Eating vegan in Vienna, Austria
I always love coming back to Vienna, especially since food is amazing and there are more and more vegan places popping up. It's still so full of of history and imperial glamour wherever you look but also a very progressive and relaxed city. I often get asked which season is the best to visit and I couldn't give you an answer as each has it's special charm. Winter in Vienna is magical with it's Christmas markets and mulled wines. Spring is very romantic when everything starts to blossom (although the weather can be a bit temperamental). Summer is very hot but Vienna is very prepared with many outdoor gardens, cooling drinks (every summer there is another seasonal special), delicious fresh food and outdoor pools. Autumn is all about harvest, new wines and other alcoholic drinks like Sturm (which is a type of cider you can only get in autumn). Even though Vienna is a very modern city, most restaurants still don't accept card payments so make sure you carry cash with you. Below are a few places I visited while I was on holidays.
Let's start with one of the oldest vegetarian/vegan places: Hollerei. I don't remember when this restaurant was established but it's been around for ages and used to be an insider tip. This was actually the first vegetarian place I ever visited; that was 17 years ago! Since then nothing changed really. The food is still excellent, it has typical relaxed Viennese charm, the outside area is lovely and inside is cosy. We had a lentil soup, filled courgette with lentil tomato sauce and seasonal mushrooms, a burger and a soup of the day. All of them tasted very good. I can highly recommend this place and will come back on my next visit. They also have an art gallery next door so you can also feast your eyes on art. They are located very close to palace Schoenbrunn - you could have breakfast at Landtmann's Jausenstation (see below), check out the palace gardens, experience the palace where Empress Elisabeth of Austria used to live and then have lunch at Hollerei.
Hollergasse 9, 1150 Wien
Tel. 01/892 33 56
Mo – Sa: 11:30 Uhr – 23:00 (food until 22:30 Uhr)
Sun: 11:30 – 15:00
Holidays: 11:30 – 23:00 (food until 22:30 )
I love coming here for my first meal of the day. This vegan friendly breakfast/snack place is right in the middle of the palace gardens of Schoenbrunn (they are beautiful and really worth a visit) and it's quite romantic to sit in the middle of landscaped gardens while starting your day. I'm mainly coming here for the breakfast with tofu scramble (served all day), which tastes yummy and it's also a good place to take your meat eater friends for breakfast. Unfortunately the cappuccino with rice milk wasn't very good (the foam was mostly air and I had to ask for some extra rice milk) and the staff seemed a bit absent minded sometimes (although it really wasn't a big issue).
Schloss Schönbrunn, Kronprinzengarten, 1130 Wien
Tel. +43 1 24 100-380
25 March - 1 November
Mo-Fr from 10:00
Sa/Sun from 9 Uhr until the park closes
If you want to experience authentic Austrian restaurant flair without having to eat meat and dairy then I strongly recommend Silberwirt. There are very few vegan options (I think only three) but the vegan polenta dish with forest mushrooms and rich tomato sauce was so worth the visit. It tasted amazing! And if you fancy something else, Silberwirt is located in Schlossquadrat (a few courtyards with restaurants that are all connected and some of which also have vegan options). It's close to the tube Pilgramgasse in the 5th district that is lovely to explore by foot.
Schloßgasse 21, 1050 Wien, Austria
Tel: +43 1 5444907
Every day from 12pm–12am
Neni am Naschmarkt
No journey to Vienna is complete without a visit to the famous Naschmarkt, an open air market offering delicatessen from all over the world. It also has a huge variety of small market restaurants from Austrian cuisine to international and fusion. Neni is one of the places I often frequent when I come to Vienna. The vegan options in this Israeli place are a bit scarce (vegetarian is easier) but the oriental breakfast and Sabich (without egg) taste fantastic. They even sell their hummus in supermarkets across Austria, have a cooking school and do catering. They are normally incredibly busy (which speaks for them) but the waiters handle everything really well and are very friendly and forthcoming. So next time you visit the Naschmark pop into Neni. Or next time you visit Berlin, Hamburg, Tel Aviv or Zurich, as they have branches there as well. Unfortunately I was too distracted talking to my lovely friend Nina (not Neni) so I forgot to take pictures of the food. But I will try next time!
Naschmarkt 510, 1060 Wien
Mo – Sat 08:00 – 11:00
You may have noticed that I like my burgers, so of course I had to pop by Swing Kitchen as well. Austria's first vegan fast food restaurant is a junk food heaven. So far there are two restaurants in Vienna and I think more are to follow. They pride themselves in being fair trade, fair pay and don't use plastic packaging. Their burgers taste yummy and even convinced my carnivore brother who came along last winter (I am a regular). They have a nice selection of fast food classics and of the few I tried so far the cheese burger was my favourite. They also have a Vienna burger with Schnitzel, although it doesn't taste anywhere near the original meat version unfortunately. However, their other options are great and so are their organic lemonades. Pop by, check it out, you might even bump into me one day!
Schottenfeldgasse 3, 1070 Wien
Operngasse 24, 1040 Wien
Mo – Sun: 11:00 – 22:00