Vegetarian cafe serving breakfast, lunch, coffee, shakes, and cakes. At least one main dish and one soup is always vegan. Find items like Indian curry with rice, veggie sandwiches and wraps. No smoking or alcohol. Hosted by the Sri Chinmoy Foundation. Nearest bus stop is Mirabellplatz. Open Mon-Sun 08:00-19:00.

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148 Reviews

First Review by gr8vegan


Points +19

25 Nov 2023


The place is nice and warm (although we found strange to find pictures and statues of a man we did not recognize). The meal on the other hand very disappointing, we had two mediocre sandwiches done probably in two seconds with chewy bread and a slab of tomato plus salad and packaged veg ham. Horrible taste. And then a curry plate with uncooked potatoes and watery eggplant. The lentil dal sported hard lentils. But the omelette was ok…
The pictures are a bit misleading, the taste of food is actually unremarkable.

Pros: We got in without reservation , Employee friendly

Cons: Worship of a guru



Points +39

07 Nov 2023

Excellent food, service and venue

Very comfortable to stay, the food is really excellent, there are MANY options and the price is good.

Pros: food, good portions and tasty, service, price


Points +65

17 Sep 2023

Very friendly service, cultish vibe

I was there for breakfast, which was very good, it could have been more bread for the price. Staff was very friendly.
The place has a little bit of a cultish vibe, pictures of a spiritual guru (Sri Chinmoy) are all over the walls, and there is even a TV playing clips. It is a bit weird, but as far as I understand the restaurant owners are just fans of his meditation teachings. I would go there again.

Updated from previous review on 2023-09-17

Pros: Very friendly, Lots of space

Cons: Strong esoteric vibe


Points +349

12 Sep 2023

Wochengerichte alle nicht vegan

Bei den wechselnden Gerichten der Wochenkarte war kein einziges veganes dabei. Und insgesamt war die Auswahl an veganen Gerichten überschaubar. Ich hatte das Curry, was ok war. Service war aber sehr freundlich.


Points +51

Mostly Veg
10 Sep 2023

Lovely Meal and Venue

Hubby and I visited Salzburg on a Sunday, and our vegan restaurant options were limited. However, it allowed us to stumble upon this gem of a restaurant! The service was efficient and attentive. MANY Vegan options. I had the tofu curry (daily curry) and husband had the “ham” sandwich and daily soup. We finished the meal with dessert- mine was a chocolate slice of plant-based heaven!

Pros: outdoor seating , Many vegan options, excellent service

Cons: cash only


Points +95

27 Aug 2023

Sehr leckeres und gesundes Essen!

Sowohl das Essen auch das Personal ist super!


Points +1206

22 Aug 2023

Partially wheelchair accessible

Outdoor seating is wheelchair accessible, inside area and toilets are not.

Staff was friendly and helpful.
Menu was available in German and English.
Vegan options are clearly labeled and there's a good many of them.
I went with the Heart of Joy salad. It was decently large, but it tasted bland and uninteresting. I felt like the price for it was too high.

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-22


Points +171

16 Aug 2023

Highly recommend

I went there for lunch with my family as the only vegan, but everybody really enjoyed their food.
We tried the Curry of the day (with potatoes, cauliflower and carrots) and the falafel wrap. On the side of both these dishes you get a salad and the curry also comes with brown or white rice.
The portion sizes were perfect for us, sadly we couldn't try the desserts, but they looked delicious.
The staff was also very friendly and we would come again, if we are in Salzburg.
We went on a sunday and made a reservation, which was definitely the right choice, because they were almost completely booked.

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-16

Pros: Clearly labeled vegan options & variety, All day breakfast (on sundays), Very friendly staff & seating outside


Points +20

09 Aug 2023

Ottima scelta

Tante opzioni vegane per ogni pasto, eccezionale


Points +16

02 Aug 2023

Best vegan cakes in Salzburg

I love spending time here and one big plus - the vegan cakes are tremendously good.

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-02


Points +240

30 Jun 2023

Lovely food and staff - cash only!!

We stopped by for a little lunch and enjoyed the falafel wrap and tofu ciabatta. Food was lovely, staff attentive. Lots of drink choices. A must stop if you like all things spiritual. It’s cash only, there’s a bank right round the corner with a cash machine inside.


Points +310

29 Jun 2023

Great option for lunch

Great option for lunch in Salzburg. We tried the 2 vegan sandwich and they were both all right! A little bit pricy.


Points +88

09 Jun 2023

Great food but

Really good food! However, the vibe is not as cozy and I personally do not like the that it's centered around Sri Chinmoy.


Points +195

08 Jun 2023

Not great for the price

I ordered the lentils which came with rice and side salad, and my mum ordered an oat milk latte with berry cake. The lentils turned out to be mostly rice, over half the bowl being plain basmati rice, and the salad was swimming in dressing. The cake wasn't exactly tasty. I wish I could rate this higher because it's always great to see an all-vegetarian restaurant, but the food was just okay at best and unappetizing at worst. Especially for the price, it wasn't worth it.


Points +148

07 Jun 2023


Einige vegane und sogar rohvegane Optionen!


Points +208

06 Jun 2023

We went 3 or 4 times in 2 days 😂

So good. Sitting outside is nice but inside is big, bright, and open. Staff is super friendly. Bread is very good. I had bread, porridge, ham, two sandwiches. My mom loved the caprese sandwich! (She got it 3 times)

Pros: Environment , Bread


Points +28

05 Jun 2023

Gutes Veganes Frühstück

Entspannte Atmosphäre. Leckeres Brot und porridge. Sehr freundliche Bedienung!:)

Updated from previous review on 2023-06-05


Points +960

03 Jun 2023

Good food

The place is cute with a nice terrasse, service was a bit slow. We had the vegan breakfast which was healthy but basic, with vegetarian chocolate cake with was very good according to my friend. I was a bit disappointed by the chai latte, which was not warm enough, I found it weird that the tea bag was in the cup.


Points +547

23 Apr 2023

Sehr angenehm

Sehr zentral, freundlich und lecker. Etwas teuer, aber in Ordnung.


Points +900

11 Apr 2023

Bring cash

We enjoyed our breakfast here. It was delicious, although slightly too sweet (especially the porridge). Big plus is that they serve vegan hot chocolate! Unfortunately, you cannot pay by card and seeing that the meals are rather pricy you should definitely bring quite some cash. That's why I deducted one star.

Pros: Vegan hot chocolate

Cons: Cash only


Points +88

24 Mar 2023

Good food

We decided to go with the daily curry, which was great, though it lacked a bit of flavour. The place itself is really spacious, which is nice.

Pros: Great food, Spacious

Cons: Cash only


Points +339

18 Mar 2023

Vegetarian restaurant in the central location

It is vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan dishes, incl. breakfast, lunch and desserts options. We ordered soup of the day - intense in taste, but very tasty soup made of wild garlic, falafel wrap that came with a salad (very big portion!), fresh juice and coffee ☕️ there’s a lot of space to sit inside and nice outdoor garden. The place is inspired by meditation and spirituality 🧘🏻‍♀️ it’s located on the way from train station to the old town

Pros: Plenty of vegan options , Lot of place to sit , Tasty food

Cons: Cash only


Points +583

13 Feb 2023

Good food

We visited the place for a late lunch. The service was fast, there are some vegan options. We had the soup of the day (which is vegan) and a falafel wrap. They offer vegan milk for coffee/tea. A little overpriced. Cash only.

Pros: Some vegan options

Cons: Cash only payment, Quite expensive


Points +1218

06 Jan 2023

Nice food and dessert and lovely staff

Cakes were delicious, and so were the lentils and rice. Staff is the sweetest. Reccomend! Only problem they dont take cards, but there is a bank just around the corner for withdrawals


Points +810

06 Jan 2023

It’s okay

Not much for vegans, it’s very heavily vegetarian. Bit of a culty vibe but the porridge was a good way to start the day and the sandwich was small but good to take on the go

Updated from previous review on 2023-01-06


Points +16

04 Jan 2023

Lecker vegan!

Das Porridge & Cappuccino war super lecker und es gab auch viele weitere vegane Auswahl! :)

Pros: Super leckere und vegane Auswahl!


Points +31

02 Jan 2023

Good breakfast if you're not vegan.

The four of us all chose the vegan breakfast which was quite small in size. We asked for extra bread and plant milk which was charged extra. The vegetarian breakfasts with eggs all around us looked much better. This explains a bit the good reviews on google.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Vegan breakfast, Coffee, Plant milk and more than 2 slice bread costs extra

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