Having lived in the Portuguese capital for more than four years now, I’ve eaten in quite a few vegetarian and vegan Lisbon restaurants. From hearty veggie burgers to delicate crêpes, I’ve savored every last bite.
Lisbon has become one of the top vegan foodie destinations in Europe, with new places popping up all the time. Once I returned home from a three month trip and found that eight new veggie restaurants had opened while I was away!
So of course I had to go eat at all of them. And with all this *ahem* arduous research under my belt, I can finally share with you my list of the best vegan eats in the city. There are so many that I had to break it up into two posts!
If you're looking for restaurants that cater for both vegans and meat eaters, check out my Top 10 Vegan Friendly Restaurans in Lisbon.
In this article, though, I'm sharing with you my definitive list of the best vegetarian and vegan Lisbon restaurants. There are plenty more to choose from, but if you have limited time in the city, I recommend focusing on the ones listed here.
The Best Vegan Restaurants in Lisbon
Temporarily closed. Their other branches remain open though, so hopefully this one will reopen soon. For now, try the Parque das Nações location.
For years, the vegans of Lisbon have envied the vegans of Porto for their multiple branches of the incredible daTerra restaurant. But now we finally have a branch of our own!
There are quite a few vegetarian and vegan buffet restaurants in Lisbon, but this one is by far my favorite. At other buffets, the food all starts to taste the same after awhile.
Here, though, the dishes are incredibly varied, with lots of choices of cold starters and salads as well as a soup and three or four hot dishes. And sometimes, when you go back for a second plate, you find that they’ve brought out even more dishes while you weren’t looking.
Lunch is the best value, at just 8.50 euros for all you can eat. Dinner is a few euros more but still worth it.
And best of all, they have vegan pasteis de nata! A vegan version of these iconic Portuguese egg custard tarts has been a long time coming, but they’re finally here. And they’re pretty incredible, especially if you happen to catch them fresh out of the oven.
Even non-vegans have told me that these vegan ones are just as good or better than the famous pastéis de Belém.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the food is now kept behind glass and is served up by the staff. They will refill your plate as many times as you want.
Open 6 pm to 10 pm Tuesday to Sunday, and also 12 pm to 3 pm Friday to Sunday. Takeaway and delivery only, but there's a dine-in option at the bar across the street.
Sushi is my favorite food in the world. I've often said that if I had to eat just one food for the rest of my life it would be sushi. Since going vegan, I’ve only had a handful of really great sushi experiences, though.
And the situation in Lisbon was no different when I moved here. Sure, you can always find a cucumber roll, or maybe an avocado roll, but Lisbon didn’t really have any exciting vegan sushi options.
Until Legumi Sushi, that is! This fully vegan, Brazilian-owned restaurant makes some of the most creative sushi I’ve ever seen. It was originally located near the Miradouro da Nossa Senhora do Monte viewpoint, making it the perfect place for a date night.
Due to the pandemic situation in 2020, the owners had to close that location, but they have since reopened on Calçada do Combro. The new place is much more central, but also much smaller, so it's now for take away and delivery only.
However, from Wednesday to Sunday evenings you can order the "chef's combo", which contains 44 pieces of sushi, and have it delivered in a giant sushi boat (!) to the Machimbombo cocktail bar across the street. This is by reservation only, at set dining times.
Otherwise, for take away or delivery there are also cheaper sets available with 20, 30 or 40 pieces of sushi. And and a bonus, delivery is free within the city center of Lisbon.
Also heading to Portugal's second city? Be sure to read by guide to the best (and worst) museums in Porto.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
The Food Temple is a veteran of the vegan Lisbon scene. It’s the oldest fully vegan restaurant in the city and remains a crowd favorite. And with the cozy ambience down one of Alfama’s cobblestone alleyways, it’s not hard to see why.
The menu changes frequently, so come with an open mind and be ready to be surprised. There’s typically just one main dish on offer, and the staff recommend ordering a soup, three small tapas dishes and a main dish to share between two people. Check their Facebook page for the current specials.
8 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday, 11 am to 5 pm Saturday to Sunday.
This little café offers a changing daily menu of healthy lunch boxes and light dishes such as soups and toasted sandwiches. Most of their business is take-away, although there are a couple of tables where you can sit inside.
It’s just around the corner from the Amália Rodrigues house and museum in the São Bento neighborhood. Now that the TOO café inside the museum has closed, Quintal de Santo Amaro is a good alternative in the vicinity for those who prefer to eat at a fully vegan restaurant.
Open Monday to Saturday, 12 pm to 3:30 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm. Closed Sundays.
What once started out as a vegetarian eatery is now a fully vegan Lisbon restaurant. The all-you-can-eat buffet is good value for dinner at €9.50. It’s even better value for lunch, when it costs just €7.50 (drinks and desserts are separate in both cases).
The food is Indian-influenced, but with a bit of Western twist. There are always four or five hot dishes to choose from, along with a salad bar and soup of the day.
When I first moved to Lisbon, Jardim das Cerejas was one of my favorite vegan Lisbon hangouts. After a while, though, the dishes all started to taste the same to me, so I don’t eat here as often anymore.
And ever since daTerra opened up nearby, that's always my first choice when I'm in this area.
But one thing I will never grow tired of is the bolo de bolacha (cookie cake) at Jardim das Cerejas. This traditional Portuguese cake consists of layers of Marie biscuits and cream, and the vegan version at Jardim das Cerejas is heavenly.
In addition to their original location in Chiado at No. 36 Calçada do Sacramento, they have also opened a second, larger branch at Rua Andrade Corvo 7B, near the Picoas metro stop.
Open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.
This place is run by two lovely Portuguese women who always have a warm welcome ready for customers. The prices are very reasonable, and the dishes are veganized versions of typical Portuguese cuisine, such as tofu à brás (a dish that is normally made with cod and known as “bacalhau à brás”).
The menu changes each day and generally includes one main dish of the day and one quiche, as well as smaller dishes such as salads, soups and vegan sausages.
I never leave here without ordering their famous chocolate cake, which is to die for. It’s at its best when served warm, so be sure to ask them to heat it up.
Open Monday to Friday 12:30 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 9:30 pm. Dine-in by reservation only as there are only two tables. Take-away and delivery also available.
This small and cozy eatery has recently opened up in Anjos, which is becoming a very vegan-friendly neighborhood of Lisbon. I highly recommend this vegan food and street art tour of Anjos and nearby neighborhoods.
The staff are welcoming, and the food is very good for what it is – mostly sandwiches, burgers, salads and similar café fare.
If you’re here on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, I recommend the Sand’Epica sandwich. It’s only available on these days because that’s when the focaccia used to make it is delivered.
There are only a few tables at Las Vegan, so the place fills up quickly. But if there’s no space here you can just walk across the street to VeganEats, which also serves good vegan food at extremely affordable prices.
Monday to Friday 12 pm to 10:30 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 4:30 pm, closed Sundays.
This restaurant used to be listed in my article on vegan-friendly restaurants in Lisbon. I’m happy to announce, though, that they have taken fish and other aquatic animals off their menu and are now completely vegan.
The menu changes daily, depending on what’s in-season and locally available. They tend to rotate through the same few dishes, though, all of which are fantastic. Their vegan lasagna is one of the best I’ve ever tasted.
Typically, on any given day there are three or four main dishes on the menu, along with appetizers, soups and desserts. While the focus is on healthy, organic ingredients, even folks who don’t typically eat a healthy diet will think the food here is delicious.
The location is perfect, right in the heart of Chiado, and the terrace is a lovely place to while away a sunny afternoon.
All the desserts are sugar-free, and they range from a typical Portuguese rice pudding to a pecan pie that looks like it could have been baked in my Granny’s kitchen in Alabama!
Open daily 12:30 pm to 6 pm and 7 pm to 10:30 pm.
This is a long-standing favorite among members of the vegan Lisbon community, and with good reason. The lunch menu is very good value and includes a few different vegan burgers, salads and sandwiches.
The dinner menu is a bit pricier, but has more options. They have recently revamped their dinner menu to include veganized dishes of several traditional Portuguese dishes. I recommend trying their starter boards -- the cheeses, sausages and "cuttlefish" are all delicious!
And in addition, there are always daily specials chalked up on the blackboard. Their burgers are delicious, and if you have a sweet tooth I recommend the Oreo, peanut butter and chocolate pie.
It’s a good idea to reserve in advance, as Ao 26 is very popular. This is easy to do online at thefork.pt.
Open Sunday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm, closed Saturday.
If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast or brunch, Eight is a great option. It’s in a convenient location right on Praça da Figueira. They don’t take reservations, but it’s a large place so it’s usually no problem to find a table.
Order at the bar downstairs, then place your number on your table and a staff member will bring your order to you. Servings are generous, and the menu consists mostly of salads, toasts, smoothie bowls and sandwiches, along with smoothies and juices.
I tend not to order salads in restaurants, but I make an exception at Eight. The salads here are some of the best in Lisbon. There’s also an eco-friendly shop on the first floor.
Open Monday to Friday 12 pm to 10 pm, Saturday to Sunday 11 am to 3 pm.
This relative newcomer is run by the same owners as Ao 26 Vegan Food Project, which has consistently been rated as one of the top vegan restaurants in Lisbon for several years now. The food at O Botanista is of a similarly high quality, but the menu is completely different.
O Botanista has a pleasant vibe, with lots of greenery in the dining area. I had heard people raving about this place before I went there. The first time I ate there, I thought the food was good but didn't quite live up to the hype.
But when I went back a few months later, the menu had changed completely, and everything I tasted was amazing! When you see the cakes in the display case, you'll definitely want to save room for dessert.
Open Wednesday to Friday 12 pm to 3:30 pm, Saturday to Sunday 10 am to 3:30 pm.
This tiny café is a welcome addition to the growing list of fully vegan Lisbon restaurants. The focus here is on sustainable, organic, local food and on supporting local producers and artists, and this philosophy can be seen in even the smallest details.
Flip to the back of the menu to read the backstory of the broken tiles on the walls, the blown glass light fixtures overhead, and the purposely asymmetrical bowls that the dishes are served in.
The food is healthy, but without sacrificing any when it comes to taste. I recommend starting your meal with the pão de queijo – a veganized version of a cheesy bread that’s part of traditional Brazilian cuisine.
The Green Affair Chiado
Open daily 12 pm to 11 pm.
The Green Affair first opened a few years ago in the Saldanha neighborhood, but I only went there once because it just wasn’t a very convenient location for me (or for most tourists).
But now they’ve opened another branch in Chiado, right in the heart of the city. And I’m quickly becoming a regular customer!
The atmosphere is quite classy, and yet the prices are surprisingly affordable. It would be a great place for a romantic date.
Everything I’ve tasted there so far has been really good, especially the desserts. They’re big enough to share, yet so could you’ll want to keep it all to yourself! I'm sad that their brownie is no longer on the menu (it was the best in town!), but the Charlie Brown chocolate cake is also pretty great.
The menu is quite varied, with everything from cauliflower wings to homemade pumpkin gnocchi. And the lunch specials offer incredible value at less than 10 euros for a starter, main and drink.
Kong - Vegan Modern Food
Open Monday to Saturday 12 pm to 10:30 pm, closed Sunday.
Kong has become one of my very favorite vegan restaurants in Lisbon. It opened in early 2019 but was originally run by a non-vegan who didn’t seem to care too much about the restaurant.
More recently, though, a couple of devoted vegan activists have taken over the place and really turned it around. They serve delicious vegan comfort food for tourists and locals alike.
The menu includes a decadent bacon and cheddar burger made with the Beyond Meat patty, and the most realistic fish and chips I’ve ever tasted. You won’t believe what they make it with!
And if you want to try veganized Portuguese food, they also serve dishes like francesinha and arroz sem polvo. The latter is a popular rice stew that, in this case, is made with mushrooms rather than octopus.
Traditional Portuguese food is quite heavy on meat and fish, and veganized versions are hard to find. I’m really glad to see Kong filling that gap! They also offer a traditional Brazilian feijoada (black bean stew) on Thursdays.
And if you’re on a tight budget, the dish of the day is great value at just 6.50. Plus, you’re greeted by a larger-than-life-sized statue of a gorilla when you walk in. What more could you ask for?
Open Monday to Saturday 12 pm to 3 pm and 6:30 pm to 11 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm.
As you can probably guess, this small and cozy restaurant serves up vegan junk food, like Beyond burgers and tacos al pastor. The cauliflower wings are highly rated, and they make all kinds of sauces from scratch to go with them.
But my absolute favorite is the cheeseburger (made with a Beyond Meat patty). Whenever I'm having a burger craving, this is my go to.
They’re trying pretty hard to appeal to the hipster crowd (the menu is written on a vinyl record!), but they seem to attract all kinds of people, which is great.
There are only a few tables, so it’s not really suitable for groups. But if you’re just on your own or with a friend or partner, it’s a good place to stop in for lunch.
Alternatively, come in the evening for a cocktail. They stay open until 11 pm, which is a bit later than most restaurants in Lisbon.
Moko Veggie Café
Open Monday to Saturday 9 am to 7 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.
This café run by a lovely Taiwanese family started out as vegetarian and had been slowly weeding out animal products from the menu. Then in 2019, Moko officially went fully vegan. Yay!
Moko is a great place to come for breakfast, as they make croissants and lots of other yummy baked goods. They even have vegan bolas de Berlim, a typical Portuguese dessert that’s an Iberian spin on the jam-filled doughnuts from Berlin.
If you come around lunchtime, you can also get a hot meal here, such as a noodle soup or veggie burger. In keeping with religious-based customs among vegans in Taiwan, all the dishes are also free of alliums (garlic, onions, etc.). Keep in mind that the space is really tiny, with just a few tables.
And the owners don’t speak much English. But they are super friendly and will make themselves understood with a mix of Portuguese, Chinese and charades! Check out my list of survival phrases in Chinese if you want to strike up a conversation with them.
They recently opened a second, larger location in Alvalade, which I’ve not yet had a chance to check out.
Open daily 12 pm to 8 pm for dine in, and until 10 pm for take away and delivery.
This all-vegan burger joint has taken over the space that used to be a branch of Vegana Burgers in the Saldanha Atrium shopping mall. I've never mentioned Vegana Burgers on this blog before, because frankly their burgers were crap. Which is probably why they all went out of business.
But Mother Burger is a vast improvement! If you're having junk food cravings, a meal here is sure to satisfy them. A burger here is a meal in itself, but if you're extra hungry I also recommend the spicy cheese balls and the Oreo milk shake.
To be honest, I didn't like the Your Mamma burger all that much, but I think I just ordered poorly. I was hoping it would be like a chicken burger, and it wasn't. But Nick was very happy with the Burger Queen, which looked amazing. I'll definitely order that next time.
By the way, if you're offended by profanity then don't look too closely at what's written on the walls. Their tagline is "vegan f*cking burger".
Be sure to check out my other articles on Portugal too. Here they are, all in one place!
- The Best Museums Porto Has to Offer
- How the Harry Potter Stories Were Inspired by Porto
- Where to Find the Best Vegan Food in Porto
- How to Visit the Largest Open-Air Street Art Gallery in Europe
- How to Survive as a Vegan in Portugal's Hunting Capital?
- Restaurants in Lisbon that Vegans and Non-Vegans Will Both Enjoy
- Top 7 Experiences in Lisbon That You Don't Want to Miss
- On the Hunt for Street Art in Braga, Portugal
- Everything You Need to Know About the Medieval Town of Óbidos
- Where to Find Vegan Food in Évora, Portugal
- Vegan Dining Guide to Faro, Portugal
- Where to Go on Retreat in Northern Portugal
- Visiting the Largest Open-Air Street Art Gallery in Europe
The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Lisbon
Jardim dos Sentidos
Open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday and for dinner Thursday to Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
This classy vegetarian restaurant has a lovely ambience and is perfect for a romantic dinner.
While not everything on the menu is vegan, the vegan options are clearly labeled and make up a good portion of the menu. Allergens are also clearly marked.
The stroganoff is deliciously creamy, and their caco burger has quite a meaty mouthfeel.
The one area where they don’t cater that well for vegans is the desserts. The best vegan option in my opinion is the apple and prune crumble, not to be confused with the apple pie with cinnamon and raisins (also vegan, but not nearly as good).
But for some reason they don’t carry vegan vanilla ice cream, so for vegan customers they top the crumble with lemon or pineapple sorbet instead, which is just weird. I always ask them to leave off the sorbet.
Update: Their Facebook post from 23 June 2021 seems to indicate they are temporarily closed, so check here for the latest.
This small café near the Miradouro de Santa Catarina (also known as Adamastor) serves up authentic vegetarian Israeli food. There's a good chance that whoever is behind the counter will offer you a taste of their falafel when you walk in.
They might even tell you it's the best falafel in the world. And they just may be right! It's pretty damn good.
There's a decent selection of sandwiches and larger meals, all made fresh to order. And pretty much everything can be made vegan. It's a great option for delicious food at a very reasonable price.
Open Monday to Saturday 12:30pm to 3:30pm and 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Closed Sunday.
The folks at PSI have really perfected their craft in the 15 years that they’ve been in business. The food is superb, and the delightful garden is the perfect place to while away an afternoon.
The menu is real fusion of world flavors, with an emphasis on vegetarian dishes from the Indian subcontinent (stuffed rotis, thalis and Indian curries all make an appearance).
I recommend starting off with the mango ceviche before digging in to the dandan noodles or the curry laksa. But anything you order is bound to be delicious.
While it’s definitely not a 100% vegan Lisbon restaurant, the owner has told me that any new menu items they add from now on will be vegan.
Open Monday to Friday 12:45pm to 2:45 pm and 7:30 pm to 10:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 12:45 pm to 3 pm and 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
This Tibetan vegetarian restaurant is beautifully decorated with Buddhist wall hangings and colorful banners, and it feels a world away from Lisbon. There’s often a film about Tibetan Buddhism playing on the flat-screen TV. The sound stays off, though, so it's not too distracting, and makes it feel like you've actually traveled to Tibet.
My favorite dishes from the menu are the mango tofu curry and the crunchy ting momo. Of course, they also have regular momos (dumplings), but the ting momo is something completely different. It’s a typical Tibetan bread roll that has been fried until it’s crispy on the outside. Delish!
My one complaint about this place is the dessert menu. Apart from fresh fruit, there is nothing for vegans. Let's hope they'll had something more interesting soon.
Vegan-Friendly Hotels in Lisbon
If you’re looking for a vegan-friendly place to stay, the following hotels have been recommended for their willingness to accommodate vegans. Click the links below to see photos and read reviews of the hotels:
New vegetarian and vegan restaurants are opening up in Lisbon all the time, so I will be updating this list regularly. Save this post so you can check for new updates!