere and is situated in an very old Wiesbaden building from pre WWII. The bombs did not hit this city much as American troops planed to have their headquaters here, which still exist to this day. Lucky city!
The cakes are various and all flavors and delights. See the pictures I took of the cake vitrine. I had chocolate of course, with a Roiboos Vanilla infused tea. Before that, yes, before that, I had Palatschinken with Marillenmarmelade. Which sort of means translated, I had Austrian Crepe with Apricot Marmelade and dusted suggar on it. It was to die for.
In the sofa I sat for two there usually is a Reservation tag. I sat down without noticing it. Since we were two, it was not a problem. But here is the thing. After the two guys beside our sofa left their two-seater sofa, a family of 4 came and sat down on it and went grabbing chairs from the surrounding tables, leaving them without seating. The waiter came along right away and said that this table was reserved, to which the lady out of the four family members who sat down first replied "but the people who sat here have just left". And the waiter said to her "yes madame, but we have reservations coming in all the time". It did not get into her mind that maybe this establishment wants to stay organized in seating and as the waiter pointed out a four chair table for her inside the bigger room she really did not have any reason to complain, but anyway...some people seem to be blind or just ignorant, or both. Poor family!
The next two people who sat down were two, so it fit well and there wasn`t a reservation of course. There were plenty of seats available still. It gets very crowded in the late afternoon. But that couple who sat down kept watching the crowds coming in and going out and hardly spoke a word to each other. So if you too would like to go to a popular place with lots of activity and delights and eye candy as well as real candy, this is the place for you!
But all other are welcome too of course, as long as they know cafe house etiquette. If you come in, ask the waiter for seating, which in Germany is not usual, but possible. Hence many people in German Cafes, Restaurants and Bars come in and grab what seating they can get and it gets worse than the Wild Wild West at times.
Thank god this place is well organized and it shows, truly professional and great place to be. Oh, have I forgotten about the various marmalade flavors they offer and their specialities? Look for yourselves and be prepared: One minute on your lips, forever on your hips. But worth it!
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