It’s not the culinary stereotype one immediately associates with Vienna, but the vegan vittles of this schnitzel-focused city are not to be missed. Sprinkled around the city, and ranging from cupcake bakeries to upscale dining, vegan-friendly food is just a quick Google-search away.
Vegan or otherwise, Veganista is arguably some of the most decadent ice cream you’ll ever taste. Offering classics like vanilla and chocolate, both locations (and the occasional summer pop-up) also scoop up new concoctions like basil, matcha and orange-saffron-olive.
Swing Kitchen is the answer to vegan diner food in Vienna. With a definite nod toward American diner culture from the 1960s, this chain offers burgers, fries and soft-serve ice cream cones (with a few healthier options thrown in for good measure). Visitors can find an extensive and strictly vegan menu that includes burgers inspired by our city’s famous schnitzel. And, unlike many American burger joints, Swing Kitchen also serves decent coffee. The location on Operngasse 24 is roomier, offering guests more seating and a better layout, while the Mariahillfer Straße restaurant is a great mid-shopping pit stop.
Yamm isn’t strictly vegan, but does offer an upscale buffet style that works nicely for office lunches or family dinners when you want to cater to wider vegetarian diets. With fabulous soups, traditional Austrian cakes and tea from Demmers, Yamm is slightly more pricey than some of the other veg options in the city; it fits the bill when you want to splurge on vegan delectables.
Pirata Sushi floats its strictly vegan menu in the ocean of Vienna’s sushi restaurants and generously caters to those committed to a raw diet. Substituting beet, pumpkin and dragon fruit for fish, their menu options won’t leave you stuffed, but this rendition of sushi is a delectable and interesting treat.
Veganz is one of a few vegan-specific grocery stores in the city. With a vegan-only mandate for all the products they sell, this shop can reduce some of the label-reading stress that accompanies most vegan shopping trips. Veganz offers its own range of vegan consumables, but also brings in products that are otherwise impossible to source in the city, including the much sought after North American Daiya brand of vegan cheese products. Veganz also sells a number of beauty products, cleaning supplies and pet foods. Slightly more expensive, Veganz is a fantastic resource for both vegan newcomers and seasoned vegans new to the neighborhood.
Don’t limit yourself to vegan-specific restaurants, with a few exceptions, you will be fine in most omnivore restaurants. Compared to other major European cities, Vienna remains one of the more vegan-friendly locations with most places – even those that don’t specifically identify as vegetarian – being knowledgeable and willing to accommodate your dietary needs.
And don’t worry, almost every café and coffee bar has soy or oat milk options — so, vegan or not, you won’t miss out on the traditional Viennese café culture.
Did I miss something? Make your own vegan-friendly suggestions in the comments.
More of a veggie person? Check out our guide to gluten-free Vienna.
NomNom vegan bakery
2., Lilienbrunngasse 5
1., Universitätsring 10
7. Neubaugasse 80
4., Margaretenstraße 44