Travel Diaries: Restaurants and Cafes in Vienna

As a vegetarian, I always find it difficult finding food that I can eat. In some countries this is easy (Sri Lanka) and in others very difficult (I’m looking at you Japan). Generally Europe has a pretty decent selection of vegetarian food but I didn’t know how Vienna would fare. Would I be stuck with risotto and pasta (boooringggg) for the whole trip? Thankfully I wasn’t and some of the places we went to has some of the loveliest vegetarian food I’ve ever eaten.

I have decided to split this post into Food, where I talk about the restaurants we went to, and Cafes, where I talk about the cafes.

Restaurants

—– Erich

A small and intimate café serving all day breakfast is joint top in my list of favourite places Sister and I ate at while in Vienna. When we first entered out of the cold, the place was a haven of warmth. It was busy and bustling and as they don’t take reservation we were seated at the bar. The two of us were very happy to wait for a table and even if one didn’t become free we were happy to eat at the bar.

 

The first thing we did was order hot drinks. Soya latte for me and chai for Sister. By the time the drinks came, a table was free so we moved from the bar to a little nook and ordered our meal. I chose to go for an Acai bowl – my first acai bowl ever, and Sister went for a quinoa bowl with carrots and other seasonal vegetables.

It was absolutely delicious.

Sister and I have a rule that we don’t go to the same restaurant twice. But with Erich we tried so hard to make it there for the second time and just sadly ran out of days. That’s how good it is.

—– Landtmann Jausenstation – at the Schonbrunn Palace

Jausen Station is the other restaurant which comes top for me. Hidden away in the grounds of the Schonburnn Palace, it is very cute, very light and airy, and served season food which still has me drooling.

Their menu is extensive and they had a selection of vegetarian season foods. The two of us had built up an appetite wondering around the palace and the grounds so we chose large meals and planned to order a traditional Viennese desert too!

We both ordered fresh lemonade which was the perfect accompaniment. I had homemade pasta stuffed with pumpkin, organic alpine cheese, brown butter, and fresh herbs. Sister opted for potato dumplings with spring onions, pesto, and pine nuts. When they arrived our stomachs sighed with such longing.

The food was absolutely delicious. Rich and flavourful.

For desert we ordered Kaiserschmarrn – traditional Viennese pancakes with plum sauce.

This is what heaven is made off.

—– Juma

A Brassiere very close to our hotel, Juma was the first place we ate at when we landed. Their vegetarian options were limited but they did have a nice selection of salads and that’s what the two of us ordered. I find that some places serve amazing salads and some serve limp lettuce leaves and nothing else. Juma was more to the amazing side of the scale but they relied on leaves to make the bowl and seemed to skimp on the avocados and pomegranates and seeds.

I also decided to have an apple latte – something I had never had before. I would have loved the apple flavour to be stronger but the sweetness was very welcome.

—– Neni

This was the last place we went to for a meal. Located Naschmarkt  Neni served Lebanese food but not as it is in London. The mezze they offered was different and very tasty. We had three different types of hummous, aubergines cooked in curry powder, delicious bagels, and fresh still-warm naan.

Cafes

—– Trzesniewski

I think this is the place Sister was most excited by. Technically it isn’t a café, more of a healthy fast food place with very limited seating, but it also isn’t a traditional restaurant like the places above. Trzesniewski serves open sandwiches and the spreads they have are vast and delicious. They had a lot of vegetarian options and we decided to go for roast pepper, tomato, peas and carrot, and egg and mushroom.

I think we finished that place of food in about two minutes.

—– Hawelka

Hawelka was where we went straight after eating at Trzesniewski. The café was warm, dimly lit, and full of people. Sister and I sank into a very comfortable sofa and as we had plenty of room for desert, we ordered Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) and Topfenstrudel (cheese strudel).

It was delicious. The parsty warm and sweet and the filling incredibly moreish. I would have liked to stay in that warmth longer but we had planned a café tour of Vienna before we left and this was only the first stop of three.

—– Café Central

This is one of the oldest cafes I have ever been to and it was opened in 1876. Sister and I planned to go in there and sit and relax, watching the world go by. Instead when we got a table (there was a slight queue) and had a look at the menu we realised we wanted nothing from there. Not because it didn’t look amazing – it did – but because we weren’t hungry for a main meal and that was what they offered.

We enjoyed the amazing internal architecture before moving onto our final café of the day.

—– Griensteidl

This café is right by the Hofburg Palace and it was where we spent the most time. After traditional Viennese coffees and cakes, we ordered tea after tea and just relaxed, reminiscing about our holiday and planning our next adventure!

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