Finding Late Night Vegan Food in Lisbon
If you’re traveling to Lisbon from outside of Portugal, almost all of the restaurants in the city will feel like late night food sources once you realize how late in the evening’s Portuguese people start their dinner.
Most restaurants in Lisbon stay open until midnight, so even if hunger sets in at 11:30pm you’ll be fine finding vegan food at most places in Bairro Alto, Chiado and the Alfama . Later than this, however, you’ll have to dig a bit deeper to find suitable options to cater to your dietary requirements.
I’ve found that the best thing vegans can do for late night food in Lisbon is isolate all of the cuisines that tend to be accidentally vegan in their recipes, and then look for restaurants that are open the latest in that cuisine. Here are a few around the city center!
Lx Kebab House in Lisbon
Falafel, and Middle Eastern cuisine in general, is one of the most popular unintentionally vegan food sources that a person can rely on. All through Lisbon there are small Middle Eastern kiosk-style eateries that serve affordable shawarmas, wraps and plates of kebab meats and salads — and most of them have a falafel option as well.
There are two of these kebab houses in Bairro Alto, but Lx Kebab House is my personal favorite for late night vegan food. The falafel is tastier and less oily at this establishment, and the salad accompaniments are always fresh — even at two in the morning.
Eating here in the early hours will set you back just a few euros, which includes falafel, pita, salads and dips. It’s a great source of late night food for vegans in Lisbon, and healthier than pizza or hamburgers.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 5pm to 2am
ADDRESS: R. da Atalaia 9, 1200-036 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Rossio-Lisboa
Chulho Restaurant in Lisbon
For vegans, Indian food is one of the safest go-to cuisines for plant based dishes when traveling to a foreign country. Most Indian cuisine is centered around vegetables, and the only issues vegans might encounter would be cream used in the making of curries — however, simply requesting coconut milk be used instead will take care of this.
Chulho Restaurant is situated close to Santa Cruz in Lisbon north. They are open late, seven days a week, and offer a range of vegan friendly curries that can be accompanied by their rice, sambals and naan breads (without butter).
Try their chickpea, potato, eggplant or vegetable medley curries! The vegetable biryani is vegan friendly too. This is the heartiest late night meal you’ll find in Lisbon as a vegan.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday – 11am to 2am
ADDRESS: Av. da Liberdade 175, 1250-144 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Anjos
Cozinha Popular Da Mouraria in Lisbon
This is one of the most historical parts of the city, as well as one of the neighborhoods least touched by gentrification. It’s a neighborhood for locals and immigrants who were excluded from a lot of the developments that took place in Lisbon during the earlier centuries.
Eating here is as local as it gets, and the Cozinha Popular da Mouraria is a famous restaurant that locals fill up every day. On Mondays and Tuesdays this traditional Portuguese eatery is open 24 hours a day.
Traditional Portuguese cuisine puts a lot of focus on meat and seafood, so vegans that wish to eat here late at night need to get creative with the menu. They will happily do a plate of potatoes, salad, rice and fruit if you request it.
Bare in mind, almost no one in this restaurant speaks a word of English so have your request translated prior to your arrival!
OPENING HOURS: Monday & Tuesday – 24 Hours
ADDRESS: R. das Olarias 5, 1100-012 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Martim Moniz
The Lumbini Kitchen & Restaurante in Lisbon
The Lumbini Kitchen is a bizarre hybrid restaurant that focuses on the cuisines of Nepal, Portugal and India. It’s a completely unusual combination of cultures to find under one roof, yet somehow it works and they’re full almost every night.
Both Nepalese and Indian cuisines have unintentionally vegan dishes that come up frequently. At Lumbini you’ll enjoy vegetable noodle dishes, veggie dumplings and curries all through until 2am.
There are a lot of salads, nice wine and decent coffee on offer as well if these are things you crave late in the evening.
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Saturday – 11am to 2am (Monday & Sunday 24 Hours)
ADDRESS: R. Ferreira da Silva 10C, 1900-298 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Areeiro
Ristorante Pizzeria La Finestra in Lisbon
Let’s face facts and admit that most people, even vegans, crave tasty, junk food the later into the evening it gets.
Late night Italian food isn’t common in Lisbon, and this spot in Azul is one of the latest, keeping their doors open until 1am.
They specialize in pizzas but there is a full pasta menu on offer too, as well as a dessert menu (though nothing on here is vegan friendly, sorry!).
At Ristorante Pizzeria La Finestra vegans can have any of the veggie pizzas without the cheese, which they will happily do for you. The bases are so saucy that the cheese isn’t even necessary for flavor.
Their Napoletana pastas are vegan friendly as well, just remind them to leave off the parmesan!