Heart of Joy

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Franz Josef Strasse 3, Salzburg, Austria

Vegetarian cafe also providing vegan food. Breakfast and lunch served all day. One main dish and one soup always vegan. Daily curry special may not be vegan. Many gluten-free options. Vegan party first Friday of each month from 18.00. Vegan bagels/toasts, vegan cakes, vegan milk shakes and vegan ice cream during summer. No smoking, no alcoholic beverages. Free Wi-Fi. Nearest bus stop is Mirabellplatz. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, European

41 Reviews

First Review by gr8vegan

Good staff and ambience, Tasty food - Edit

I visited and had curry with rice which was good. Very welcoming staff. However, they serve eggs as well, which wasn't the case at other Sri Chinmoy inspired locations.

Pros: Tasty food, great location and ambience

Cons: expensive, serves eggs

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Delicious food - Edit

A vegetarian cafe with a number of vegan options. The curry of the day, and the lentil dish were both really delicious, with reasonable prices and good portion sizes. Service was fast and multilingual (German and English). Would definitely recommend.

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Great place for breakfast or brunch - Edit

Terrific for either breakfast or brunch in Salzburg. Great for vegans as it offers a great a variety of meals. Ambience was splendid as well. Very calm and had a great, positive energy to it. And yes! The food was yummy...though the servings felt a tad small. Still, two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Pros: Great ambience

Cons: Servings were a tad small

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Lovely lunch spot - Edit

Just a short walk from the main part of town through the park. Really cute cafe with outdoor seating for a nice day. Delicious chai latte! We had the vegan breakfast plate and the curry special which was beetroot. The breakfast plate was a little bland and quite small but still tasty and the curry was delicious. We also had chocolate muffins with ice cream and vegan whipped cream which were so good! Definitely would return and recommend.

Pros: vegan ice cream!

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Lovely cakes - Edit

We had drinks and cakes (kuchen). Menu had varied vegan options.

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-25

Pros: Vegan options clearly marked

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Good choice. Good food. Relaxed atmosphere. - Edit

They offer several vegan options. Everything we ate was delicious. The staff was friendly. We had a great experience.

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Visited twice - Edit

A great place to spend a rainy afternoon. We enjoyed the raw cheesecake and the great range of hot drinks. We also enjoyed the daily curry and dal, both of which are vegan. Friendly, fast wifi and lots of vegan choice.

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Lovely for breakfast - Edit

We went there for breakfast on a Sunday morning pretty early, it was already quite busy as it is clearly rather popular, we decided for two vegan options and they were both extremely tasty. The place itself has got a very good vibe, some (Buddhist?) music plays in the background and even the waiters are softly spoken. We liked it very much and would definitely recommend it.

Pros: Tasty food, Good vibe

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lovely, cosy place - Edit

really nice place in the heart of Salzburg where I met up with two of my lady-friends for coffee and cake. We've had several drinks (hot chocolate, different kinds of juices and coffee - all of them were delicious) and food. My friend had a vegetarian quiche, which looked delicious, I had a the green raw cashew cake, which tasted amazing!
service was nice and supportive, even though the girl told us she's just started working there. it took a while til we got our orders and could re-order though (the cake I ordered at the counter seemed totally forgotten).
prices are ok, I always expect vegan cakes to be more expensive than others but I'm very willing to pay that little bit more if I feel it was worth it afterwards :)
we've stayed for a few hours, which seemed to be no problem at all (unlike at other places in Salzburg) and I'm definitely coming back!

Pros: taste, variety, atmosphere

Cons: price (but compared, it's ok), attentiveness of staff

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Easter Monday lunch - Edit

I stopped by this cafe in Salzburg and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. Great soup, ciabatta and yummy desert.

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nice mix of menu - Edit

I can sympathise with tha last reviewer, sometimes it happens by accident that the restaurant forgets to make a vegan dish. Still gotta love a rotating menu for lunch. I'm happy to eat here.

Pros: rotating menu, tries to be vegan

Cons: hours, sushi is weird on the menu

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Disappointing - Edit

Disappointed with this cafe, the dish of the day wasn't vegan, food was rather bland and some of the staff were surly. They got part of our order wrong and almost served a vegetarian dish rather than the vegan one that had been requested.

Pros: inexpensive

Cons: surly staff, not many vegan options

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Cozy, colorful, nice staff - Edit

One of the very few places in Salzburg where tha air doesn't smell like smoke and where you can eat organic and vegetarian /vegan at reasonable prices.
You can sit outside in the sun, from spring til autumn.
You'll find the best cakes in town! (also vegan and sugarfree)
The staff is very nice, sometimes a bit slow (particularly at rush hours).
Update: We are quite often there, and I noticed that -unfortunately!- the staff is too often quite slow.. BUT: they have some more vegan dishes and (raw) cakes now :)
Updated from previous review on Monday March 10, 2014

Pros: open even on Sunday!, good quality, nice place

Cons: not a very big choice, sometimes staff is a bit slow

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cosy & fresh foods after a day of walking - Edit

I had the Heart of Joy Salad which was the perfect dinner after a day of walking in the hot sun. Fresh, real vegan food! There are a few other vegan things on the menu, but there are a lot with dairy.

Pros: location, fresh, real food!, outdoor seating

Cons: pricey salads.

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nice Cafe - Edit

vegan, vegetarian, glutenfree

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Great food, drinks, service and atmosphere. - Edit

Came here with two omnivores and one vegan and the food was loved by all. I got a curry, chai latte and an apple cake and all were perfect. The service was attentive and friendly and the vibe was welcoming. The assortment of books and teas were great too. If I didn't live on the other side of the world, I would come here all the time! Smiles all round.

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lovely atmosphere and terrific food - Edit

I was thrilled to find a veggie restaurant in Salzburg after trying to find something vegan in Vienna whilst traveling with a group. The food at Heart of Joy was fresh and delicious. I had the curry soup, a "ham" sandwich, and chocolate cake, all vegan. Everything was wonderful, the coffee was heavenly, the service friendly.

Pros: lots of vegan choices, dessert!, great espresso

Cons: the ham sandwich was only ok, needed more "ham"

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middle of the road - Edit

Nice food and atmosphere. Ate here for lunch with the family while on vacation and it was quite busy so hard to get wifi password. I did feel the menu/vegan options was a bit limited. They also sell vegan/veg products.

Pros: Good food, Nice vibe

Cons: Kind of pricey, Ok service

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Superdelicious cakes! - Edit

I've been there twice and both time I just ate one piece of the yummy cakes there and drank super delicious vanilla coffee, if I remember correctly :D

It's a very nice small but comfortable eatery/café, not everything is vegan but there are some options at fair prices :)

Pros: Friendly staff, yummy cakes, fair prices

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Great atmosphere! - Edit

I brought a few friends here, and my super carnivorous family and they loved it! Great food, good ambience, AMAZING staff and a lot to talk about and explain!

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Nice Breakfast - Edit

Went for breakfast, nice and friendly. Vegan options. There was outdoor seating that was wheelchair accessible, but if you wanted to go inside there were a couple steps.

Pros: Vegan options clearly marked, friendly staff

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Spiritual bistro - Edit

Heart of Joy is a bistro/café that offers for example soup, bagles and cakes. The atmosphere is very "spiritual", with kind of buddhist/new age paintings and trinkets and so on, but I found it not too obtrusive but in fact very pleasant. The interior is modern and colourful and the staff were very friendly and attentive.

Vegan dishes are marked on the menu which is very convenient! I had a bagel with smoked tofu and salad and a lentil soup. The soup was very, very delicious, the bagel was not so good because it was too dry.

Pros: Friendly atmosphere, excellent service, Vegan dishes clearly labelled, Delicious soup

Cons: A bit far from the touristic centre

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coffee and a light snack - Edit

a place that specializes in cakes and sandwiches.
great variety, vegan option clearly marked. any coffee can be served with soy milk.

Pros: unique for Salzburg, friendly staff

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Good - Edit

Soups and curry dishes were amazing and not expensive. Got even a vegan ice coffee :)
But don´t buy the Heart of Joy salad! (expensive and nothing special)

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Almost there! - Edit

We were on our honeymoon and found this place through a British couple in another restaurant in Paris. They said go here and eat the porridge for breakfast, so we did. First off, it was awesome! The best part was that it came with tea, a fresh juiced apple, carrot, ginger drink, and then a big bowl of porridge with fresh fruit.

The place does have lots of pictures of Sri Chinmoy. This is where my opinion changed a bit. The restaurant is not a vegan restaurant and the smell of eggs was actually disgusting. Then the chairs appear to be leather, which I am very against as a vegan. Third, the video playing of Sri Chinmoy has him with Mickel Gorbichov and his wife who is wearing a fur coat.

Why I mention all that is that if true progress will happen, we have to be 'Taliban' about veganism! We should never show fur, even in a video clip of a peace guru. Second, get rid of the eggs and cheese! Over 280 million male chicks die a year because of the egg industry. That may make for a 'happy cow' but not a 'happy male chicken.'

People were very polite and nice and the food was great but I hate having to ask 'Is that vegan?' when everything in there SHOULD be vegan.

Pros: Excellent food, Nice staff, clean interior

Cons: Serves stinky eggs, Possible leather chairs, Positively assosiates the wearing of fur

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The definition of 'reasonably priced'! - Edit

This is a nice little cafe style place with good cakes and great soups.
I opted for a toasted sandwich. It was tasty enough but they didn't do anything I could've done at home. It was normal what looked to be shop bought bread. The insides were not exactly imaginative either. But it does at least tell you everything that is inside it on the menu. As well as this, everything vegan was clearly marked. And the staff are friendly enough.

The soup however was gorgeous, and the cake was definitely worth trying (it was the vegan chocolate cake).

The prices are very reasonable as well, we spent in total €17,60. 4 stars.

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we all had a great experience - Edit

I went to this place twice for breakfast and twice for dinner when I was in Salzburg in September 2012. We ended up meeting the owner who is a super nice guy. He is an ultra runner and a disciple of Sri Chinmoy. He told us that at the beginning the restaurant was vegan but have to introduce dairy and eggs to attract more customers. My parents raved about the coffee and the vegan breakfast was very tasty. They have a daily vegan special that can be served for dinner or lunch. My favorite thing in the restaurant was the Apple cake, but the sausages with sauerkraut were a close second.

We happened to be there during the monthly vegan meeting. We met super friendly people and had a lot of fun with them.

Pros: people, location, apple cake

Cons: limited vegan items

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