CLOSED: JO Johannis

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 3 Reviews
A 100% vegan cafe with a weekly menu. Only one dish per day on first come, first served basis. Serves 16 fresh soy ice cream flavors. Drinks include a unique in-house-made ice tea. SHUT DOWN DEC 2013 PER ITS FB PAGE - LOOK FOR NEW LOCATION. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, International, Take-out

Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-7:30pm, Sun 2-7pm.

  • Outdoor seating
  • Cash only


First Review by Tara HD
  • vegan

good burger and GREAT Lebkuchen (gingerbread)

Posted on 12 / 18 / 2013

I planned a visit to JO Johannis on my day-trip to Nuremberg from the moment I saw on their Facebook page that they made vegan Lebkuchen (Christmas gingerbread). Lebkuchen at Christmastime is one of my favourite memories from childhood, but I usually feel left out at Christmas markets because I can no longer eat traditional (non-vegan) Lebkuchen. The Lebkuchen was so delicious that I had to buy some extra to take away so I could continue to enjoy them for a few more days.

My dinner companion and I shared a burger (that's on the regular menu) and a pasta bolognese that was part of the weekly menu. The burger was especially good with its vegan bacon and special sauce . . . and definitely filling. I also enjoyed the pasta. It was hearty and simple. JO Johannis also makes their own iced-tea. We had one mango and one passionfruit . . . both refreshing and not too sweet.

The atmosphere is comfortable and sitting down for food in the late afternoon was a nice break from walking around Nuremberg. (JO Johannis is only a short walk from the Kaiserburg and the Albrecht Dürer House.) The service was a bit reserved but I find this quite common in Germany (where servers tend to leave you alone to enjoy your food and dinner companions).

Pros: reasonably priced, tasty, hearty food, GREAT Lebkuchen (and other sweets)
  • vegan

Decent food, great presentation, amazing ice cream

Posted on 09 / 21 / 2013

The layout, service and presentation of the food were all great. I had a totally different experience from the first reviewer.

The 2 meals of the day were a burger with salad, tortilla chips & dip. The other option was couscous with vegetables. I had the burger.

The burger was just a big gluten patty and not that great, but the sauce and toppings on it were very good. The dip on the side was amazing, one of the best ranch dips I've ever tasted. The salad was...meh OK.

They have 16 different flavors of ice cream. I had a cone with chocolate & hazelnut. It was really good!

I didn't have any service problems or hear any excuses. The staff was very friendly to me, despite being very busy when I was there. Prices were a little higher than average places, but not bad.

I'll definitely go back.

Pros: All-vegan, Ice cream
Tara HD
Tara HD
  • vegan

Nice vegan café but could do better

Posted on 08 / 22 / 2013

JO Johannis is a great addition for vegans in Nuremberg. They offer one daily meal, cakes and ice cream. I had the daily meal once. It was good but rather simple. I also went there for ice cream several times. They have a lot of different flavors and the ice cream is pretty good. I can also recommend their home-made ice teas.
Unfortunately, I find the service a bit too low-level and rather unfriendly. I heard the phrase, "We are a vegan café and therefore we do not offer this" way too often when people asked for certain ice-cream flavors or beverages with dairy. Most of these things can easily be made vegan and I don't see a point in lecturing customers (including kids) and to scare them off rather than offering alternatives in a friendly way.

Pros: vegan, lots of different ice-cream flavors, very good home-made ice-tea
Cons: service could be better and friendlier, only one daily meal, no sundaes


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