It’s no secret that Tirol’s staple foods are satisfying and filling, usually prepared with lots of meat and dairy products. However, over the years, many restaurants and hotels throughout the country have continuously evolved and adapted to the fast growing trend of healthy living and diet. There are places that offer delicious vegan options, plus an ever-growing number of vegan-only eats. We tried some of them and created the ultimate list. Here are the very best.
Tirol’s capital Innsbruck has a variety of great restaurants for vegan food: Olive Restaurant on Wiltener Platzl square maintains an organic, 100% vegan menu while creating meals that are delicious enough to satisfy the most skeptical omnivore. Don’t miss their ever-changing line-up of savoury lunch menus!
“Oscar kocht” (translating to “Oscar cooks”) in Pradl is Innsbruck’s perhaps smallest plant-based food destination and the undisputed mecca for up to 12 visitor. With a menu developed by Mexican owner and chef Oscar, expect to find a variety of his signature dishes, all executed with creative flair and impeccably presented. The entire menu is vegetarian or vegan, and in the best way: Oscar is closing the gap of gourmet, meat-free options with creative dishes made from organic and local products whenever fresh and viable—he even grows his own vegetables.
D-Werk on Innrain is great for a quick, plant-based bite. You’ll probably recognise much of the menu – döner kebab, for example. This lovely eatery manages to feel super-comfortable and its veggie-based menu offering seitan-packed kebabs is a good fit for the modern surroundings. Ingredients are locally sourced where possible and all receptacles and packaging are eco-friendly and biodegradable, with a commitment to using no plastic and tin-foil. Unpretentiously eco, easily affordable and vegan.
Another place where you can indulge guilt-free is Manna on Maria-Theresien-Straße. This spot is where all the trendiest veggies and vegans congregate – thanks to the cool interiors as well as the wonderful vegan lunch option on offer each day. Plus, the menu offers a wide variety of fully plant-based delicacies.
If all this food talk has whetted your appetite, delve deeper into Tirol’s culinary scene with these vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants and hotels all across the country:
Naturhotel LechLife Tirol in Wängle
The philosophy of Nature Hotel Lechlife in Wängle revolves around the theme of “Respect life, respect yourself.” Here you’ll find beautifully prepared vegan dishes, drinks and biodynamic wines along with a wonderful combination of healing experiences, Ayurvedic treatments, yoga classes and vegan foodie workshops.
Holzleiten Bio Wellness Hotel, Mieming Plateau
Biohotel Holzleiten**** at Mieming Plateau chooses organic produce wherever possible. ln addition to superb organic cuisine, the hotel looks after the environment by using only sustainable, plant-based components, including eco-friendly cleaning supplies and certified organic skincare in the spa. Focusing on low human intervention, their food philosophy centers around seasonal, local and organic ingredients with delightful and innovative vegan options.
Biohotel Schweitzer, Mieming Plateau
As well located on the sun-drenched Mieming upland plateau, Biohotel Schweitzer*** has been Europe’s first certified organic retreat for more than two decades. Today, this serene resort is a place that is one with nature: In a world of busy, Biohotel Schweitzer stands apart as the wellness destination to soothe your soul. Very early, senior chef Maria Schweitzer has evolved her menus alongside the rise of plant-based eating—and has been awarded a “Green Toque”. In keeping up with this tradition, executive chef Marko Köller continues to offer sophisticated vegetarian and vegan dining with a twist.
Biohotel Stillebach, St. Leonhard im Pitztal
Embedded in the glorious mountain scenery of Tirol in a hidden region of scenic Pitztal Valley, the promise of calm beckons: Biohotel Stillebach*** is located in a beautifully isolated environment, providing a cocoon from external distractions and stress. Feast on 100% organic ingredients at “Grünzeug” Farm to Table Restaurant on premises, where fresh, natural dishes, including vegan options, are served.
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Biohotel Grafenast, Pill bei Schwaz
Offering delicious organic cuisine in a dedicated low tech environment, Biohotel Grafenast*** in Pill has been ranked among Europe’s leading eco-friendly green hotels by GEO Saison. Eco-friendly efforts to preserve and protect the indoor and outdoor environment are taken wherever possible, such as minimizing the electromagnetic radiations received by hotel guests. Proving that attention to detail matters, no two rooms are alike. As a guest of Biohotel Grafenast, enjoy an organic culinary experience with locally foraged ingredients enhanced by the imagination of resident chefs and awarded a “Green Toque”.
Bio-Landhaus Seethaler, Thiersee
Bio-Landhaus Seethaler is set among acres of lush meadows and forests in the peaceful village of Thiersee near Kufstein. This eco-friendly accommodation prides itself on the expansive edible landscape that surrounds the resort and the unbelievably fresh, organic produce it offers. The menu is seasonal with an emphasis on vegetarian and vegan specialties.
Vegan 5-Elements Guesthouse Klanggestalt, Iselsberg-Stronach, East Tirol
Situated amid vivid green environs in Iselsberg-Stronach, Klanggestalt 5-Elements Cultural Guesthouse is a gorgeous vegan destination that promotes guilt-free ‘clean eating’ at certified vegan Ederplan Restaurant. The silence and stillness of this mountain retreat revitalises tired souls and allows guests to rest and recover from their busy worlds. The Guesthouse boasts ten modern rooms and healing experiences that embrace Chinese Medicine’s Five Elements. The vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast buffet provides an energizing start of the day and cleverly contrived two or three-course vegan dinner menus round out the day. Vegan skincare and beauty supplies on the rooms and zealous vegan foodie classes and seminars make Klanggestalt even more lovable.