Vienna, the capital of Austria, is an architectural goldmine and home to a lot of history. Although traditional Austrian cuisine is dominated by meat, there are a lot of innovative vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the city. Anyone who needs a fast snack, or wants a hearty dinner will find the right restaurant in Vienna. Take a look at our guide to the best vegetarian and vegan dining options in the city.
Cuchina places value on untreated and natural foods, as well as regional and seasonal products. These are used to create the best possible vegetarian and vegan breakfasts, which guests can order all day long unless they prefer a traditional lunch. Patrons can choose between various hot drinks, such as coffee, tea or different types of hot chocolates. Fruit juices and homemade lemonades are also available. Cuchina is not only a restaurant but an organic grocery store, and offers cooking classes which take place in the evenings and are held in groups of four to eight people.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-3pm; closed on Friday in July and August
The mixture of different food cultures in Vienna invites guests to enjoy the extraordinary taste of Nice Rice. This restaurant serves a mix of Persian, Indian and Austrian delicacies, and pays special attention to the selection of their ingredients. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner here, and it’s almost impossible to choose between the homemade pies and desserts.
Deli Bluem‘s mission is to use organic and plant-based foods in their menu. Start by choosing from their range of soups, and then try one of the many different main dishes, which should strengthen and balance your immune system. For drinks, Deli Bluem offers organic and fair trade fruit juices, coffee and tea, as well as beer from Austrian breweries. Anybody who leaves wanting more can enroll in a cookery course at Deli-Bluem.
On entering Gagarin cafe, you get the feeling you have entered casual get-together with its living room atmosphere. The cafe is an area to share and enjoy culture, music and politics; and, because of its location near the university, it is a focal point for students. Importance is placed on local, organic and fair trade products, but what makes Gagarin unique is that it is up to guests to decide how much they’ll pay for their meal.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2am; Sat 7pm-2am; Sun 4-12pm
The restaurant Hollerei is situated just outside of the city, but is easily reachable by public transport. It provides a relaxed ambiance, with a cozy wooden interior and a garden for beautiful summer days outside. Meals are influenced by Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, and are presented in very creative manners. Try the Indian lentil soup, followed by homemade gnocchi with leaf spinach, tomatoes and grana and herbal pesto – and to round off the meal, the last course should be the chocolate tart with ragout of rhubarb, vanilla ice-cream and roasted almonds.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; Sun 11.30am-3pm
Home Made is the lovingly created project of two young women. All products, no matter if drinks or foods, are organic, and there is the possibility to enjoy lunch menus directly in the restaurant or to take away. Once a month guests have the chance to create their own menu and experience the delicious brunch at Home Made. But it is not just a restaurant, it is a grocery store too. There, lovers of organic food and groceries of the best quality can find everything they need for their daily life.
Harvest Bistrot, a vegetarian bistro, offers ‘slow food served quickly’. The focus is on vegan meals, which are served at a buffet. In addition to this, guests can also choose from a tasty breakfast menu until 12, and great à la carte dishes throughout the afternoon. Guests can enjoy their meal outside, making the most of the beautiful view of the Karmelitermarkt and its church.
Swing Kitchen‘s industrial chic design and background music takes you back to the swing era of the 1920s. It is a fast food restaurant where you find excellent vegetarian burgers accompanied by different side dishes, as a menu or solo. The burger buns are made of soy and wheat, and the vegetables and salads are from regional farmers. Their extraordinary selection of drinks, like the home-made cola, are made from Austrian products and round off the whole experience.
‘Tian‘ means ‘heaven’, in Chinese, and in French it’s the name of a vegetarian stew. These words describe Tian restaurant perfectly. All the meals are carefully prepared, and are a experience for the the taste buds and eyes. Guests are able to choose between four, six or eight course menus, which utilize ingredients from the restaurant’s own garden. The great selection of wines is perfect for wine lovers.
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12am-12pm; the wine bar is open Tue-Sat 5-12pm
Naturkost St. Josef is both a restaurant and an organic food shop with a warm-hearted atmosphere. Guests will find a new and varied (vegan or vegetarian) lunch, soup menu that is updated daily. In addition to this, you can select from a great amount of salads, freshly squeezed juices, homemade ice teas and desserts. The food shop leaves nothing to be desired, offering everything from fresh vegetables, cheese, bread and chocolate, to basic products such as rice and noodles.