Wanna know where to find the best vegan food in Vienna? Two hungry vegans spent the whole summer eating our way round the city to find out! Here’s our Vegan Guide to Vienna.
Is Vienna Vegan Friendly?
We know Vienna very well - it's the city where we met, and Paul lived there for years. For food Vienna is one of the most vegan friendly cities we've been to on our travels across Europe. The first ever vegan restaurant in Vienna opened back in 1988!
In recent years, the city has seen huge growth, with new vegan cafes, vegan restaurants and vegan bakeries opening up across Vienna. The city also hosts the huge vegan festival Veganmania. And there's even an amazing 8 branches of Veganista so that in Vienna you are never too far away from amazing vegan ice cream!
You can find vegan options in quite a few Viennese cafes and restaurants. But for our Vegan Guide to Vienna we decided to include cafes, shops, and restaurants in Vienna which only serve vegan food. So you can feel free to choose anything you want off the menu, and feel good knowing you are supporting cruelty free businesses.
Vegan Guide to Vienna
Best for Gluten Free
Ausnahmsweise is a charming vegan and gluten free cafe. The owner Raphaela loves to bake, as you can see from the tarts, cakes and sweet treats that await you! They also have a changing weekly menu with two savoury dishes. Ausnahmsweise means 'exceptionally' and we found their food exceptionally delicious! We loved the chocolate and blueberry torte which was a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth.
Atmosphere: Modern, Rustic, Friendly
Price: €€ (We paid 3.90 for a large slice of cake, 2.90 for a drink)
Hofmühlgasse 18/5, 1060 Wien
Best for Brunch
Cafe Harvest is comfy Bistro and Bar which exclusively offers vegan food. From classic Austrian dishes to world cuisine, there's a great variety in their menu. We went for the All Day Brunch at the weekend and stayed all day, grazing on the flavoursome and really tasty food on offer. Our highlight was the limitless supply of our favourite sesame rings!
Atmosphere: Cosy, Shabby Chic, Living Room, Good Music
Price: €€€ (We paid 16.60 each for all day brunch)
Karmeliterplatz 1, 1020 Wien
Best for Sweet Treats
Oma's Backstube is a tiny vegan bakery with big cakes! There's not really much space to sit down, but if you want to grab a slice of cake or some Viennese pastries it's perfect. There's options for refined sugar and diabetic friendly cakes too. The cherry and chocolate cake we ordered was incredibly good!
Atmosphere: Tiny, Bright, Old Fashioned
Price €€€ (We paid 4.50 for a slice of cake)
Obere Augartenstraße 70, 1020 Wien
Best for Ice Cream
Veganista is the place to get vegan ice cream in Vienna. The queues outside the door let you know that this is ice cream worth waiting for! They have an exciting array of flavours, made fresh everyday with quality, natural ingredients. When Paul lived in Vienna, he lived just by their first Eissalon. Their Eis was his favourite ice cream, before he was even vegan!
Atmosphere: Fresh, Minimalist, Retro Tiles
Price: €€ (Great value for the best ice cream in the world )
Neustiftgasse 23, 1070 Wien
Margaretenstraße 51, 1050 Wien
Alserbachstraße 5, 1090 Wien
Taborstraße 15, 1020 Wien
Operngasse 34, 1040 Wien
Ungargasse 55, 1030 Wien
Amerlingstraße 19, 1060 Wien
Döblinger Hauptstraße 57, 1190 Wien
The LaLa is a fun and fresh vegan cafe with a Californian vibe, recently opened by the Veganista sisters. Their motto is 'very, very tasty plants' and they serve bowls, smoothies, and sweet treats to keep you fueled through the whole day. With fresh, mainly organic ingredients and superfoods they create healthy and nourishing food. We had the delicious Hollywood Hills bowl, but would happily try anything and everything on their droolworthy menu!
Atmosphere: Modern Chic Pop Quirky California
Price: €€€ (Good value for the quality and portion size)
Neustiftgasse 23, 1070 Wien, Austria
Best for Vegan Groceries
Maran Vegan is Vienna's 100% vegan supermarket. Located just off Vienna's main shopping street Mariahilfer Strasse, it's the best place to go to stock up on your favourite vegan groceries. You'll find vegan essentials such as Nutritional Yeast (Hefeflocken) and fridges and freezer full of vegan tofu, seitan, cheese etc. They even sell big packs of Beyond Burgers. As well selling organic fruit and veg, and packaging free dried goods, they have a Bistro which serves good value and tasty vegan food.
Atmosphere: Vibrant, Abundant, Eco Conscious
Price: €-€€ (Dal with rice 4.70, Sweet pastry 2.95)
Stumpergasse 57, 1060 Wien, Austria
Best for Fast Food
Swing Kitchen is fun diner style restaurant serving vegan fast food. Austrian couple Karl and Irene Schillinger set up the first Swing Kitchen in Vienna in 2015, and it was such a success that you can now find 5 branches across the capital. Swing Kitchen is the place to get a great vegan burger in Vienna - their schnitzel burger is very popular! We loved their sweet potato waffle fries, imaginative dips, and vegan tiramisu. The counter which shows how many resources they have saved by serving vegan burgers, was a really nice touch.
Atmosphere: Diner, Swing Music, Busy
Schottenfeldgasse 3, 1070 Wien
Operngasse 24, 1040 Wien
Josefstädterstraße 73, 1080 Wien
Währinger Straße 47, 1090 Wien
Schwedenplatz 3-4, Top 4-5, 1010 Wien
Elmira is a health foods shop with a small vegan bistro changing weekly lunch menu using organic ingredients, They sell dried goods and whole foods, loose coffee and there's possibility to buy other packaging free foods if asked. The make raw vegan sweets and treats, and have plenty of gluten free options. the dates we bought their were incredible!
Atmosphere: Bistro, Healthy
Vorgartenstrasse 129-143, 1020 Wien
Vegetasia is a vegan restaurant offering an all you can eat Asian buffet. They had a huge variety of dishes - sushi, summer rolls, hot and sour soup, stir fries, curries, dumplings, crispy soy and tofu, and exotic fruits... We found some of the dishes a little too greasy or bland for our tastes, but their were a couple of things that were very delicious. If you are looking for a vegan version of a traditional Asian buffet, then you'll find it here.
Atmosphere: Contemporary, Green and White
Price: €€ (We paid 12.90 each for lunch buffet plus extra for tap water)
Ungargasse 57, 1030 Wien, Austria
Simply Raw Bakery
Best for Raw Vegan
Simply Raw Bakery is a charming vegan cafe serving organic plant powered food. Here you can sit by the cobbled streets of the inner city and take time to enjoy one of the favourite pastimes of the Viennese - having coffee and cake! There are also delicious breakfast options and gluten free dishes. Expect to pay higher prices because of the central location. Paul loved his oat milk latte, bonus points for the super cute giraffe spoon!
Atmosphere: Classic flair with a contemporary touch
Price: €€€ all organic. 5.50 for a cafe latte, 3.90 for a slice of brownie
Drahtgasse 2, 1010 Wien
Best for Contemporary Austrian Cuisine
Venuss is a modern and fresh vegan restaurant in the First District of Vienna. Bringing vegan buffet into the centre of the capital, Venuss serves seasonal and creative food. At first we were confused of how to actually order and understand how much it costs (they have a pay on exit card system). But once we got our food, we forgot all about it. With their delicious selection of Austrian specialties and fresh, flavorsome dishes, this was the kind of food that we didn't mind paying the city centre premium for. Our top tip: Visit between 5-6pm for Happy Planet Hour and up to 60% off!
Atmosphere: Modern Diner, Colourful and Fresh, Birdsong Playing in the Bathroom
Price: €€€ (7.50 for a small mixed plate, 12.50 for a large)
Herrengasse 6-8, 1010 Wien
We hope you have as much fun eating your way around the city as we did! Don't forget to save our Vegan Guide to Vienna Map
Love und Liebe!
Sophie and Paul
PS. Check out our Vegan Recipes from Austria, so you make your own delicious Austrian classics like Kaiserschmarrn, Schnitzel, Strudel and more!
Have you been out to eat at any of these places? Discovered some great vegan place in Vienna you think we should include? Tell us your experience…