Vegan Guide to Luzern
Updated: Apr 6
Day trip to Luzern where we dined on some winning plant-based food. Big thanks to Lucerne Tourism for giving us some great insider tips! If you're planning a visit to this beautiful city, then make sure to check out these vegan and vegan-friendly spots:
100% vegan cafe run by two sisters Bettina and Carola. Their menu features cashew-cheese spinach quiche, purple beetroot risotto topped with tempeh skewers and vegan feta, and not forgetting indulgent peanut-cocoa cheesecake and chocolate brownies for dessert. Everything being homemade and full of flavour. They also have an extensive range of drinks including coffees, smoothies and beetroot lattes. Brunch available on weekends. Combine the food with an instagrammable boho interior and friendly service and PURA becomes an instant success. Located at: Furrengasse 7, Luzern
A stylish 100% vegan restaurant with views of the Ruess. Their mouth-watering lunch and evening menus feature wholesome and filling dishes such as wild garlic gnocchi and tofu burgers. We were able to sample a roast cauliflower dish with sweet potato mash drizzled in tahini-lemon dressing, which was incredibly healthy tasting and satisfying. They also have an array of sweet treats (refined sugar-free). We couldn't resist a poppy-seed 'n berry slice paired with a creamy turmeric latte. The restaurant interior has a cosy hipster vibe and the food is bang on. Located at:St. Karliquai 7, Luzern.⠀
Switzerlands 1st vegan cake shop! or at least we think it is (vegan since 2018). Serving everything from super-sized cupcakes with giant mounds of frosting to chocolate brownies, plum crumbles and choc-coconut slices. We tried their infamous chocolate 'n peanut-butter slice which was pure decadence. They also host all-you-can-eat vegan brunches 1-2 times a month for only chf33 (hot drinks included). We're already planning our trip back to get our next sugar fix. Definitely worth hunting out.
Located: Bruchstrasse 47, Luzern⠀
You'll swoon over the chic decor of this wood hued eatery with riverside location. Although they are firmly an omni restaurant their menu always offers several delectable vegan options which makes it destination point for every visitor. Highlights included a generous plate of ravioli served with salsa verde and toasted pinenuts, giant falafel submerged in a rich tomato sauce plus a stunning 'Othello' chocolate cake with lashings of sauce, stewed quince and pistachio crumbs. You can happily while away the afternoon people watching and not feel rushed to move. Located at: Mühlenpl.6, 6004 Lucerne
Jialu Chinese Restaurant
Upscale Asian dining room specialising in Chinese cuisine with an entire seperate menu dedicated to vegetarian and vegan dishes. We enjoyed the vegan bacon with black bean sauce and tofu with peanuts, peppers & chilli. The authentic flavours, rich sauces and innovative meat-substitutes make this standout from the usual Chinese eateries which are not normally so vegan-friendly. We were also impressed with the ornate interior with lacquered wood and rows of hanging lanterns. Open for lunch/dinner with views of the lake. Located at Haldenstrasse 4
Contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant. Mezze is served all day with a larger menu being available at lunchtimes and evenings. You'll find staples like turmeric hummus, beetroot falafel, couscous, mixed olives, pita bread and tajines. At weekends they host an oriental breakfast. Raw vegan cakes from 'Grain Glow' also on offer.
Located at: Himmelrichstrasse 12
A laid-back eatery drawing a diverse crowd being both child-friendly and laptop-friendly. The food has its roots in Italian cuisine with a modern flare. Their vegan pizza is a firm favourite topped with cauliflower, smoked peppers and cashew sauce.
Locted at: Claridenstrasse 2
Photo credits Petrus