A Local’s Gluten free Guide To Vienna, Austria
Hello! My name is Jenni and I have Celiac Disease. My blog is usually in German. However, I receive so many questions about gluten free dining, hotels and gluten free grocery shopping from people abroad. The best advice you can get when traveling to a new destination is always from a local. Especially when you are traveling gluten free. This local gluten free guide will give you great insider information on how to tackle your next gluten free trip to Vienna, Austria!
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Gluten free in Vienna: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hotels & Grocery ShoppingHello! Servus, Grüß Gott in Vienna! Welcome to Vienna! This post also exists similar in a German version. This list reflects my personal experience living gluten free in Vienna. I’m sure there are other gluten free places in Vienna as well. However, I only recommend places I’ve been myself. I will keep this list updated and add new gluten free places as well. Be aware: For celiacs it is important to know that there are many places in Vienna, especially bakeries who offer „gluten free“ bread or food. However, most of them have never heard of cross contamination. I had some very unpleasant experiences. All places below are celiac-safe though. Another note: It is very common in Austria to use gluten free wheat starch. Gluten free wheat starch is considered fine for celiacs. I have no issues eating it. Are you sensitive to wheat due to a separate allergy? Then you should be careful.
Gluten free in Vienna: Breakfast / Cake & Coffee
1. Café Grüner Salon – Hirschengasse 8, 1060 ViennaThis is a lovely Café in the 6th district of Vienna. Everything is dedicated gluten free. There is no danger of cross contamination. They even offer bread without gluten free wheat starch, vegan options and sugar-reduced desserts. Here is your chance to try the famous Vienna Sachercake gluten free! Next to gluten free breakfast, they also offer some basic lunch options and ice cream in summer. The Café Grüner Salon is very popular, reserving a table is highly recommended. My favourite celiac-safe spot in Vienna! 🙂
2. Allergiker Café – Wiedner Hauptstraße 35, 1040 Vienna100% dedicated gluten free, soy-free and lactose free little Café. Perfect for those with multiple allergies and intolerances. Allergiker Café offers breakfast, basic lunch options and a good variety of gluten free cakes.
3. Simply Raw Bakery – Drahtgasse 2, 1010 ViennaLocated in the heart of Vienna in the first district: Simple Raw Bakery. Hofburg, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Albertina and Saint Stehphan’s Cathedral are only a few minutes away. Dedicated 100% gluten free, raw, egg free, flour free and without industrial sugar. It’s a lovely little raw Café!
Gluten free in Vienna: Restaurants
1. Gasthaus „Zum Wohl“ – Stumpergasse 61, 1060 ViennaOne of my favourite restaurants in Vienna. It’s dedicated 100% gluten free and lactose free. The restaurant „Zum Wohl“ (it means „Enjoy your meal“) is conveniently located next to the Mariahilferstraße, one of Vienna’s largest shopping areas. They offer a variation of traditional Austrian Cuisine as well as international-inspired dishes. As a meat lover you should definitely try the „gebackene Fledermaus“ (baked bat) – don’t worry it’s not a real bat. This is an very old Viennese term for pork meat. Vegetarians will also be happy with the saisonal changing menu. You might want to book a table in advance. It can be crowded sometimes, especially in the evening. Suitable for lunch and dinnner.
2. Gasthaus „Am Predigtstuhl“ – Oberwiedenstraße 34, 1170 ViennaThis restaurant is very special. The decor is somehow traditional, fun and austrian at the same time. It’s a cozy, down to earth place. It’s not 100% gluten free, but they have a very good knowledge of celiacs needs. They offer a variety of gluten free dishes, including Wiener Schnitzel, Schweinsbraten as well as other typical Austrian cuisine. It’s a bit off the track, located in the beautiful 17th district of Vienna up a steep hill, close by the Schwarzenbergpark and some very nice hiking routes. Best if you come by car. Otherwise take bus 46A or 46B to the stop „Oberwiedenstraße“, which is right in front of the restaurant. You can check all routes using public transport in Vienna on the journey planner Wiener Linien website.
3. Gasthaus Nestroy – Weintraubengasse 7, 1020 ViennaThe restaurant „Nestroy“ is very centrally located, close to Wiener Prater. Offering a separate gluten free menue, this is the place for typical Viennese food! As a vegetarian I rarely go there. Although the gluten free desserts are amazing! They also have gluten free local beer.
Gluten free in Vienna: Burger & Fries
Gluten free burger in Vienna? There is not too much celiac safe choice here. If you fancy a gluten free burger I’ll recommend you a daytrip to Mödling. A very nice, small city south of Vienna. GIOs – a dedicated gluten free restaurants not only offers great gluten free barbecues in summer, but also vegetarian and meat burgers. All gluten free. In Vienna however:
1. Hard Rock Café Vienna – Rotenturmstraße 25, 1010 ViennaThey have a separate gluten free menu, offering gluten free burgers, fries and wings. Unfortunately they do not offer any gluten free, vegetarian dishes. Although they did prepare a special salad for me after consulting with the Chef.
2. McDonald’sMcDonald’s in Austria offers gluten free burgers, as well as gluten free fries. You can easily order using one of the terminals. Gluten free bread is clearly marked with the Crossed Grain symbol. There is also a gluten free cake in Mc Café. Be aware of cross contamination though! There are some mixed experiences with McDonald’s. Best to specifically ask them to warm up your burger bun separately.
Gluten free in Vienna: Pizza & Pasta
Where to find the best gluten free pizza in Vienna? As a celiac it’s a little tricky with gluten free pizza choices in Vienna. One thing to note: There are many places offering gluten free pizza. However, most of them are not safe for celiacs!
1. Pizzeria Mediterrano – Kaschauerplatz 2, 1220 ViennaMy boyfriend says that the gluten free pizza tastes way better than the normal one in the Pizzeria Mediterrano. And it’s true, the pizza in Pizzeria Mediterrano is simply delicious. Always inform them about your Celiac Disease, when ordering. Then they will be extra careful preparing your pizza. Use the journey planner Wiener Linien website to find your way to „Kaschauerplatz“. It’s in the outer district of Vienna. Be aware: There is a restaurant with a similar name in the 9th district. The gluten free one is in Kaschauerplatz 2, 20th district!
2. Pizzeria Scarabocchio – Florianigasse 3, 1080 ViennaVery centrally located is the Italian pizza restaurant „Scarabocchio“. It feels like a hidden Italian place in the middle of Vienna. Ideal for a (romantic) dinner. Book a table in advance and take your time, this is the place to enjoy your meal. They have a good knowledge about celiac needs and cross contamination. It’s always best to inform them, that you are celiac, when ordering.
3. Vapiano – 6 x in ViennaVapiano is a German-Italian chain offering a great selection of gluten free pasta and pizza. Pasta and pizza are ordered directly from the chefs at the individual stations. I especially like that the chefs prepare the food in front of the guests, so you can overview your food being prepared. They have high standards to avoid any cross contamination. The gluten free pasta is pre-cooked in advance and stored in little ziplock bags. The gluten free pizza is baked in the same oven, covered in a aluminium foil tray. However, do not sit down waiting for the buzzer to ring, indicating your food is ready. I always wait at the counter and check that they wash hands, put on new gloves and prepare my food separately, as they are instructed to do.
Gluten free in Vienna: Supermarkets
Gluten free food can be bought at the following supermarkets and stores in Vienna. Basically every little shop offers at least a small section of gluten free groceries.
1. Selbstverständlich Glutenfrei, Herndlgasse 20, 1100 ViennaAustria’s first and only dedicated 100% gluten free shop. It’s small in size, bur worth a visit. They offer gluten free products from around the world, gluten free magazines and some fresh baked pastries. Update 2020: Selbstverständlich Glutenfrei is closed permanently.
2. MerkurMerkur is a supermarket chain that is pretty well-stocked with gluten free products. Don’t forget to check out the frozen gluten free pizza, Krapfen (jelly filled donuts) and cakes. Depending on the branch they even offer freshly baked gluten free muffins, bread and sandwiches from the brand „Weizenfrei“. Weizenfrei means wheat free, but don’t worry, all their products are certified gluten free as well. Auch belegte Weckerl für unterwegs gibt es am Hauptbahnhof. / Freshly baked bread.
3. BillaAnother Austrian supermarket chain with a good choice of gluten free products. A Billa supermarket is basically around every corner in Vienna. You really can’t miss it.
4. SparSmall selection of gluten free pasta and sweets. Choice depends on size of store. There is a greater choice at Eurospar and Interspar.
5. HoferHofer is owned by Germany’s Aldi and similar in style. Very cheap and solid quality, but not much gluten free choice. They do offer gluten free bread from Schär and cookies though.
Gluten free in Vienna: Hotels
As I live in Vienna, I rarely stay in a Hotel. However, I got some good recommendations from fellow Celiacs. Motel One – Thank you, Lena! This chain offers gluten free breakfast at all branches. There are 4 Motel One Hotels in Vienna:
- Motel One Wien Westbahnhof Nearby: Gasthaus zum Wohl, Café Grüner Salon – both 100% gluten free.
- Motel One Wien Hauptbahnhof Nearby: Selbstverständlich Glutenfrei – 100% gluten free shop.
- Motel One Wien Prater Nearby: Gasthaus Nestroy – separate gluten free menu.
- Motel One Wien Staatsoper Nearby: Allergiker Café – 100% gluten free
Gluten free in Vienna: Basic gluten free vocabulary
While English is widely understood and spoken in Vienna, it does not hurt to know some basic German words. Yes, we speak German in Austria!
- gluten = Gluten
- gluten free = glutenfrei
- no gluten = ohne Gluten
- wheat = Weizen
- wheat starch = Weizenstärke
- barley = Gerste
- barley malt = Gerstenmalz
- rye = Roggen
- oats = Hafer (only eat certified gluten free oats!)
- spelt = Dinkel
- I have celiac disease = Ich habe Zöliakie.
- Do you offer gluten free options? = Haben Sie glutenfreie Speisen?
- Do you know about celiac disease? = Kennen Sie sich mit Zöliakie aus?
- Is this gluten free? = Ist das glutenfrei?
- Thank you = Danke
- Please = Bitte
- Hello = Hallo/Hi (formal: Guten Tag)
- Vienna is a wonderful place to be! = Es ist wunderbar in Wien zu sein!
Gluten free in Vianna – enjoy your stay!Every time I return to Vienna after travelling, I feel so blessed with the gluten free choice in my hometown. There are many celiac safe restaurants, supermarkets offer a great choice of gluten free groceries and knowledge of Celiac Disease is improving. I hope this local gluten free guide helps you to enjoy your stay in Vienna. Do you have any more questions? Please free to add a comment below. Have fun in Vienna, Jenni ♥
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