Having lived in the Portuguese capital for more than a year 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.
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!
In a few weeks I’ll be publishing my guide to the best vegan-friendly (but not exclusively vegan or vegetarian) restaurants in Lisbon, so keep an eye out for that.
For now, though, here is 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
Dinner only, 7:30pm – 12am, closed Monday and Tuesday
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 every night, 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.
10:30am – 7pm, closed Sunday and Monday
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 formerly vegan TOO café inside the museum has unfortunately added chicken flesh to its menu, Quintal de Santo Amaro is a good alternative in the vicinity for those who prefer to eat in a fully vegan establishment.
Open daily, 11:3am – 3pm and 4pm – 7:30pm Monday to Friday; 11am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday
The name means “The Old Butcher Shop”, and that’s exactly what this place used to be. It has since undergone a complete transformation and is now a shop that sells a variety of eco-friendly vegan products (shoes, clothing, speakers, etc.), with a small café upstairs above the shop.
O Antigo Talho opened in December 2017 and is one of the newest additions to the vegan Lisbon scene. The ever-changing menu offers a mix of international flavors, from Moroccan couscous to Vietnamese pho.
Each day there’s a different soup, wrap, quiche and main dish on offer. The ordering system takes a bit of getting used to (you’re given a plastic card that you present at the cash register when ordering), but the food is delicious.
Open daily 12pm – 3:30pm and 7pm – 11pm
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.
But one thing I will never grow tired of is their bolo de bolacha (cookie cake). 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 recently opened a second, larger branch at Rua Andrade Corvo 7B, near the Picoas metro stop.
10am – 5pm, closed Monday.
While Aloha Café does serve breakfast and lunch throughout the week, the real reason to come here is for their amazing weekend brunch. The food is said to be inspired by the macrobiotic philosophy of eating, but you’d never know it.
The dishes, while healthy, are also much tastier than any other macrobiotic meals I’ve ever eaten. All the desserts are sugar-free, and the bread is organic.
There’s also a small shop on the premises that sells a few organic food products. In addition to their vegan Lisbon restaurant in the chic Príncipe Real neighborhood, they also have an “Aloha Beach” branch in Sesimbra.
9am – 7pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm Sunday. Closed Saturday.
Foodprintz serves organic, locally-sourced, wholesome, fair-trade vegan food in a cozy space that also doubles as a yoga studio. Workshops, talks and other events are also held regularly within the same space.
The breakfast and lunch menu changes each month to incorporate seasonal produce, and there are also daily specials. The focus is always on creating dishes that are as healthy as possible, so if you’re not used to eating healthy food then some of the dishes might not be that appetizing to you.
One item that is sure to please everyone, though, is the artisan nut-based cheeses that are made on the premises. It’s honestly some of the best vegan cheese I’ve ever tasted.
You can order a Gopal cheese platter to enjoy at the restaurant, or buy a round of cheese (or two!) to take back to your hotel or AirBnB. They come in fun flavors like Piney (cashew cheese with pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes) and Fruitloop (a sweet, fruity brie).
Open daily, 9am – 7:30pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday
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.
12:30pm – 3:30pm Monday, 12:30pm – 6:30pm and 7:30pm – 11pm Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Sunday
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. 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.
8:30am – 7pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday
This tiny café opened in November 2017 and 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.
10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday
This quaint café first got its start in the nearby beach town of Cascais, and in late 2017 they joined the vegan Lisbon scene by opening a branch in Chiado.
Each day there’s a new daily special, and they also offer snacks like mini-pizzas, savory pies and toasted sandwiches. There’s typically a range of three or four desserts as well.
The space is small and very homey, and the location right in the center of the main shopping district is very convenient. Dona Flor is actually one of three vegan businesses that share a single cruelty-free space.
In addition to the café, there’s also Green Beans Market, where you can stock up on vegan cheeses, Vego chocolate bars and various pantry staples, and Sapato Verde, which sells vegan and fair-trade shoes, clothing and bags.
The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Lisbon
12pm – 3pm weekdays (12:30pm – 3:30pm on Saturdays) and 7pm – 10:30pm. Closed Sunday.
This classy vegetarian restaurant has a lovely ambience and is perfect for a romantic dinner. On Tuesday evenings, they run a special deal where €36 gets you a bottle of wine and a three-course dinner for two.
While not everything on the menu is vegan, the vegan options are clearly labeled and make up a good portion of the menu. The stroganoff is deliciously creamy, and their burger is one of the meatiest veggie burgers I’ve ever tasted.
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.
9am – 6pm (until 2am on Friday and Saturday). Closed Sunday.
This tiny hole-in-the-wall serves up some of the best crêpes you’ll ever taste. The crêpe batter is vegan, and pretty much any menu item can be made in a vegan version. A gluten-free option is also available.
There’s a range of both sweet and savory crêpes on offer, as well as juices and smoothies. If you’re going the savory route, I highly recommend shelling out the extra €1 to add melted Violife vegan cheese.
Seating is pretty much non-existent, so be prepared to stand at the bar or take your crêpe out to the nearby Praça Europa and watch the world go by.
The word on the street is that the bar next door (which does have seating) will soon be offering the Sama Sama menu to their customers, so inquire about that if you’d like to enjoy your crêpe sitting down.
12:30pm – 3:30pm and 7:30pm – 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 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 daily, 12:15pm – 3:45pm and 7:30pm – 11pm Monday to Friday; 12:45pm – 4:15pm and 8pm – 11:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
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 (without the sound, so it doesn’t distract too much from the atmosphere).
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.
12:30pm – 3:30pm and 7:30pm – 11:30pm Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Terra is beautifully situated inside an 18th-century building with a lovely garden out the back. They offer an all-you-can-eat buffet with a plethora of options, most of which are vegan.
At €12.50 for weekday lunch and €15.90 for dinner and weekend meals, the prices are a bit higher than at other vegetarian buffets in Portugal. That being said, the atmosphere is much nicer here than at your typical buffet restaurant.
The extensive spread includes a soup, a number of hot dishes and salads, fresh fruit and the dessert of the day. Unfortunately, the dessert is usually not vegan, but they do have a vegan apple crumble that can be ordered separately.
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!