Gluten Free Vienna: Cake at Kurkonditorei Oberlaa

Having tried a gluten free schnitzel in Vienna, I felt duty bound to try another food item which Vienna is famous for: Cake. Yes, yes, I know, it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it…!

Vienna is a city which appears blessed with coffee shops and cafes on almost every corner. Thanks to the very helpful Austrian Coeliac Society, I had a list of those which were able to offer gluten free cakes. I was excited to discover that a number of places in Vienna, including the famous Imperial Cafe, offer gluten free Imperial Torte. Upon further investigation I learnt this cake is made with almonds which sadly meant no Imperial Torte for me.

Nevermind, step forward Kurkonditorei Oberlaa who have nine cafes in Vienna and were able to provide me with both a gluten free and a nut free cake.

I had been sent a German language Coeliac card by the Austrian Coeliac Society to which I had then added some additional text to explaining my nut allergies. I used Google Translate to generate the text on my nut allergies (my GCSE German doesn’t allow me to do much m0re than ask the way to the pedestrianised shopping area…) and this worked well in explaining my dietary restrictions.

The cakes at Kurkonditorei Oberlaa were beautifully displayed in a refrigerated cabinet. I was really impressed with the clear labeling.

I was also impressed that there were gluten free, lactose free and even diabetic options available.

When I showed our waiter my German language Coeliac card he led me to the counter to discuss which of the options did not contain almonds, hazelnuts or chestnuts as well as being gluten free. The result was this bad boy.

Oh. Yes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this magnificent piece of molton chocolate mousse. And I enjoyed it even more when Mr D pronounced it superior to his (non-gluten free) Sachertorte. Love it when that happens.

We visited Kurkonditorei Oberlaa at both the interesting Naschmarkt and also at Landstraßer Hauptstraße. The latter location is 1 minute’s walk from Wien Mitte station where the airport shuttle departs from meaning you could have one last gluten free cake fix before heading to the airport for your journey home.

Kurkonditorei Oberlaa

1. Landstraßer Hauptstraße 1, 1030 Vienna Tel. +41-1-715-2740

Opening hours: Daily 8.00 to 19.00

2. Naschmarkt 175m, 1040 Vienna Tel. +41-1-587-4633

Opening hours: Mon – Sat 09.30 to 19.00

Other locations can be made on the Kurkonditorei Oberlaa website

Cost: Under EUR 15 for 2 cakes, a coffee and tea

Rating: 9/10 – What’s not to love about gluten free and nut free chocolate cake?


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  1. Adina | Gluten Free Travelette
    April 26, 2012 / 7:56 am

    Oh my gosh! Those look so amazingly good. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such gluten free friendly treats before…
    My mom’s been trying to get us to have Christmas in Vienna one year – hopefully it will work out so I can try some of these goodies!

    • April 28, 2012 / 3:52 pm

      Oh wow, Vienna would be just perfect for Christmas! I hope you can work that trip out, it’s a truly beautiful city.

  2. Nick
    November 4, 2012 / 2:20 am

    Well what an absolute delight this is Mrs D!

    I was just doing a bit of late night internet surfing (‘er, my fault for eating far too late) when I decided on a whim to Google the availability of gluten-free torte in Vienna. A few clicks later and here I am.

    We’ve been lucky enough to visit Vienna four times over the years and as it’s been almost a decade since our last visit, we were rather hoping to rekindle our love for the place in 2013. In previous years we ate very well – particularly when my wife wasn’t yet a diagnosed sufferer – but one affirmed diagnosis later, it was soon to become rather torturous on the torte front . I was eager to see whether my wife would have to sit in yet more delightful cafes watching me eat vast quantities of cake alone. Yet it seems that your website might prove to be a Viennese ray of hope, as many cafes now appear to be well and truly up to speed as far as gluten free goodies are concerned. When we take a proper peek at your pages tomorrow she will be delighted. Well done indeed!

    • November 5, 2012 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely reply, the dangers of late night Google searches for cake, eh?! This was my first trip to Vienna but I can definitely see us going back soon, it was a great city. I hope you get to return in 2013 and find plenty of gluten free cake options. I honestly didn’t feel I was missing out at all in Vienna with the selection of gluten free (and nut free for me) cakes.

  3. Suz
    December 16, 2012 / 6:24 pm

    I’m so glad I found this article before we went to Vienna. We ended up going to Kurkonditorei Oberlaa a few times, and I agree the Schoko Mousse Torte is completely amazing 🙂 I would have liked to try some of the other GF options too, but the Schoko is somewhat addictive… Thanks for this post!