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Are you vegan and travelling to Salzburg? No problem!
While there aren’t many entirely vegan restaurants in Salzburg, it’s absolutely no problem to follow a vegan diet when visiting this historic Austrian city. With so many things to do in Salzburg, you’ll surely work up an appetite. And if you’re like me, half of my travels seems to revolve around the new and exciting meals I’ll try! I’ve compiled this handy vegan Salzburg travel guide for your next trip there.
I was fortunate enough to spend three nights in Salzburg, so I had many opportunities to dine at vegan and vegetarian restaurants, grab snacks and food on the go, and even visit a popular morning market. There were so many plant-based options to discover and I’ll help you find them.
Tip: If you’ll be spending some time in Salzburg, it’s worth picking up a Salzburg Card. It gives you admission to many popular tourist attractions, transportation around the city, and more!
THE HEART OF JOY
Only a few steps from Mirabell Garden, The Heart of Joy Cafe serves delicious vegetarian and vegan food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With a warm atmosphere inside and a spacious patio outdoors, you’ll surely enjoy your meal in a tranquil environment in either space.
The Heart of Joy emphasizes the importance of organic and fair-trade ingredients in their meals and beverages. Some of the meals are gluten-free. They also serve over 50 Ayurvedic teas from Nepal, coffee with plant-based milk, vegan cakes and raw desserts.
Justin and I dined at The Heart of Joy for breakfast. On the breakfast menu, there are a number of breakfast plates. We both ordered the “Vegan Delight”, consisting of a soy latte, vegan ham, porridge with fruits, vegan butter, jam and spelt bread. What a nourishing way to start the day.
The Heart of JoyFranz-Josef Strasse 3
Salzburg, Austria 5020
THE GREEN GARDEN
The Green Garden is a cozy vegetarian restaurant with vegan items clearly marked on the menu. I dined here for my birthday dinner and was happy to enjoy this extra special plant-based meal for my special day.
I started with a glass of lavender Prosecco that had a small flower in the glass. For the main course, I got the vegan burger with homemade potato wedges and dip, which really hit the spot.
Even though it was super filling, I couldn’t skip the chance to have another dessert that day! I couldn’t resist ordering the chocolate brownie with caramelized peanuts and ice cream.
Burgers, brownies, and more – it’s no problem finding plant-based meals with so many vegetarian and vegan Salzburg restaurants.
The Green Garden
GustaV is Salzburg’s first entirely vegan restaurant. While we didn’t have the chance to eat a full meal here, I was thrilled to stop for cake and coffee. I ordered a red velvet latte (coloured red with beetroot juice) and a slice of their cake of the day, coconut cream. Both were melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
While there are so many vegan options in this city, it’s great to have GustaV as the first vegan Salzburg dining establishment.
Uncle Van is a Vietnamese takeaway restaurant, specializing in vegan-friendly ingredients and sauces. It was quite a popular lunch spot when we visited, though most people chose takeaway meals and the line moved very quickly.
Make your own rice or noodle bowls by checking off which vegetables, protein, and sauce you’d like. There are eight sauces that are all vegan. You can add several different vegetables and tofu for a complete meal. There are also two vegan soups available to order.
While Uncle Van is primarily a takeaway restaurant, there are a few tables inside and outside, although these have a limited availability. Thankfully, we were able to snag a spot outdoors. Uncle Van has an interesting location, down a narrow, partially covered side street.
BackWerk is a grab-and-go bakery chain selling a variety of sandwiches and wraps, including a few vegan ones. The vegan food is clearly marked as such, and we loved the convenience of this place. Justin and I grabbed lunch here on our first day in town and kept a couple other sandwiches in our fridge for late night snacks.
Choose from a ranch tofu wrap, a guacamole wrap, a falafel wrap, an avocado sandwich, vegan schnitzel on chia seed bread, and more. Personally, I adored the ranch tofu wrap and the schnitzel!
While BackWerk isn’t exclusive to Salzburg (they have over 300 locations in Europe!), it’s great to find quick and easy vegan options that also taste great.
My Indigo is a healthy restaurant chain with four locations in Salzburg. There are other locations throughout Austria and a few in Germany. The location I visited in Old Town Salzburg is quite small, with limited indoor and outdoor seating. We ended up taking our meals to go and ate them back at our apartment. On another occasion, I happened to be wandering around on my own and I stopped there for a quick coffee on the patio.
My Indigo has several vegan options on the menu, including a vegan curry with soy chunks, salads, and vegan sushi rolls. They emphasize fresh and healthy cuisine, and the food is quite tasty for a fast food restaurant.
ORGANIC PIZZA SALZBURG
Organic Pizza Salzburg serves meat and vegetarian options, and there are three vegan pizzas on the menu. The vegan pizzas come with vegan cheese and vegetable toppings. You have a choice of wheat crust or spelt crust with hemp seeds.
The pizza is cooked in a wood-fired oven, and ours was perfectly prepared. We stopped here in the evening after a theatre production, and this pizza truly hit the spot for a late night snack.
Organic Pizza Salzburg
SALZBURG ORGANIC FARMER’S MARKET
Okay, this one isn’t a restaurant. But, you’ll find lots of vegan options in the fresh produce, preserves, and other fare from around the market.
It only happens on Friday mornings, so it was very good luck that we happened to be there on a Friday. There are many vendors selling fresh produce, flowers, and other treats. While I didn’t pick up any food or flowers, I managed to snag a couple of handmade vegan chocolate bars that were super yummy.
MANNER WAFER BARS
We discovered that a sweet cookie treat in Austria was naturally vegan: Manner Neapolitan wafers. You’ll find these for sale easily all over the country as they’re a local specialty. We ate so many packages of these cookies during our trip to Austria!
In Salzburg, we actually found a cereal version of these treats that was quite delicious. I love that everything is clearly labelled as “vegan” right on the packaging.
WHERE TO STAY
Justin and I stayed at Salzburg Place to Stay, a Salzburg luxury apartment in the pedestrian area of the historic old town. We can’t say enough good things about this accommodation. While we rented this apartment for three nights, we could have easily stayed much longer. We really felt like we were returning to our home every night after our daily adventures.
If you’re visiting Salzburg for an extended period of time or just a few days, you’ll have no problem dining out as a vegan there. There are many vegan restaurants in Salzburg to try new ones every day. We hope you found this vegan Salzburg guide to be useful and helpful for your travel adventures.
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