Veganism has recently caught on in Lisbon and there are now a large number of plant-based restaurants all across the city. What’s more, plenty of existing restaurants now have a growing number of vegan dishes on the menu. Read on to discover the best vegan restaurants in Lisbon, all of which are sure to appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike.
The Food Temple, Mouraria
Hidden within a residential square in the historic Mouraria neighbourhood, The Food Temple draws a nightly crowd thanks to its quirky setting, laid-back atmosphere and delicious vegan menu. Diners can either sit in the intimate dining room or outdoors on the square’s large stone steps, perched on cushions placed either side of a small wooden table that’s perfect for two. The daily changing menu is made up of innovative dishes like crudites with beetroot nachos and pesto dip, spicy teriyaki and caramelised onion sandwiches, and pickled beetroot and roasted fennel salad. Made up of small plates and larger mains, the menu is designed to be split between two people, providing the chance to sample everything that’s on offer. Booking ahead is strongly advised.
Princesa do Castelo, Alfama
Another friendly, rustic option, Princesa do Castelo is a little easier to find, sitting in the pretty Alfama neighbourhood. The cheery restaurant has a bohemian vibe with large wooden tables and chairs, pops of bright yellow and red, hanging lanterns, and quirky artworks. The menu changes daily but you can expect flavoursome options like nachos with spicy homemade salsa, spiced chickpea and roasted cauliflower curry, and vegan-friendly burgers and tacos.
While Damas isn’t strictly a vegan restaurant, it has a dedicated section on the menu to vegan options, meaning diners can tuck into dishes such as beetroot houmous, mushroom ceviche and a vegan take on pica pau – a traditional Portuguese dish usually made with beef. Located in the up-and-coming Graca district, the hip little restaurant is one of the first trendy eateries to arrive in the area and attracts a mix of tourists and locals. Split into three areas, it has a bright dining room with a large open kitchen and graffiti murals, a small smoking area, and a bar/club out the back where DJs play late into the night.
Legumi Sushi, Graca
Perched high up on a hill in Graca, this unassuming vegan sushi restaurant is the perfect spot to tuck into plant-based sushi dishes after taking in the sunset at Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte – a beautiful hilltop spot offering spectacular views across the city. Feast on miso soup, shitake mushroom nigiri and tofu rice paper maki, and opt for the tasting menu to try a bit of everything.
Mez Cais LX, LX Factory
Like Damas, Mez Cais LX isn’t a dedicated vegan restaurant, but there are number of vegan options to choose from, including quinoa, asparagus and pumpkin seed tacos; a sautéed vegetable burrito available without cheese; and a burrito bowl with deep fried cauliflower. Set within the trendy LX Factory, the restaurant is is a hip spot with exposed brickwork, colourful artworks and an open kitchen. While you’re there, head up to Rio Maravilha’s rooftop bar for drinks overlooking Lisbon’s bright red suspension bridge.