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Vegetarians in Austria
Vegetarians in Austria
Vegetarianism is slowly gaining ground in Austria, especially in bigger cities. Most restaurants don't cater for vegetarians specifically, but you're likely to find meals on the menu containing no meat. As an alternative, there are vegetarian restaurants in every major city, and some cities have vegan or vegan-friendly places. You get can get vegetarian and vegan products (e.g. tofu, soymilk, lactose-free products) in nearly all supermarkets across the country (in rural areas as well) and in many health-food shops.
In more traditional or rural restaurants, you may be viewed as eccentric if you say you are vegetarian, and it's possible that not a single meal on the menu is meat-free. This is especially true for restaurants serving traditional Austrian cuisine which relies heavily on meat -- even apparent vegetable dishes such as potato salad or vegetable soup often contain meat products. Sometimes, also food clearly labeled as "vegetarian" contains fish, as vegetarianism is often equated with pescetarianism. If unsure, ask the waiting staff if there are any animal products in the dish you're about to order. Some traditional meals that are guaranteed to be vegetarian are Kaiserschmarren (sweet pieces of fluffy pancake with fruit compote), Germknoedel (sweet dumpling with sour prune jam), and Kasnudel (similar to ravioli).
Austria's Vegan Society maintains an updated list of vegetarian- and vegan-friendly eating places: and
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