The Austrian diet is generally known to be centred around meat, however, today Vienna
is a totally veggie-friendly city, with many cafes and restaurants serving vegan and vegetarian food exclusively.
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
It is rare to find a restaurant that is exclusively vegetarian, and even rarer to find one that has been awarded Michelin stars. TIAN’s menu is totally meat-free and employs a refreshingly creative take on vegetarian cuisine – a welcome change from the half-hearted veggie options that often appear on menus. The founder, Christian Halper, has a strict philosophy of using fresh, seasonal ingredients, dispelling the myth of vegetarian diets consisting of ‘rabbit food.’
Der Wiener Deewan
Wiener Deewan is a hidden gem
, shining conspicuously on one of Vienna’s most bourgeois streets. Unlike the parade of expensive boutiques that surround it, Deewan is warm, friendly and unfailingly welcoming. At the end of the meal – which you serve yourself from an open kitchen – the bill is decided entirely by you. Not only does this make it one of the most affordable options on this list, but also one of the most relaxed. Tip: don’t get too carried away with the all-you-can-eat mains, and leave some room for the delicious Pakistani desserts.
Restaurant, Contemporary, Austrian, none
Simple and honest, Restaurant Landia’s menu primarily features vegan dishes, with many thoughtful creations among the simple yet tasty salads and soups. Sample their vegan version of Apricot dumplings for dessert – a worthy finale to a delicious meal.
Chuchina Dancing Shiva Superfoods
Restaurant, European, none
Don’t be disheartened by the description of a ‘raw food restaurant’. The dishes at Chuchina are inventive and full of flavour – colourful curries, wraps packed with greens and pizza and pasta dishes. The breakfasts are the true stars of the show – Rose Berry Chia Pudding and a ‘Purple Rain Bowl’. For €24, you can sample the raw brunch buffet.
Restaurant, Contemporary, none
Cosy and comforting, Hollerei uses seasonal ingredients to create innovative dishes. Finding the perfect veggie burger is a tricky task, and Hollerei offers a perfectly respectable interpretation; quinoa bean patty, tomatoes, a generous serving of salad and homemade potato wedges on the side. Not only are they an ambient restaurant
, but also a provider of cookery classes, passing on their expertise in vegetarian and vegan cuisine.
Restaurant, Contemporary, none
Although not exclusively vegetarian, meat-free dishes are Wrenkh’s speciality and passion. It is a refreshing change to see to attention diverted away from meaty dishes that often dominant menus – vegetarians are all too used to only having one or two options to choose between. The lunch menu (two dishes for €9.50 or three for €10.50) changes daily and always features interesting eats.
Fast Food, none
Vegans want treats too, of course. Swing Kitchen is the Viennese
vegan’s go-to joint for fast food – partially devoid of guilt. Burgers and chips are the focus, with a good few varieties to choose from. ‘The Vienna Burger’ offers vegans the chance to experience a veal-free version of the city’s national dish, Wiener Schnitzel, made using a breadcrumbed soy patty. All the fast-food essentials feature on the menu; nuggets, coleslaw, onion rings and wraps. Even the desserts impressively follow suit with the vegan theme – with offerings of tiramisu, muffins and ‘cheese’cake.
Vegetasia Experimental Soya
Restaurant, Asian, Fusion, Vegan, none
The first vegan restaurant to open in Austria, serving Asian-influenced meat-free cuisine. The chefs aim to be adventurous with their menus, taking all the essential veggie fare and creating tasty and healthy dishes such as the speciality ‘Taiwanese fondue’. All their food is entirely free of glutamate.
Harvest Cafe Bistro
Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
Soya Goulash, gluten free dhal and a vegan cheeseburger are a few of the meat-free dishes on offer at the Harvest Cafe Bistro, self-described as ‘a small wellness holiday’. Some wonderful homemade drinks are offered, including speciality beers, herbal teas and coffee made with soya, oat or rice milk.
Cafe, Farm Shop, Healthy, $$$
This is a hidden gem, tucked away in the backstreets of Hietzing. Although inconspicuous, the tempting smells from the kitchen will likely draw your attention. The cooks make a large pot every day, usually a curry or casserole, and the interior is very simple and intimate. The health food store stocks a good selection of vegan ingredients.
Restaurant, Middle Eastern, $$$
Located centrally in the 1st district, Kardamom serves up a medley of homemade Middle Eastern cuisine, making for a simple yet satisfying dinner joint for hungry veggies. The falafel is a must-try – perfectly crunchy and accompanied by generous side servings.