The best vegan restaurants in Switzerland

These ace venues will have you singing the praises of plant-based eating, whatever your day-to-day diet

By Tristan Parker
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The best vegan restaurants in Zurich

Marktkueche, vegan restaurant Zurich
Marktkueche, vegan restaurant Zurich

Marktküche

Treat yourself to some upmarket eating at this vegan fine-dining venue, which offers tasting menus of up to eight courses. Everything is exquisitely crafted, explaining why it’s won over countless carnivores and received a Bib Gourmand award from the Michelin Guide.

Feldstrasse 98, 8004 Zurich (044 211 22 11, www.marktkueche.ch).

Samses vegan restaurant Zurich
Samses vegan restaurant Zurich

Samses

Choose from à la carte dishes or load up on the vast buffet selection at this popular veggie-vegan eatery. The menu is a mix of traditional-leaning Swiss dishes, such as savoury roulade filled with vegan ‘bacon’, plus lots of global offerings in the buffet.

Langstrasse 231, 8005 Zurich (044 440 13 13, www.samses.ch).

The best vegan restaurants in Geneva

Tonic vegan restaurant, Geneva
Tonic vegan restaurant, Geneva
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Tonic Restaurant

Indecisive menu ponderer? Swerve food envy at this super-cool veggie-vegan buffet joint, where you can pile your plate with all kinds of good stuff. There are pies and heartier rice/ pasta/quinoa choices (plus desserts), but the fresh salads are the big draw, so build your own and zing it up to your heart’s content.

Boulevard Carl-Vogt 30, 1205 Geneva (022 320 02 30, tonic-restaurant.ch).

Be Kind vegan cafe, Geneva
Be Kind vegan cafe, Geneva

Be Kind Café

Everything in this cosy vegan café is made in-house, bar the breads and puff pastry, which come from a local bakery. The menu focuses on lighter lunch choices, such as bagels, quiches and salads, but there are burgers and desserts, too – all of it featuring wellthought-out flavour combos. There’s also Swiss craft beer and wine if you fancy a tipple.

Rue David-Dufour 8, 1205 Geneva (022 303 55 09, www.bekindcafe.ch).

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Aux Deus Portes vegan cafe, Geneva
Aux Deus Portes vegan cafe, Geneva

Au Deux Portes

Food at this welcoming vegan venue is well and truly varied, offering everything from sushi to dumplings and curries to quiches, plus mighty fine desserts. It also offers cookery courses, and there’s an on-site grocery where you can stock up on plant-based ingredients.

Rue Schaub 11, 1202 Geneva (022 734 11 22, auxdeuxportes.ch).

Ou Bien Encore vegan restaurant, Geneva.
Ou Bien Encore vegan restaurant, Geneva.
Ou Bien Encore

Ou Bien Encore

There’s a stylish interior and super-Instagrammable food to match at this veggie and vegan café near Plainpalais. The menu leans more towards daytime eating, including a packed weekend brunch plate and show-stopping desserts – such as chocolate and salted caramel cake made with black beans.

Rue des Bains 61, 1205 Geneva (022 556 76 77, oubienencore.ch).

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Mu-Food vegan restaurant, Geneva
Mu-Food vegan restaurant, Geneva
Mu-Food

MU-Food

Enjoy colourful cuisine with a ‘chefy’ touch at this stylish, well-regarded vegetarian-vegan restaurant. For something different, try the vegan ‘foie gras’, made with cashew nut terrine and truffles, or the pulled mushroom burger. Also look out for equally creative daily specials. 

Rue de Lausanne 59, 1201 Geneva (022 900 06 65, www.mu-food.ch).

Café Mutin

This colourful, fully vegan coffee shop offers a small but creative menu featuring interesting veg combinations. Dishes change regularly to reflect what’s in season, but think along the lines of marinated fennel and roasted cauliflower with pilaf and chermoula, plus posh burgers and weekend brunch choices. 

Boulevard de la Cluse 20, 1205 Geneva (022 566 29 25, cafemutin.ch)

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Slup

There are plenty of clearly labelled vegan options at this restaurant in the north of the city, including burgers, salads and soups, all with a focus on local ingredients. But what really gets people talking are the crêpes, with animal-free fillings including the likes of curried lentils and falafel.

Rue Grand Pré 52, 1202 Geneva (022 734 84 80, www.slup-e.ch).

The best vegan restaurants in Basel

Za Zaa Erasmus vegan restaurant, Basel
Za Zaa Erasmus vegan restaurant, Basel
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Za Zaa Erasmus

The Erasmusplatz branch of this small Lebanese chain is 100-percent vegan, offering a dizzying array of houmous (try the avocado or pine-nut versions), top-notch falafel, cold and warm meze, larger dishes and even traditional desserts, such as Lebanese pudding with rose-water.

Erasmusplatz 16, 4057 Basel (www.zazaa.ch).

Tii’s

Take your pick from a huge variety of dishes at this fully vegan venue. There are light bites, including salads and wraps (filled with anything from jackfruit to tempeh), plus bigger dishes ranging from stuffed aubergine to tofu skewers. Better yet, choose the buffet and munch on a bit of everything! 

Steinentorstrasse 33, 4051 Basel (061 271 25 51, www. tiis-food.ch).

The best vegan restaurants in Lausanne

Plant Smart vegan cafe, Lausanne
Plant Smart vegan cafe, Lausanne
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Plant Smart

Opened at the start of 2019, this nutrition-driven, plant-based café is gluten-free and operates a pay-byweight system. Swing by, and you’ll soon be piling its whole-food goodness (plus a few more indulgent options) on to your plate with carefree abandon.

Rue de Genève 17, 1003 Lausanne (plantsmartcafe.com).

Vege Cafe vegan cafe, Lausanne
Vege Cafe vegan cafe, Lausanne

Végé Café

A long-standing favourite for vegans in Lausanne, Végé Café specialises in a wide range of meal bowls (think buddha bowl-style) filled with lovely stuff. Weekly specials are themed around anything from Basque cooking to the Mediterranean and curry, and there are also sandwiches, soups and pizzas, plus sweet treats for afters.

Chemin des Rosiers 2, 1004 Lausanne (021 683 13 53, vege.cafe).

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