A city full of authenticity, an architectural melting pot and a vegan foodie’s paradise. We’ve absolutely fallen in love with Portugal’s capital and couldn’t’ be more excited to share our list for the best vegan restaurants in Lisbon with you.
Ornate architecture, stunning views and welcoming locals. And despite what you might expect, Lisbon is an extremely vegan-friendly city, with many new vegan sites popping up across Portugal’s capital.
Of course, like in any other city, vegan restaurants in Lisbon have struggled during this pandemic. Especially brands that have only opened up a few months ahead of the first lockdown are desperately trying to stay afloat. We hope that, given traveling remains a possibility, you have the opportunity to support some of our favourite Lisbon restaurants on this list by giving their delicious food a try.
Right, let’s get into it! Here are the best vegan restaurants in Lisbon:
The best vegan restaurants in Lisbon
The Green Affair
Gorgeous interior, a creative, fully plant-based menu and rich but healthy dishes – The Green Affair is definitely a must-visit. There are innovative bowls, indulging burgers, flavour-packed starters, like gyozas and watermelon tataki, and all manner of craving-satisfiers. In short: creative dishes packed with flavour!
They also offer a really affordable lunch menu too: pick a starter, main and drink for about 10€.
Address: Av. Duque de Ávila 30 A, 1000-141 Lisboa, Portugal
Eight Health Lounge
If we had to pick one, this might be the best vegan restaurant in Lisbon! Built around eight simple health principles, 8 Health Lounge serves up downright delicious plant-based food. The menu is packed with vegan possibilities, from burgers to tacos (their Mexcellent tempeh tacos are a must-try!) and healthy bowls, like their Asian Wonder Bowl with brown rice, spinach, Asian tofu, purple cabbage, carrot, red pepper and sesame seed.
Don’t leave without trying one of their desserts – the lime-basil tart was out of this world ! We also loved reading about their story and principles (turn to the last few pages of the menu) – truly inspiring!
Address: Praça da Figueira 12A, 1100-241 Lisboa, Portugal
It’s almost impossible not to come across this famous Portugese pastry within the first few hours of your arrival: Pastéis de nata. The delicious smell of these Portuguese custard tarts is everywhere! Made with cream, egg yolks they are, unfortunately, the opposite of vegan-friendly. Which is why we were over the moon when we found out that there’s one vegan bakery specialising in making vegan pastéis de nata! So if you’ve got a sweet tooth, make sure to pay this place a visit. You can buy the tarts individually or in boxes of 4, 6 or 12.
Address: R. 4 de Infantaria loja 29 B, 1350-268 Lisboa, Portugal
If indulgent vegan junk food and full flavours are your bag, Vegan Junkies will get your pulse – and your tastebuds – racing.
Their menu combines several food brands – Vegan junkies’ burgers and pizza, tacos by 36 tacos, modern Pakistani and Nepalese moms – all fully plant-based. How about slow cooked jackfruit in a spicy onion and tomato sauce served with chapati bread and mint chutney; or corn tortillas with oyster mushrooms in annatto sauce, slow cooked in banana leaves and served with frijoles cream. And then there’s pizza – we had the pesto & pomodoro with smoked vegan mozzarella and the capricciosa with mushrooms and artichokes. It’s all ludicrously good value, and super filling too – s definitely one of our very favorite vegan restaurants in Lisbon.
Address: R. Luciano Cordeiro 28, 1150-300 Lisboa, Portugal
Location-wise, this is definitely our favourite vegan-friendly spot in Lisbon! This adorable restaurant is situated right in the middle of bustling LX factory, a historical industrial complex housing an array of arty retailers and unique restaurant concepts. The Therapist serves up healthy, wholesome vegetarian food, with plenty of fully plant-based options. Expect colourful, flavour-packed dishes and affable and perfectly paced service.
But, as the name suggests, The Therapist offers more than “just” food. As a clinic, they practice Chinese medicine and Ayurveda and offer naturopathy and bibliography sessions. As a school, they hold workshops on a variety of topics such as carpentry, healthy eating and time management.
Address: R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300-472 Lisboa, Portugal
With 15 restaurants across Portugal, Da Terra follows an all-you-can-eat buffet style concept. We absolutely loved everything we tried here, and so will you – from the creamy French mushroom quiche and fantastic tofu curry, to the finger-licking banoffee, it’s all delicious. Staff couldn’t be nicer, too, tending to their customers like family members. It’s very affordable too and you – for lunch you only pay 10€ and you can eat till you drop!
Address: Av. Dom João II 25A, 1990-079 Lisboa, Portugal
Chutnify Principe Real
We stumbled across this small Indian restaurant, when strolling through Principle Real, an upscale neighbourhood known for its 19th-century mansions, bustling bars, small art galleries and antiques shops. At the first glance, Chutnify’s menu doesn’t look vegan-friendly, however the staff and chef were extremely welcoming and accommodated our dietary needs. Expect flavour-packed, classic Indian dishes and a vibrant, inviting space. We hoovered up everything we tried here – definitely try the veganised Masala dosa served with homemade chutneys – and could not have been happier with the very attentive service.
Address: Travessa da Palmeira 44, 1200-311 Lisboa, Portugal
We’ve only heard the very best things about this vegan restaurant before our visit. AO26 has been rated as one of the very top vegan restaurants in Lisbon and was also the restaurant that popped up on every ‘must-try’ list, hence our expectations were high! The menu sounds incredibly exciting. Expect creative dishes like a vegan version of Francesinha, a typical northern Portugease dish, vegan scallops and seitan steak.
When it comes to taste though, we have to be honest here! Our dishes were decent (we had the pasta with À Bulhão Pato sauce and the barley risotto), but honestly a little bland and not as special as expected. Might be the dishes we picked, might be that we have set the bar too high.
Hence, we wouldn’t include this restaurant in our top 5 list, but if you live around the area or have tried plenty of other restaurants already, why not give it a go and maybe even prove us wrong!
Address: R. Vítor Cordon 26, 1200-484 Lisboa, Portugal
Vegan restaurants in Lisbon we were recommended:
These are the vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Lisbon which were on our hit list but we didn’t quite get time to visit! If you have the chance, stop by and let us know if they live up to the hype!
- O Botanista
- My Mother’s Daughters
- Legumi Sushi
- Las Vegan
- The Food Temple
- Quintal de Santo Amaro
- Alter Ego at Campo de Ourique Market
Apart from the best vegan restaurants in Lisbon, we also wanted to share some helpful shopping tips, as well as recommended to-dos to make your next trip to one of Europe’s most beautiful and diverse cities as smooth as possible.
You will find basic vegan-friendly products at most Portuguese supermarkets. The bigger the store, the more dairy and meat alternatives you’ll find. There are also a few more specialised stores, stocking a bigger variety of vegan-friendly products:
Vegan cheese, hemp protein, jackfruit and egg substitute – with a handful of locations in the centre of Lisbon, Celeiro is a great option for your weekly shop.
Meat alternatives, a range of dairy-free milk brands, sweets and ready meals – you’ll find almost everything you need at Continente, one of the largest supermarket chains in Portugal.
This chain probably offers the biggest range of vegan products. However, you can only find it outside of Lisbon. Stop here on your road trip to stock up on ready meals for your airbnb or snacks for the road.
Independent shops in Lisbon:
Shop at O Botanista
There’s a little shop in the back of O Botanista, selling basic vegan products like tofu and seitan but also a few specialities like vegan cheese and meat replacements.
Address: Rua Dom Luís I 19, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal
A little health store selling vegan-friendly staples as well as organic fruits and vegetables.
Address: Rua dos Cavaleiros, 10, Lisbon, Portugal, 1100-132
Other things to do
- Get lost at LX factory
As mentioned above, LX factory houses an array of arty retailers and unique restaurant concepts in the Western part of the city. Bustling restaurants, cool street art, quirky concept and art stores, a laid-back vibe and a flea market on Sundays – definitely add LX factory to your must-visit list.
2. Get the best sunset views on a sailing tour
This is one of the best things we did in Lisbon! Platforms like Get Your Guide offer 2-hour sailing tours along the River Tagus throughout the day, however I’d definitely recommend going for the sunset one! Sail under the 25 de Abril Bridge (the one that looks like the Golden Gate bridge) and past the iconic Belém Tower and catch stunning views of the city, while the sun is setting. You can find the tour we did here,
3. Learn more about the city’s history with a free walking tour
We do a walking tour in almost every city we visit. It’s the best way to get a real feel for the city, discover hidden spots and learn more about its history. Plus, it’s a great way to connect with other travellers and get recommendations from a local. Here’s the tour we joined:
4. Day trip to Sintra and Cascais
When asking locals for recommendations on things to do, nearly every person will tell you to visit Sintra and Cascais. And we can confirm: it’s definitely worth the trip! Sintra is home to beautiful castles and manors while Cascais offers laid-back beach town vibes and beautiful sea views.
To drive up there, we recommend renting either a car or moped. We used Scooteria and couldn’t recommend it more – these guys were so organised, extremely friendly and offered great prices (from 25€ for 24 hours). The best route is probably to go to Cascais first, then Sintra, as it will then only take 30 minutes to get back to Lisbon. We definitely recommend adding a few more stops along the route though:
- Praia do Guincho is the most stunning beach up there
- The westernmost point of continental Europe: Cabo de Roca
- Boca do Inferno offers scenic cliff views
If you head there on the weekend, make sure to book a dinner spot at Raiz in Sintra. They have live Jazz music, amazing views and a vegan-friendly menu.
Address: Volta do Duche nº2, 2710-631 Sintra, Portugal
5. Rent a car and discover the best beaches in Algarve
Stunning and unspoilt beaches, magical sea caves, wild cliff sides and an extremely positive vibe. If you have enough time, add Algarve to your must-visit list!
One of the best things we did in Portugal was to rent a car and drive South to Algarve! It’s definitely the best way to see Portugal. We drove all the way down to Sagres with a few stops along the way. From there, we explored the local area, went surfing for a day and indulged in amazing vegan food. Full guide for this route is coming soon!
6. Go surfing
In our opinion, surfing, at least for a day, is an absolute must when coming to Portugal! Portugal is famous for its surfing spots, as it picks up north, west and south swells, making surf conditions very consistent. During the summer months, waves are perfect for beginners, while you can catch some pretty big waves during winter.
7. Get work done at coffee shops
We absolutely loved getting work done in Lisbon! Great coffee, vegan-friendly snacks and reliable wifi – that’s honestly all we need! Here are our favourite cafés in Lisbon, where it’s actually more than OK to spend a morning, afternoon or day working:
We hope you enjoy these vegan restaurants in Lisbon and have the best time in Portugal’s capital. Tag us @weareveano if you try any of the above spots on our recommendation!
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