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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Viennese Cuisine - Eat, Drink, Repeat - Part 5

Viennese Cuisine - Gluten Free

by Thomas Preyer

This is the fifth part of our series on Viennese cuisine.

You can find the other parts here:

Part 1: Meat Dishes
Part 2: Sweet Dishes
Part 3: On the go
Part 4: Beverages (non-alcoholic)

Today we talk about how to enjoy the wonders of the Austrian cuisine despite being not able to eat (or drink) products that contain Gluten. If you are Gluten intolerant you'll about to experience that almost no traditional dish is free of them. Schnitzel - NO, Sacher Torte - NO, even Schweinsbraten (roast pork) often has flour in it's delicious sauce.

So, what are you going to eat when you are having a Gluten intolerance? Nothing? Hell no ;) We've got you covered! 

Our friends from Road Affair, Ben and Jazzy went on a tour with us and they wrote a comprehensive article on surviving in Vienna on a Gluten free diet.

 Gluten Free Guide Vienna

You might ask yourself, are there any traditional dishes that don't contain Gluten?

The answer is: Yes! 

But always check back with the restaurant if they really prepare it Gluten free (Or check the menu. In Austria, places that serve food have to declare various allergens, including Gluten and Lactose).


W├╝rstel (Sausage) can come in many forms and most of them should be Gluten free. Bring your own bread (you can buy Gluten free bread at most supermarkets) for the original experience.

Photo credit: Bitzinger / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA


The people of Vienna are enthusiastic Carnivores. Schnitzel sadly is not Gluten free by "nature" but other Classic meals, like Tafelspitz (boiled prime beef) are. Tip: Always ask if the sauce is prepared Gluten free.

Photo credit: hpoberlin / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Did you find another Viennese Classic that is prepared Gluten free? We'd love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments.

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