Who says that you can’t have it all? Besides being an exciting, vibrant city with breathtaking views, Lisbon is also a culinary treasure. And you can’t go wrong with so many vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon to choose from.
In terms of Portuguese and international cuisine, although Portugal is known for its black pork and seafood, the vegan and vegetarian scene in major cities like Lisbon is picking up steam. In recent years, several restaurants and cafés have opened, offering a large variety of dishes that are vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
Fun fact, In 2017, Portugal was the first country to make it illegal not to offer vegan options on a menu in public buildings like schools, prisons, hospitals, and universities.
There is even a whole community built around this lifestyle, this community can be found in the Vegetarianos e Vegans de Portugal FB group.
So are you ready to learn more about Lisbon’s best vegan and vegetarian restaurants? We list the top restaurants Lisbon has below, and you will be surprised by how many vegan restaurants Lisbon has.
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The Best Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Lisbon
To help you explore Lisbon and its vegan and vegetarian restaurant options, we have compiled a list of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon.
So whether you are into traditional local food with a twist or fancy an Asian-style meal, Lisbon has something for you.
Ready to check out the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon? Let’s go.
Come for a buffet-style lunch at the country’s oldest vegetarian and vegan buffet Lisbon restaurant. This spot features a beautiful view of the Tejo river from an 18th-century building. The decor is lively, with colorful tables and smiling buddhas scattered all over the place.
To eat, you can choose 2-3 options for your main meal from a broad selection of vegan, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, and macrobiotic options. Each main dish comes with a complementary side salad.
This restaurant is the perfect choice if you are seeking the comfort of a homemade meal but also wish to sit back and relax with a gorgeous view.
Looking for the perfect place for a date night? Introducing Arkhe, a fine-dining plant-based restaurant led by two culinary powerhouses, Chef João Ricardo Alves and Alejandro Chávarro. Bursting with originality, Arkhe fuses French and Italian cuisine with Asian flavors.
With a background in classical French cuisine, Chef João has worked in top kitchens around the world, including Michelin-star vegetarian restaurants. Alongside the chef is Alejandro, a former cook turned restaurant director and sommelier.
Alejandro’s extensive background in wine also means that the restaurant has a pretty impressive national-only wine list, which also includes organic options.
The restaurant is located in Chiado and offers patrons a variety of menu options–starters, mains, and desserts–that are vegetarian and vegan-friendly. There is also a tasting menu available. The menu is also based on seasons and changes every month. What doesn’t change, however, is the culinary inspiration
🌟🍷 And if you want to learn more about Portuguese wine, read our article: The Wines of Portugal: An Introduction to Portuguese Wine.
Who doesn’t love brunch? Cabane serves vegan and vegetarian breakfast, brunch, lunch, juices, sugar-free cakes, and wine. As most brunch options are not vegan, this is Lisbon’s best vegan brunch in Principe Real. Try the hipster-style acai bowl, avocado toast with tofu scramble, and matcha latte.
They also have veganized versions of Brazilian/Portuguese food staples like feijoada and coxinhas. They’ve frequently partnerwith @livia.vegan, who not only makes vegan coxinhas, but also vegan bolinhas de alheira, bolinha de queijo, bolinha de alheira, rissóis and pães de beijo.
And if you like cooking, why not sneak a peak at the fresh produce in the small organic market?
Cantina Indiana | Indian Food
Vegetarianism and veganism is not just a dietary preference but a whole lifestyle. Cantina Indiana serves their food in the most Indian way, on metalware with chutneys and dips, rice and curry, and of course, naan or popadoms.
Experience authentic Indian food from the Hindu community of the Lisbon temple. Among other Indian vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon, the temple follows a Hindu diet, meaning many dishes will have dairy.
Vegan Junkies – Vegan Fast-Food
Not all vegan food needs to be healthy. Are you craving junk food? The Vegan Junkies Collective is a cooperative that owns and runs two vegan restaurants in Lisbon and one in Costa da Caparica, around a 30-minute drive from the city.
Vegan Junkies will satisfy your vegan junk food needs, including bbq wings, tacos, loaded nachos, and even mac ‘n cheese. The music-inspired menu includes dishes like Drop it like its Hot Dog, Ring of Fire Onion Rings with extra spicy BBQ Sauce, and the famous Notorious big-Big Poppa burger made beyond beef and with vegan smoked cheese.
Did we also mention their sauces, like their vegan chipotle mayonnaise, are incredible mouth-wateringly delicious? The restaurant offers vegan desserts, including deep-fried Oreos, for anyone with a sweet tooth.
The menu at Plant Base is similar to Vegan Junkies. But it is also the first vegan Neapolitan pizzeria in Portugal. Pizzas on the menu include classics like Margarita and the Fugees, creative concoctions like the Bigger than Mac, a vegan, and a pizza version of the classic McDonald’s big mac.
Along with pizza, the restaurant has expanded its menu to include items like homemade Nepalese Momos. They also partnered with Banana Spicy, where they use every part of the banana in recipes such as Banana balls which consist of shredded banana skin-filled croquettes.
Planet base is also home to the Beets Bar, which serves cocktails and craft beer. On the weekends, the bar has a DJ.
Vegan Junkies has diminished the stereotype of vegans eating only plain boring salads. Lisbon needed dirty, unpretentious, and fun vegan street food, and that is why these three restaurants have some of the best vegan food Lisbon has to offer.
Mother Burger – Vegan fast food
Who says it’s hard being a vegan in Lisbon? Mother Burger serves veganized burgers, nuggets, cheese balls, and milkshakes. All burgers come with fries, and you can’t go wrong with the oreo milkshake and the hell burger with coleslaw, cheddar, and spicy mayo.
Mother Burger is a hidden gem amongst generic fast food chains and has many locations throughout Lisbon, making it a great vegan fast food option.
All of their dishes are delivered in eco-friendly packaging.
PSI – Restaurante Vegetariano
PSI, one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon, has a menu influenced by India, Thailand, North Africa, and Italy. They offer vegan and gluten-free options, such as red thai curry and korean tofu bowl.
For dessert, try the mango lassi or the cardamom pannacotta with rose water syrup, rose petals, and pistachio praline.
Fun fact, the Dalai Lama inaugurated the garden surrounding the restaurant with a monumental plaque dedicated to ending all suffering. Isn’t that amazing?
Senhor Uva & Senhor Manuel
Senhor Uva’s perfectly curated wine list, excellent plant-based food, and exceptional customer service are second to none. From the moment you enter, be prepared to be guided through a very thought-out seasonal local wine list.
The charming founders, Quebec duo Stephanie and Marc, are also wine lovers who prioritize sourcing fresh local ingredients and local wine. Along with the owners, the staff are incredibly wine-knowledgeable and can help you perfectly pair your glass with any item on their flavorful and seasonal plant-based menu. The restaurant is known for creating delicious and colorful dishes, like green jackfruit ceviche and kohlrabi samosa.
You’ll find Senhor Uva’s little brother Senhor Manuel just across the street. It is a Wine bar and annex dining room serving plant-based food, with wine on tap and wine tastings. They can also host private groups for a more intimate setting with your friends and family.
If you are looking for some of the finest wine and vegetarian food Lisbon offers, look no further than these two quaint and cozy restaurants.
My Mothers Daughters
My Mothers Daughters offers delicious and unique dishes, including their “zero waste” starter menu, which follows the premise that yesterday’s leftovers are today’s starters.
The restaurant’s eclectic menu includes dishes like energy balls, pepperoni pizza, blue tea, no-bread toast, and a Buddha bowl, to name a few. They also like to add superfoods to some dishes, such as chia pudding with activated charcoal.
Our recommendation? Try the suggested ginger, turmeric, lemon, and black pepper ‘Pre-Meal Elixir.’
As you probably can tell from the name, this bright and cozy vegetarian restaurant was founded by a mother and her three daughters. Their passion for zero-waste extends to their decor. Their counter is lined with recycled broken tiles, and the tables, chairs, and floor are made with wood from sustainable sources.
The locals are very fond of this family-run vegan cafe for its hard-to-resist desserts. But it has more than just desserts. The Caffe’s mouth-watering menu, which often changes, includes items like coconut lattes and vegan chorizo.
Located in the Arroios area, it’s one of the best vegan cafes Lisbon has to offer, with cakes to order and takeaway options.
Welcome to Honest Greens, a healthy fast food restaurant that believes you should eat real food. Their products and ingredients are ethically sourced, organic whenever possible, unprocessed, and free of artificial preservatives, additives, or refined sugars.
At Honest Green, customers can build their plates step-by-step. Step one is adding a protein. It is important to note that the restaurant offers meat, vegetarian and vegan options. The vegan proteins they offer include tempeh and falafel. After your protein, you can choose a vegan sauce and a plant-based side dish.
Side note their healthy vegan aioli is mind-blowing 🤯 🤯
The menu is gluten-free apart from the artisan bread, and all desserts are vegan. They also have a breakfast menu, burritos, pancakes, and bowls.
Honest Greens are one of many vegetarian-friendly restaurants Lisbon offers, with a beautiful co-working-friendly space. Locations include Amoreiras, Parque Das Nações & Rua Rodrigues Sampaio.
A Minha Avó (My Grandmother)
A Minha Avó is a take-away-only restaurant serving veganized versions of traditional Portuguese dishes.
To nail the flavor, they used the taste buds of non-vegans to help perfect the menu. The result/ Veganized person of Portugues classics, such as the duckless rice, vegetable a brás, pataniscas with tomato rice, Carne de Porco a Portuguesa, and ‘Bacalhau’ com Natas (cod with cream).
TATAOIM – plant-based possibilities
Tataoim is a Brazillian vegan restaurant in Lisbon with daily specials, such as moqueca, feijoada, stroganoff, and couscous. They have gluten-free Tapiocas with various fillings such as hummus, tomato confit, and vegan cheese with oregano. Enjoy their smoothies or juice of the day along with your meal.
This restaurant is also pet-friendly 🐶 so make sure to bring along your furry friend.
The Green Affair
Grab a vegan brunch at The Green Affair, and indulge in their starters, such as the cauliflower wings with panko, hot sauce, and tartar. The watermelon Tataki will have you second-guessing if it’s real tuna, and you can’t miss out on the Katsu curry. Is your mouth watering yet 🤤?
The Green Affair is inspired by international cuisines and has several signature cocktails that complement your meal. This must-eat restaurant in Lisbon also has an impressive drinks menu ranging from mocktails, craft beers, sangrias, spirits, and wines.
Ao 26 – Vegan Food Project
Who says you can’t have cheese (vegan, of course) with your wine? Popular among locals, Ao 26 is a vegan food project Lisbon place where you can enjoy the flavors of thoughtful plant-based food. The restaurant also has an organic wine list and a (vegan) cheese platter.
We recommend the Francesinha, a typical Portuguese dish from the north. Don’t forget to top off your meal with the creme brulee. They also do scones, toasts, vegan cheesecake, brownies, and mousse.
The Food Temple
In the heat of Mouraria, the birthplace of fado, you’ll find The Food Temple. Among many of the vegan-friendly restaurants Lisbon has, TFT will have you feeling like the main character dining on the steps in the most picturesque alleys of Mouraria.
The menu often changes at this beautiful vegan tapas Lisbon bar, and the drinks adapt to the seasons, including craft sodas, artisanal beer, and local natural wines.
Some of the small savory dishes on the menu include bruschetta with black olive tapenade and the “Pêra Rocha,” homemade vegan cheese and wasabi topping, and a beetroot pastry on sauteed spinach and tomato with truffled aioli topping.
They also have a small indoor seating area and offer delivery.
Legumi Sushi Vegan
Legumi Sushi is Portugal’s first 100% take-away vegan Japanese sushi restaurant. The key to their success is providing quality, consistent food that tastes great every time.
The menu includes appetizers, like fried dumplings, and a selection of vegan sushi.
Options include pick-up or delivery. However, there is a delivery fee depending on your zone.
Kaya – Food, coffee & hairdresser
Healthy food, specialty coffee, and an organic hairdresser all in one? Yes, you read that right.
In terms of food, Kanya’s space offers homemade seasonal vegetarian food with vegan options such as sweet or savory pancakes, toasted sandwiches, and quinoa.
Along with your meal, patrons can choose from various specialty coffees. The founders, a trio from Brazil, care about the quality and production of where they source their coffee. The coffee is carefully selected from different origins, grown on small farms, and roasted in the Lisbon area.
Fancy a haircut while you’re at it? How about a beauty service with quality and safety? Kaya uses sustainable and natural products with ingredients free of Ammonia, Parabens, Artificial Dyes, and Synthetic Fragrances.
Isn’t this the most interesting combo among the vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon? 3 in 1!
M Butterfly by Miss Saigon
M Butterfly’s has a daily changing menu with three different international main dishes, which reflects their multicultural gastronomy. And every plate looks like a work of art.
Their constantly changing daily menu is made with more than 80% of ingredients from organic farming. The restaurant is open 4 days a week, only with lunch service.
Along with serving local season products, Chef Cláudia has over 20,000 hours of experience in vegan cuisine with zero waste in mind.
If you want to learn how to shop vegan, and implement veganism into your business or at home; they offer training that adapts to your needs.
Vital food, vital energy, is the motto of Organi Chiado, whose mission is to show people that they can have an authentic gastronomic experience with flavor and satisfaction without any ingredients of animal origin.
Named one of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon, their seasonal menu comes straight from nature and is made with the freshest ingredients possible.
The menu itself has an international influence serving dishes like salads, burgers, and various pastas. Sugar-free desserts are also available.
Organi Chiado is a plant-based gem in the city if you are looking for colorful and delicious vegan cuisine in Lisbon.
At Kong, food is made with compassion. This vegan restaurant serves traditional Portuguese dishes like francesinha and grelhada mista as well as worldwide classics like fish and chips, spaghetti carbonara, and burgers.
Fun fact: Their seafood dishes, like the Polvo feliz à lagareiro is veganized using an eryingui mushroom that mimics the same texture as the real thing.
Enjoy a jug of sangria while dining in one of the best Portuguese restaurants in Lisbon (vegan, of course). For dessert, indulge in the oreo mousse or snickers tart.
Inspired by all corners of the globe, like Asia, Oceania, and Europe, A Gambuzino offers a creative menu with dishes bursting with originality, flavor, and color. It is the perfect place for petiscos, dinner & cocktails.
The menu is divided into four sections: appetizers, small plates, main dishes, and desserts. The pratos pequenos are perfect for sharing, but if you want a meal, the main dishes will surely feed your soul.
The food menu is accompanied by an extensive drinks menu that features several drink options like wine, cocktails, sangria, and house specials.
The restaurant’s pickles, preserves, dips, and marinades are made on-site, and they utilize the ‘Ugly Fruit’ Coop and locally sourced suppliers as much as possible.
If you are looking for tasty food, replenishing drinks, and good times, A Gambuzino is one of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon.
Horacio | Vegan Italian
Craving Italian food but veganized? Horacio is the first fully vegan Italian Trattoria in Portugal and is one of the best restaurants in Lisbon. 🍝🍕
Horacio’s serves veganized versions of authentic Italian recipes from the owner’s family. Plus, everything is made from scratch and handmade without any machinery. Isn’t that amazing?
The new traditional comfort food, Horacio’s careful research and testing (including multiple phone calls to the owner’s mother) has resulted in an exquisite vegan menu divided into several sections, including pizza, dinner, ice creams, and sweets.
Don’t know where to start? Why not order one of their best sellers, which includes their classic spaghetti, lasagna, potato gnocchi, or eggplant parmigiana?
Make sure to finish your incredible meal with homemade vegan gelato, fresh sorbet, or the elegant tiramisu.
Please note: Reservations are required via text message and website only. Only accepts Portuguese card payments.
Tiffin Café Lisboa
Tiffin Café will brighten your day with breakfast, brunch, or lunch options, all made fresh and in-house. Fun fact, Cafe Tiffin, doesn’t own a freezer, as they source local food and make everything fresh and from scratch.
For breakfast, try the overnight bircher muesli, homemade granola, eggs on toast, or sourdough toast with butter and homemade seasonal jam.
For brunch, try the quiche or scones with seasonal fruit. They also have freshly pressed juices, a great pick-me-up for the day. For dessert, have Thai chia pudding with coconut milk, honey, mango, and lime.
The cafe itself is located near the Museo de Arte Antiga. Check out their lunch menu on their Facebook page.
Orteá – Vegan Collective and Pistácio
Orteá is a concept that includes a restaurant, vegan pastry shop, the artisanal cheese shop Eva, the Era kombuchas, the Pistacio grocery store, and the Palácio Bistrô, which recently opened.
The result is a cozy yet well-composed, cosmopolitan atmosphere dedicated to selling vegan, conscious, nutritious, and delicious food.
The restaurant serves various dishes, all made fresh on request. The menu includes a variety of appetizers, cheese boards, main dishes, and delectable desserts. Many of the ingredients are locally sourced.
For example, their mushrooms mainly come from @nam.mushroomfarm, Portugal’s first circular economy and urban farm. And their cheese is also made locally from fermented cashews. The cheeses are not only part of the starter menu and the preparation of some dishes, but they are also available to purchase at the cheese shop.
They also have a daily dessert menu with sweet bowls, pancakes, sliced cakes (always with gluten-free and refined sugar-free products), and house specialties. Did we also mention that they are all made in-house?
And at Pistacio, the grocery store prioritizes products from small local producers. Besides food and drinks (like kombucha), the store also sells books, cosmetics, toiletries, and clothing.
If you are looking for the whole package, Orteá is hands-down one of the unique vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon.
Brunch at Canela always has vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. They serve dishes like tofu dumplings, a vegan burger, gluten-free hummus wrap, and pancakes. Plus, all of their dishes are made from scratch Doesn’t that sound delightful?
Canela works with local producers, who provide fresh, often organic, ingredients used to create their weekly and seasonal menu. They use healthy cooking methods that preserve the properties of food and replace processed products, refined sugars, and dairy products with naturally sourced ingredients.
They also have a store where they sell items like hamburgers, kimchi, pesto, granola, banana bread, and an “ELA kit” filled with best sellers, including granola, kimchi, hazelnut butter, and a seasonal fruit compote.
Goji | Uma Atitude Saudável
Goji is a vegan restaurant in Lisbon that provides plant-based alternatives to the many Portuguese and international classics. Their menu offers dishes like vegetarian lasagne, seitan steak, stroganoff, tofu curry, and seitan chili. They also serve cakes like apple crumble, orange torta for dessert, and various alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
However, out of all the vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon, Goji is particularly special as it occasionally hosts Fado night. Check out their Facebook page to learn when the next Fado night will occur.
Pro tip: Want to learn more about Fado? Check out this article The Best Fado in Lisbon: 11 Fado Houses to Explore
CAMPO DE OURIQUE MARKET
The neighborhood of Campo de Ourique is home to a lively market and food hall, similar to the Time Out market. The Campo de Ourique Market is divided into two sections. The first is the market, where visitors can buy fruits, veggies, flowers, nuts, fish, and honey. The other section is the food hall, home to over a dozen restaurants.
It also has some of the best vegetarian friendly restaurants Lisbon offers, which include Ashoka and AlterEgo.
Are you looking to experience meaty street food? Well, you’re in luck. AlterEgo is the best vegan restaurant in Lisbon that specializes in meaty textures and uses beetroot to color the ‘meat.’
Want to know something even better? All dishes are no more than ten euros each! They have empanadas, samosas, sausages, hamburgers, tacos, and burgers. They also have three burgers to choose from: a cheeseburger, a BBQ burger, and no chicken burger accompanied with coleslaw or fries.
Asoka is like going to the butchers, but vegetarian-style. Asoka offers frozen vegan-ready meals.
Take-home options include a beet wellington, rolo mediterrânico, falafals, croquetes, bolognese lasange, samosas, chamuças and several different types of burgers. Make sure to also pick up some of their vegan mayonnaise, made using aquafaba (chickpea water); isn’t that cool?
They even sell a Tuga burger. Do you know what Tuga stands for? Pestuga, or Tuga for short, is a nickname or slang word for a “true” Portuguese person (Por’tuga’l). The pestuga or pesto is a tribute to the great protagonists of Portuguese cuisine.
Vegan & Vegetarian Pastry Options in Lisbon
Now that you are familiar with the vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon, let’s look at some of the pastry options.
Lisbon is famous for its dessert options. But most of the recipes for their traditional desserts, like the pasteis de nata, bola de berlim, or queijadas are made with eggs and milk. Translation: not vegan-friendly.
But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any vegan alternatives. More and more pastry shops are opening their doors, offering veganized versions of Portuguese classics, like the pastel de nata.
Below, we have gathered a few options you can explore the next time you’re craving something sweet.
This EU-certified vegan establishment strictly specializes in crafting the perfect pastel de nata that tastes exactly like the original but without milk or eggs.
Founded by two Lisbon-based entrepreneurs with a shared passion for protecting the environment, Vegan Nata takes its commitment to sustainability a step further by running a plastic-free business and only using recyclable packaging.
Vegan Nata has three locations that you can visit.
Scoop ‘n Dough – “Worlds best vegan donuts, 2020”
Ice cream donut sandwich, anyone?
Inspired by the lack of choice of vegan ice cream in Lisbon, Scoop ‘n Dough was created, making handmade vegan donuts and ice creams with love as the secret ingredient.
Some flavors of ice cream include pistachio, mango lassi, black sesame, salted caramel, cookie dough, and brownie.
If that doesn’t get you salivating, then try the donuts. They serve a range of donuts, including apple crumble, banoffee pie, tiramisu, raspberry, and vanilla.
Looking for a vegan cake? Then order their vegan donut birthday cake made of 3 donut layers and homemade raspberry jam.
Are you a vegan celiac? Well, Despensa’s got you covered with their 100% gluten-free, sugar-free, organic, and lactose-free menu, which includes vegan options.
Choose from several vegan dishes, including feijoada, a salad bowl, and desserts such as cocoa salami, truffle, cacao, and mint semifreddo. They also offer lattes and milkshakes made with homemade almond milk. Our favorites include their chocolate or salted caramel milkshake.
They have a takeaway and delivery options and make cakes to order.
Also well-versed in crafting a perfect vegan version of the traditional pastel de nata, this Portuguese bakery offers a wide range of sweet and savory baked goods. They have a separate vegan menu which includes chocolate or custard-filled donuts (bolas de berlim), sandwiches, burgers, pizza, salads, and shakes.
Zarzuela specializes in gluten-free and lactose-free food options, but be mindful that while it offers vegan options, this spot is not a vegan bakery. Always double-check with Zarzuela’s friendly staff to avoid any mishaps.
Final Thoughts: Best vegan & vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon
We hope we have eased your mind on wondering if there are good vegetarian restaurants in Portugal, specifical in Lisbon. You have so many choices nowadays, especially in major cities, you’ll never go hungry. There are many vegan restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal, including gluten-free options for everyone to enjoy.
Next time you feel peckish and in the mood to try some delicious and ethically sourced food, why not give one of our top picks a go? Did we miss out on any vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon? Let us know in the comments!