Eating Out: Vienna

Alex Bourke waltzes around the City of Music with Austrian vegans Daniela Lais and Madelaine Leitsberger.

Eating Out: Vienna

Home to Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss, Vienna has several times been voted the city with the best quality of life in the world. Shop in the Karntner Strasse pedestrian zone, ride the Ferris wheel in Prater Amusement Park, tour museums and imperial palaces, take in a classical concert or opera, and indulge yourself at over 50 central vegetarian cafés and restaurants.
Pastries and cakes are a mainstay of Viennese culture and cherished as works of art. Apple strudel with rum-soaked raisins rules, but seek out Sacher torte, invented by Franz Sacher in 1832, the ultimate chocolate cake with apricot jam filling, coated in dark chocolate and served with whipped cream. A dairy-free, organic version is at vegan patisserie and café Simply Raw Bakery, along with raw breakfasts such as Bircher muesli with almond milk, and light lunches like courgette noodles with pesto. We also love Nom Nom vegan bakery for cupcakes, cakes, macaroons and brownies, and the three Veganista ice cream parlours dishing up 18 flavours of soya-, coconut-, oat- or rice-cream cookie sandwiches, cones and cups.
Everyone's favourite restaurant Swing Kitchen plays happy, lively swing music in a New York industrial chic decor. Charly and Irene Schillinger turn traditional Wienerschnitzel into 'Veganschnitzel' in a wrap, plus five kinds of burger in a crisp ciabatta sourdough bun, served with chips or coleslaw and a drink. There are also falafels, Asian seitan 'duck' salad, and desserts include Sacher muffin and raspberry yogurt poppy tart.
Finish the day feasting on hearty Austrian pub grub at Rupp's, a cosy vegetarian pub complete with dart board, table footie and board games. Try schnitzel with roast potatoes, chilli sin carne, goulash, burgers, bratwurst, vegan apple strudel, and nougat crepes with chocolate sauce and vanilla custard. Main menu till 11pm, and vegan cheese toasties till closing at 2 or 3am. There are craft and organic beers, vegan wines, and a thousand whiskies from all over the world.

Yamm! is an elegant pay-by-weight vegetarian buffet restaurant next to the university, which also does vegan breakfasts.
• Vienna Veggie Wine Club host vegan tasting evenings at Yamm! every first Friday of the month (except January).
• Harvest Bistrot, opposite the Karmelitermarkt multi-ethnic food market, does a lunch buffet (Euros 15.50), weekend vegan brunch and lots of vegan cakes.
• Veggie Chinese restaurants galore include Vegetasia, Formosa Food, Xu's Cooking and Loving Hut.
• At vegan supermarkets Veganz and Maran Vegan, you can pick up fake meats, 80 kinds of vegan cheese, and eat in the restaurants.

Key Information

Simply Raw Bakery
Nom Nom
Swing Kitchen
Vienna Veggie Wine Club
Harvest Bistrot
Formosa Food
Xu's Cooking
Loving Hut
Facebook: Veganz Österreich
Maran Vegan
Facebook: Maran Vegan

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