Vegans and those who want to dip their toes in the non-dairy cuisine once in a while will find their money’s worth in Neubau – this district is packed with restaurants, cafés and eateries serving plant-based and vegetarian food only.
At the all-vegan eatery The LaLa on Neustiftgasse, you can choose between sweet breakfast bowls, juices and smoothies, but also savory superfood lunch bowls and sweet treats. Everything is really colourful and perfect for the ‘Gram.
Right next to this eatery, you can check out the headquarters of the ice cream shop imperium that is Veganista. From the no-milk-product approach, creative flavours are born that you’d struggle to think up even when under the influence of a Veganista ice cream sugar high. You should also try one of the special ice cream sandwiches called Inbetwieners, or look out for all of their other crazy special events that they’re hosting throughout the year such as Krapfen, Zimtschnecken or Brownies filled with ice cream – YUM.
If you’re looking for a good lunch option, you should try Karma Food with a small eatery on Schottenfeldgasse. Their Indian-inspired soulfood lunch menu is changing on a daily basis, and you can choose among three different options, the majority of which is vegan.
Next on our list, and actually one of the latest additions to the vegan foodie scene in Vienna, is Vevi on Stollgasse. This is for those of you who are a fan of Vietnamese cuisine. Soups, salads, summer rolls, pho, rice dishes, desserts and ‘Vevi Specials’ – you name it, and it’s 100% plant-based.
A spot for those looking for some down-to-earth, nothing too-fancy but still hearty and delicious is Landia. At the almost all-vegan restaurant on Ahornergasse, their focus is on regional, seasonal, organic ingredients. You’ll find international, hearty, down-to-earth dishes such as Cordon Bleu, Pirogi, Schnitzel or Goulash on their menu.
Then there’s the fast-food burger chain on Neustiftgasse, Swing Kitchen, where they’ve got hearty, crispy, and filling burgers that come with fries and drink if you go for the menu option. We like to add their garlic sauce to our fries, just so we’re extra kissable for the rest of the day.
Loving Hut, which is part of a group with restaurants all over the globe, has a location on Neubaugürtel as well. They’ve got a wide variety of cuisines available, with a strong focus on subsidising meat. It’s one of those places where you’d also take your meat-loving friends, as the dishes are tasty, filling, and also affordable. You can choose from a wide variety such as spicy, stir-fried Chinese dish Kung Pao (with soy nuggets instead of the chicken), summer rolls to pasta, wraps, or burgers, so there’s bound to be something for almost every palate out there.
At the Chinese restaurant located on Kaiserstraße, Xu’s Cooking, they’re also serving an extensive range of meat substitute products – from fish dishes to duck, chicken and beef in many different versions, they seem to have it all. Almost everything on their menu is vegan, and vegetarian exceptions can easily be ordered plant-based too. Especially the daily lunch buffet is a big hit among their customers, where you can really fill your stomach from 11:30am to 3pm.
Oh, and if you’re looking for that special foodie experience that is an affordable version of Tian, the Michelin star gourmet vegetarian restaurant in the first district, check out Tian Bistro at Spittelberg. Dishes are exclusively vegetarian or vegan, with seasonal menus and suppliers from the immediate region they show their commitment to respect for nature, people and animals alike.