Eating out in Graz special – the state capital rediscovered
I regularly go to my home in Styria/Austria. And I always get to know great restaurants in Graz that also offer vegan dishes. Therefore I decided to tell you about it and to present some of my favorite restaurants and cafés with the “Eating out in Graz special”.
Hopefully you will come to the Styrian capital yourself soon and can try out my recommendations as well as making your own discoveries. Because what I’m presenting to you here is of course only a small part of the culinary landscape of this beautiful city. Please write me in the comments which restaurants and cafés in Graz you particularly like!
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The bakery is the young line of the Gotthardt Group and is very stylishly decorated. Wood and dark painted tubular steel dominate. One wall is painted with larger-than-life portraits of some family members. Great attention was paid to details regarding furniture and set up. Almost everything is branded. From the coffee cups to the napkins to the cutlery container at the table, the “Gotthardt’s Bakery” logo is everywhere. The parent company is located in Kaindorf in Eastern Styria and was founded back in 1938. The numerous other branches, two of which are also in Graz, are largely furnished in the style of a traditional pastry shop.
The Bakery, in contrast to the other places I write about in the “Eating out in Graz Special”, is on the outskirts of Graz in Murpark shopping center. As the name suggests, on the one hand it is a bakery with a wide selection of bread and pastries. These include some unusual varieties, such as the Kammut Pharaoh bread or the hipster bread with beetroot, walnuts and cranberries, for instance. And there’s of course a wide range of pastries available here. How can it be otherwise in Austria.
Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There is a large vegan selection here – almond milk rice, acai bowl and fruit salad – but of course also classics such as the bakery platter with jams, spreads, ham, salami and cheese. The whole thing is supplemented with healthy smoothies and bagels.
Burgers are available from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and they are very popular at Gotthardt’s Bakery. The spectrum ranges from beef, chicken, pulled pork and the vegetarian Feta burger to the so-called “Frohnatur” (“happy nature”). The latter one is the vegan version, with bulgur herb patty (see picture above). Alongside you can get either home cut french fries or sweet potato fries and lots of delicious sauces from mild to spicy.
Info – Gotthardt’s Bakery
Address: Murpark Graz, Ostbahnstraße 3 OG140, 8041 Graz, Austria
I have the feeling that this is a pilgrimage site for a predominantly young, urban crowd. During my visits to the branch on Grieskai and also the one in Kaiserfeldgasse, the café was always full. The interior of the Tribeka stores, of which there are currently four in Graz, is reflecting the style of its visitors. Incidentally, the name of the café is made up of the first letters of the German equivalent to “drink better coffee”.
The most important thing about a coffee house is clearly the coffee. But here the opinions naturally differ. Similar to the way it is known from the young Berlin coffee roasters, the coffee at Tribeka is rather on the sour side. Therefore, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea especially as an espresso. But as an americano or with milk, things look different though.
Since Tribeka is a café, the choice of dishes is limited to snacks. Bagels, ciabatta & Co. as well as some desserts are available. The choice for vegans is rather limited. There are the hummus bagel and the hummus ciabatta with greens, tomato and mango chutney that are purely vegan. Reason enough for hummus lovers like me to go to Tribeka. There is also a changing menu, which recently included tofu with peanut butter, tomatoes, cress and mango chutney or beetroot with apple, rocket and walnuts. By the way, gluten free bread is also available.
In the shop on Grieskai directly on the Mur river there is a second floor that is often used for co-working. Here you meet a lot of people – mostly students – sitting and working on their laptops. Tribeka does provide its own WiFi but power sockets are rare.
Info – Tribeka
Address: Grieskai 2, 8020 Graz und Kaiserfeldgasse 6, 8010 Graz, Austria
This restaurant and café was recommended to me by a good friend who works diagonally opposite in the so called “Landhaus” (state house) – seat of the Styrian state parliament. And she also was the one with whom I had lunch at Greenhouse. The restaurant and café itself is located in the old town passage opposite the Graz Toy Museum.
Greenhouse is an affiliate of the Ginko restaurant on Grazbachgasse. A vegetarian, vegan restaurant and coffee house. I definitely want to go there the next time I visit Graz.
Greenhouse itself only offers vegan dishes, many of which are also gluten-free. The interior is actually reminiscent of a glass house and was designed by a renowned Norwegian designer.
The food is bought locally and in organic quality wherever possible. During our visit, we both opted for the daily special – bean pot with bulgur and salad. And because it was so nice, we stayed for coffee and cake. 🙂 My friend had a gluten-free chocolate cherry crumble cake and I took the zucchini cake.
Info – Greenhouse
Address: Herrengasse 7, 8010 Graz, Austria (in the passage)
I noticed this restaurant on my last visit to Graz. Last time I also had lunch there and sat outside on the terrace. The second time was end of October and still so sunny and warm that you could sit outside without a jacket. Café Erde is a vegan place. It offers a changing daily special from Monday to Saturday for lunch, optionally with or without soup and in the evening à la carte dishes.
The lunch menu on my last visit consisted of a Frittaten (sliced pancakes) soup with root vegetables and a BBQ burger with vegetable wedges and a salad. Incidentally, this was my first burger with seitan patty I have ever eaten. I found it tasted very good and the firm consistency of the seitan was actually quite nice. The wedges were really tasty too. They consisted of beetroot, celery, potato skin and pumpkin. The salad had a fantastic dressing. If you go to Café Erde at lunchtime, you have to be prepared for the fact that you can only get the daily changing lunch menu. So it will be best to check their website beforehand if they’ve got something you like.
The à la carte dishes range from schnitzel with french fries (based on soy) to gyros (with fried soy strips) and falafel plates, burgers and wraps. As said, these are only offered in the evening.
Info – Café Erde
Address: Andreas-Hofer-Platz 3, 8010 Graz, Austria
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Anyone who has ever been to Graz has probably passed the futuristically designed Kunsthaus (art house), which looks like a large organ from the outside. The Kunsthaus café is located in the premises of the integrated old building that originally housed the museum shop. Another trendy café in the city center, which is very popular and couldn’t be missing in the “Eating Out In Graz Special”. If you want to have breakfast there on Sunday, for example, you should definitely reserve a table in advance.
By the way, Tribeka on Grieskai, from which you can read above, is just around the corner.
You can have an excellent breakfast at Kunsthaus café. The names of the breakfasts are borrowed from famous museums and art institutions around the world. In addition, there are many other large and small breakfast alternatives from bagels to pancakes to omelets. Then it goes on with the lunch and evening menu. In addition to changing lunch menus, there are soups, salads, bowls, the ever-popular burgers, finger food and desserts available. Everything is declared very well and the vegetarian and vegan dishes are marked with symbols.
The drinks menu is also very diverse. In addition to the classic coffee house beverages, there is a large selection of beers, wines, cocktails and spirits.
I went to Kunsthaus café for breakfast and chose the “Del Prado”. It consisted of three types of hummus – curry, beetroot and I suspect arugula – baby spinach, avocado, cranberries and a soy yogurt with berries, granola and boiled agave. It was fabulous. The bread is served in a paper bag. I had a coffee with it. You can pour yourself tap water into a glass or carafe as much as you want.
If you are from Germany, you are probably familiar with this chain. I have already written a detailed article about it, which you can find here. So I’ll keep it short and give you just a few facts about it.
The restaurant at the corner of Grazbachgasse and Jakoministrasse is furnished in the same style as the restaurants in Germany. So with a lot of light wood in both the furniture and the wall design. The whole thing is only interrupted by dark tapering of the benches and wallpapers with bird motifs.
Since it is a franchise restaurant, you will of course also find great parallels with the branches in Germany when eating. The standard menu includes the so-called “Good Life Bowls” with salmon, beef, chicken or vegetables (vegan and vegetarian). In addition, many snacks such as wraps and sandwiches. And I mustn’t forget the large selection of salads, which are grouped into “Sea”, “Veggie & Vegan” and “Chicken & Beef”. In addition, there are soups and curries that change every day. By the way, you can see the “Vegan Red Thai Curry” in the photo.
The food is labeled in the following categories: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free.
Dean&david also has many healthy alternatives when it comes to drinks. You get freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and drinks in the bottle from the cooling shelf. Dean&david even released their own “Cold Pressed Juice” series, for example the Green Guru with orange, apple, celery, spinach, ginger, lemon and Camu Camu. The hot drinks include coffee (soy milk + € 0.25) and bag tea, as well as fresh mint or ginger tea as well as matcha and chai latte.
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Tischlein Deck Dich
When I was looking for a restaurant with my brother that also offers vegan options, the choice fell on Tischlein Deck Dich.
It’s a bit hidden in the inner courtyard of the house Schmiedgasse 23. The furnishings are mixed together, but we still felt comfortable. When you come in through the glass door, you will see a coffee bar on the right, where you can get cakes in addition to the popular hot drink. Going straight ahead leads you directly to the cash desk behind which the kitchen is located.
Soups and main dishes change daily at Tischlein Deck Dich. Which are, by the way, all either vegetarian or vegan. The soup you get yourself from a large pot which you can find in the small room on the left. The main course, however, where you decide between large or small will be brought to your table. We weren’t very hungry when we visited Tischlein Deck Dich, therefore we only ordered a main course. We both chose the Teriyaki vegetables with rice. The prices are moderate. You pay € 6.80 for a large main course and € 4.80 for a small one. That means Tischlein Deck Dich is a good restaurant to spend your lunch break.
A fun detail on the edge. The toilets are in the courtyard which means to get there you have to leave the restaurant. But don’t worry, the toilet doors are right next to the entrance of the restaurant. It totally reminded me of Bali, where I have seen this more often.
www.tischlein.net (directly on the starting page you will find the current daily menu)
As the name suggests, this restaurant is located in the Eggenberg district not far from the beautiful Eggenberg Castle. I recommend that you combine a visit to both places.
From the outside, the Eggenberg doesn’t look very spectacular. It is located in a modern building with a glass facade. Inside it is very interestingly set up for this. The whole restaurant was completely redesigned during the corona lockdown. One part of the walls is covered with corroded metal panels, another with bricks, another with wood and then there is the part that was papered with newspapers. A dark metal shelf in the back area next to the kitchen serves as a room divider and even houses a nice, old Vespa. The tables are also made of metal with thick wooden tops.
The menu is designed in the form of a newspaper. We had the issue 01/03 2021 in our hands, so it was still the very first. It is a mixture of menu and background reports. The focus was on the major renovation and the new pizza oven can be seen on the cover picture. The very first article already suggests that Das Eggenberg attaches great importance to quality. All suppliers are carefully selected and mainly come from the region.
When it comes to eating, the focus is clearly on the wood-fired pizza. In the wood-fired pizza oven, the pizza is baked at 380° C for only about one minute. A Neapolitan style pizza is the result and it is extremely tasty. So we made the right decision. My companion went for a crudo with buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto and rocket and I took the hummus. The special thing about this vegan pizza is that the cheese is replaced by hummus and topped with oven tomatoes, aubergines and king oyster mushrooms.
In addition to homemade pasta, there are also Styrian classics such as the fried chicken salad, the popular burgers, but also steak and burritos. However, the vegan options can still be expanded. Vegans have to be creative and possibly seek advice from the dedicated service staff.
Incidentally, breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The offer is quite extensive and also includes one or two vegan options. The coffee comes from the Burgenland Library Café & Roastery and is already included in many breakfasts. On Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. there is brunch at Das Eggenberg. A reservation is generally recommended.
Among the drinks I would just like to highlight the Thalheim beer, which we liked very much. It is brewed at the oldest medicinal water spring in Styria of the same name.
I’ve never managed to eat in Salon Marie before. Although I am often in Graz, it took me until the end of June 2021 to finally dine there.
It’s a hotel restaurant, but doesn’t have much to do with the first thought that comes to mind. Salon Marie is a modern, stylish restaurant and yet has a certain elegance. But that can also be said of the Hotel Wiesler, on the ground floor of which the restaurant is located. You could call it urban chic.
The Salon Marie menu fits on a large sheet of paper, and that’s a good thing. Firstly, as a guest you don’t have to read as much and secondly you can be pretty sure that everything is fresh.
The dishes are cosmopolitan. Even with the hors d’oeuvres and soups, there are many well-known classics from French to Italian to American. For example a bouillabaise, risotto or beef tartare. The main courses range from American Prime Steak to Cordon Bleu Deluxe to roasted veal liver. And there are even four vegan main courses.
There were three of us and we had something from every category. Once there was the classic Wienerschnitzel with separately served parsley potatoes and lingonberries. Next up are the filled gnocchi à la Place Vendôme. And last but not least, my vegan pomegranate aubergine from the oven.
The desserts also promise a little trip around the world. There was, for example, Crema Catalana, Café Gourmand and Salzburger Nockerln.
The drinks menu is also very diverse. When it comes to water, for example, there is Thalheimer healing water. You may remember that was already mentioned at Das Eggenberg. By the way, there is the Pils from the beer of the same name.
What I would like to recommend – get advice from the highly trained service staff. They might even prepare one or the other drink for you that is not on the menu. Like our aperitifs or the excellent herbal Mule, specially mixed for the pregnant woman in our group. By the way, the evening can be ended wonderfully at the bar. Other cocktail variants are waiting to be discovered there.
Salon Marie is a hot tip for a cool evening in Graz with good food and excellent drinks. And all at fair prices. The total bill for our evening remained under 100 euros.
The vegan burger restaurants that originated in Vienna are now also in Graz. And if you’ve read my Burger Special Berlin, you will know that there are two branches in Berlin too.
If you want to eat (vegan) burgers, you’ve come to the right place. No matter if vegan or non-vegan, I think everyone likes it here. The latest creation is a bacon burger, which of course I really wanted to try. It’s absolutely delicious. And as Swing Kitchen describes it, “spectacularly”.
My companion opted for the Vienna Burger. This is equivalent to the schnitzel roll, which is very popular in Austria. And it was also highly praised by him.
In the combo with a side dish and a drink you will be more than full. Incidentally, there are as many refills as you want for the drinks. You can taste your way through all of the drinks, of which there are around 10 different types.
The branch in Graz is quite large and has an enormous ceiling height. In the front area is the order counter and to the left of it there are several seating areas. In the back there are about as many seats and the steep stairs up to the toilets. The predominant colors are black and white. The interior has a few fun details, like the old stove in the picture here. In the warm season there is a guest garden in front of the restaurant, which expands the capacity of the Graz Swing Kitchen by another 50%.
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