Being a vegetarian in Salzburg is not only easy but entirely enjoyable. There’s a strong local agriculture culture and numerous farmers’ markets selling fruit and vegetables that come from surrounding areas. The best cluster of vegetarian restaurants can be found in the Old Town and there is a range of specialty food and health stores around the city.
Although the Austrian diet is famously meat-heavy, Salzburg has a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan cafes and restaurants to choose from. Here’s our pick of some of the best.
Cafe, Contemporary, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Not only is there a scrumptious spread of vegan and vegetarian mains on offer here, but there’s also a delightful selection of cakes and aromatic fair trade coffee. With a policy of omitting the use of microwaves and dodgy ingredients, such as monosodium glutamate, aspartame and white sugar, you can rest assured that your veggie or vegan meal is only full of the good stuff. Breakfast is served between 8 am and 11 am and you can sample dishes like the Heart of Joy Breakfast (chai latte with rice milk, homemade spreads, vegan butter, vegan ham as well as two bread and vegetable sticks).
Restaurant, Contemporary, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
By using regional products from areas surrounding Salzburg and with a strong belief in sustainability, The Green Garden has created a menu that is both ethically aware, wholesome and most importantly, delicious. The chefs here are passionate about innovation in the kitchen and are always looking to create new and exciting meat-free dishes for their diners.
Restaurant, Contemporary, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Restaurant Milton’s ever-evolving, primarily vegan, menu is bursting full of colour and zest. As true dedicatees of hearty and wholesome cuisine, the chefs only ever use the very best ingredients, ensuring that every morsel they source is ‘regional, seasonal and ecologically responsible’. This philosophy pays off, as each dish is carefully curated and deliciously nutritious. Even the desserts are predominantly guilt-free, with a changing selection of vegan cakes and tarts.
Cafe, Contemporary, Fusion, $$$
This 100% vegan bistro is a conspicuous joint with a stylish, hipster vibe. Each dish at GustaV is thoughtfully presented, never lacking in colour or taste, and is entirely cruelty-free. The owner’s philosophy is to create joy and happiness through their food and by spreading their message of ecological consciousness.
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Asian cuisine is well-known for being accommodating to vegetarian diets, with lots of room to be creative with spices and herbs. Indian restaurant Taj Mahal specialises in vegan and vegetarian cuisine, with a generous menu containing dishes like jalfrezi, which is made using aubergine and tomato or navrattan, a blend of vegetables, nuts and raisins.
Restaurant, Fast Food, $$$
Those craving carbs in Salzburg should head straight to BioBurgerMeister. Located on the lovely Linzergasse street, this gourmet restaurant has a sincere approach to its burger curation, taking special care to source fresh and organic meat and vegetables straight from local farms. Not just a mecca for carnivores, the restaurant also caters to both vegans and vegetarians.
Restaurant, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegan, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, $$$
This restaurant serves guilt-free street food for those who want to eat conscientiously. Taking inspiration from around the globe, My Indigo prepares a colourful spread made up of sushi, salads, curries, ramen soups, couscous, homemade lemonade, organic coffee and brownies. They also offer various ways to personalise your meal, with lactose-free, gluten-free, low-carb and vegan options available.