Local Food in Lisbon

Being a vegan in Lisbon

Being a vegan abroad isn’t always easy – depending on where you go of course. But if you’re traveling to Lisbon, Portugal, in the nearby future and you’re a vegan, you’re in luck. It might come as a surprise but Lisbon is actually one of the best places to be a vegan. With vegan cafés popping up everywhere, you’ll have more options than you’ll have time. You can find anything from strictly vegan cafés and restaurants, to places that has vegan options. If you’re more in the mood for cooking at home, there’s meat replacements such as tofu and tempeh to be purchased, as well as tons of nut milk.

But the vegan market didn’t become popular because of the locals. Quite the contrary, many of the Portuguese would never think the thought of abandoning meat, let alone become vegan. It’s more thanks to the high influx of tourists and expats that’s brought the vegan scene to Lisbon. Although there are plenty of locals that have adapted this food habit as well, you’ll notice that many of the cafés are foreign owned. Either way, you won’t have to starve when you’re traveling to Lisbon. Feed your stomach with all kinds of delicious treats such as vegan pastel de natas (a traditional Portuguese custard pie), chocolate cakes, donuts, and much more.

There’s plenty of places to visit so if you’re having a hard time selecting which ones, take a look at this list:

Ao26 Vegan food project – an all vegan restaurant in the city centre which changes its daily lunch menu every day. The food is nothing but spectacular and the atmosphere is cool and relaxing. The prices for the lunch menu is also very affordable – for only €7 you get a full meal that will fill you up until late afternoon. If you have some space in your stomach, make sure to order a dessert as well. Remember to make a reservation though since this place usually gets very crowded.

Tantura – not a vegan restaurant but they have plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. This Israeli restaurant will satisfy all your hummus and falafel cravings. This place is really popular and it’s not hard to see why. When you’ve gotten tired of the Portuguese food and you’re looking for something different, Tantura is the place for you.

Foodprintz – a vegan café which serves some delicious breakfasts such as buckwheat pancakes and coconut yoghurt. They also have some incredible vegan cakes if you’re looking for something sweet. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but  it’s really worth spending those extra pennies on.

Of course, there’s lots of more places to discover, but if you only have a limited amount of time, try visiting at least one of these. Vegan food has never tasted this good and even the most sceptical ones will be satisfied here.

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