Vegan Lisbon: My top picks for plant-based fare in the Portuguese capital

In recent years Lisbon has been making a name for itself as a top vegan destination. And thankfully, when we visited, it certainly lived up to its reputation.

We were living and working remotely in the Portuguese capital for two weeks. And while we were there we took full advantage of the varied grub available across the city.

Here I take a look back at some of our favourite food moments in Lisbon.

Veganeats Caffe

I discovered Veganeats on Happy Cow and was intrigued by the place’s glowing reviews. So, in spite of its slightly out-of-town location, we made the journey there one evening. The eatery operates more as a cafe and sells veganised versions of a number of baked goodies, including cakes and pastries. However, Veganeats’ real draw is its attentive staff, who are so sweet to visitors even though their English is limited.

The Food Temple

Nestled in the heart of Alfama, on the cutest of courtyards, The Food Temple is a wonderful place for a special dinner. We visited on the evening of my birthday and shared a number of small plates that were all equally delicious. We allowed our server to guide our choices and left feeling full and utterly satisfied.

Jardim das Cerejas

Jardim das Cerejas is the perfect place to grab a quick and tasty no-frills meal. The vegan buffet serves up a range of dishes, but the overall flavour is distinctively Indian based. We only visited the once, but the central location of the eatery means it could serve as the ideal lunch spot during busy days exploring the city.

Vegana

Squirrelled away in a hidden courtyard, this burger restaurant is only assessible through a nondescript glass door.

However, Vegana is a hidden gem. This is fast food at its finest. Healthier, tastier and more ecological than your average fast food joint, there’s no reason to feel guilty after chowing down on one of the eatery’s signature meal deals. The menu is limited, with about six burger options, but that just means there’s less time spent choosing and more time to eat.

Foodprintz

We visited Foodprintz after our first ever surfing lesson. So, needless to say, we’d worked up quite the appetite. Thankfully, the menu did not disappoint, restoring our energy with its wholesome and colourful cuisine. The setting itself had quite the hippy-ish vibe, boasting its own downstairs yoga studio and a commitment to eco-friendly fare.

Fragoleto

Given the fact that Lisbon boasts some of Europe’s best weather – with 3,023 hours of sunshine each year – an ice cream (or two) doesn’t go amiss. Thankfully, Fragoleto cater to vegans with a range of flavours to tickle the taste buds and provide some welcome refreshment.

Ao 26 Vegan Food Project

Ao 26 Vegan Food Project is a relatively new addition to the vegan food scene in Lisbon and is at the more hipster end of the scale. Menu highlights include indulgent burgers and refreshing salads. However, we were all about the vegan Bifana – a cruelty-free version of a beef sandwich dish that is popular in the area.

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