Lisbon for vegans
Veganism is becoming increasingly important in Portugal! Therefore, the city of Lisbon has to adapt. Over the past few years, many vegan businesses have opened their doors in Lisbon. Today I will be writing about Lisbon for vegans to help you all find the best vegan places in the city!
Most of traditional Portuguese dishes are made with meat, fish, animal products. Everyone knows, for instance, that there are countless traditional codfish recipes! The consumption of fish and seafood is deeply rooted in Portuguese history, culture and lifestyle! However, times are definitely changing! People are seeking healthier, environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free lifestyles! To go vegan is a big step but it is worth it! There are many food, clothing and beauty alternatives that are as good as the ones people are used to, sometimes even better!
If you happen to be in Lisbon during the month of April, you should go to the VeggieWorld event that will take place on April, 28th and 29th at Pátio da Galé in the Baixa area. Its main purpose is to show people that there are other kinds of lifestyle, and better diets that don’t harm any life. It raises awareness of the cruelty and the violence animals have to endure, and wants to show everyone that we need to respect animals lives. Read on and find out Lisbon for vegans! Where can a vegan have an amazing food experience in Lisbon?
Eat healthy food at Juicy
One of the healthiest restaurants in Lisbon is called Juicy! Located in the Baixa neighborhood, at Rua de S. Julião, 70, the Juicy restaurant has both vegetarian and vegan options. All their products are fresh and organic. Their specialty is the za’atar flatbread, which is served like a wrap. Their menu counts with soups, fried sweet potatoes, and tasteful homemade juices that are prepared right in front of your eyes! Definitely the place to go to if you’re visiting the Baixa in Lisbon and looking for a vegan restaurant to have lunch!
Have a quiet lunch at Escolha Natura
Located at Rua António Patrício, 13, next to Jardim do Campo Grande in Lisbon, the Escolha Natura restaurant serves 100% vegan dishes! They also have a few gluten free ones. It is a great place if you feel like having a quiet lunch away from the noisy parts of Lisbon. They propose different meals everyday and you will enjoy their desserts. I think it is one of the best places if you want to show someone you can have amazing cruelty-free food experiences!
Enjoy a tasteful meal at Ao 26
Not very far from the Chiado and the Baixa areas, you will find the Ao 26 restaurant. It is located at Rua Vítor Cordon, 26. Due to its location, it gets crowded very quickly so the best you can do is to come early. From their burgers, sandwiches, toasts, to their brownies, chocolate mousses, anyone will leave the place asking for more! The people who have told me about the Ao 26 restaurant all say it is one of the best vegan restaurants in town and go there frequently.
A vegan all-you-can-eat buffet at Jardim das Cerejas
At the Jardim das Cerejas, you will have both vegetarian and vegan options. Located at Calçada do Sacramento, 36, this all-you-can-eat buffet is worth it! If you come at lunch, you pay 7.50 euros. If you come for dinner, you will pay 9.50 euros. The prices are reasonable for a service and a selection of dishes that is really good. Located in the Chiado area, you can have dinner there and then head to Cais do Sodré for a night out!
Buy eco-friendly items and enjoy a cruelty-free meal at Antigo Talho
The Antigo Talho is located at Avenida Duque de Loulé, 85 in Lisbon. Its name means “the old butcher’s shop” in English and that’s exactly what it is! This place used to be a butcher but it is now an eco-friendly and cruelty-free place! The Antigo Talho opened its doors in December 2017 so it is quite a recent place! At its ground floor, you will find a little shop that sells eco-friendly products, such as shoes, clothes, and many more items! So, at first, you might think you’re at the wrong place, but you’re not! Upstairs, you will find a cute little restaurant serving delicious vegan dishes and snacks!
Have a peaceful moment at The Food Temple
Before visiting Alfama, have lunch at The Food Temple in the historic Mouraria neighborhood. Located at Beco do Jasmin, 18, the place is quite small but you will love it! The staff is friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere is relaxed and cosy. If you intend to eat there, I would try to book in advance if I were you. Their menu changes everyday, so everyday there are new surprises! The place is kind of difficult to find but it is worth it. People from all around the world come to this place, therefore the people there are very open-minded! Sometimes there even are street artists that come to perform in front of the restaurant, so you get a special show while enjoying a delicious cruelty-free meal!
Try the vegan versions of Portuguese traditional food at Veganeats
The Veganeatsrestaurant is worth it, especially for its desserts! The chocolate cake is to die for. But I can guarantee you will also love the dishes. The cooks prepare vegan versions of Portuguese traditional dishes, such as "Bacalhau à brás” which is made with tofu instead of codfish, or the delicious cruelty-free “Feijoada“! Traditional Portuguese food is excellent without a doubt, but it is even better when one knows no animal has suffered for it! Located at Rua Cavaleiro de Oliveira, 42, the closest metro station to the Veganeats restaurant is the Arroios one on the green metro line. You will enjoy their food, but also the staff that is one of loveliest, most thoughful and caring you’ll meet in Lisbon. Plus, they speak very good English!
Have a snack at Dona Flor Café
At Rua das Chagas, 33, in the Chiado neighborhood, you will find the Dona Flor Café. It is the perfect place if you feel the munchies starting to tickle your tummy! Their mini-pizzas, their homemade gluten-free cakes and other snacks and sweets will definitely satisfy your desires!
My Lisbon for vegans article is now over! I hope you’ve enjoyed it, that it’s been helpful and that I’ve provided some guidance on where to go when you’re a vegan in Lisbon. A cruelty-free lifestyle is so much fun and feels so good! Being vegan in Lisbon allows you to walk the city through a new perspective, living new experiences and tasting unique flavours!
While in Lisbon, if you’re looking for some shops, you can go to the Go Natural store at Travessa do Carmo, 1, in Chiado or also to the Celeiro store Rua 1º de Dezembro, 65, in the Baixa area. These are some of the few organic shops you will find while visiting the touristy places of Lisbon. Then, on Saturday mornings, two farmers’ markets happen in Lisbon, one at Jardim do Príncipe Real and another at Jardim do Campo Pequeno. Feel free to share your own experiences. And, of course, do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything!
See you soon in Lisbon!