Cabbage and tasteless tofu are a distant memory for Lisbon's vegetarians. From the very best restaurants in Lisbon to Lisbon's best healthy restaurants, check out the creme-de-la-creme of the city's veggie scene. Here are the best vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon.
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The best vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon
The restaurant is located in a quaint Mouraria - one of the best there, actually - square with trees in the centre. In front of it is a curved stairway and a neighbour who sometimes opens her window to sing fado music. Now ignore all that typical Portugal stuff and focus on Alice Ming's vegetarian food. She is a Canadian of Chinese heritage that cooks Mediterranean, Portuguese and Asian dishes in her crowdfunded restaurant. The menu, like the world, keeps changing.
Time Out tips:
– Alice Ming often hosts cooking workshops. Sign up to her mailing list to know the dates.
– Get ready for nuts, lots of nuts.
– Meals are either outdoors or at a community table inside.
It's impossible to walk past Os Tibetanos without peeking inside – either because of the scent or due to the colourful flags hung outside. If you go in, you will find a very peaceful hall and a world-cuisine inspired, 100% vegetarian menu. That means Indian papadams, Nepalese momos, Tibetan spinach and cheese pastries, curries, pastas, salads and even tofu and seitan steaks, well-known throughout Lisbon.
Time Out tips:
– The papaya and curd cheese pie is very popular.
– Inside you will find a store and a temple with yoga classes and a meditation area.
– You really should reserve a table in the inner courtyard.
You need to run a bit of a steeplechase race to get to the Portugal Hindu Community Canteen. You go up and down stairs, you traverse a giant parking lot, then more steps, then a door, then another door. Finally you get to a large windowless room, you get steel plates and bowls and you hit – gently, please – the buffet. Sounds harder than it is, but no wonder it's a part of our list on how to disappear completely in Lisbon. The food is 100% vegetarian; there's no menu, no alcohol, no silverware (push the food around with bread).
Time Out tips:
– There's always soup, white rice, Indian roti bread and cooked legumes.
– There's also vegetable curry – watch out, they don't go light on the spicy stuff.
– Our critics gave it a five-star review.
Rare and unique in Lisbon, this bio pizzeria is a must for people who like thin-crust pizza. The restaurant is unpretentious and simple, but you can expect to eat well here. You can also watch as the dough is rolled in front of your eyes until it gets smooth and inelastic. You can taste organic mozzarella from Italy and vegetables from a bio farm in Portugal, among other bio products - that's why we recommend it as one of the best healthy restaurants in Lisbon. On Sundays, they also have fresh pastas and risottos with the day's produce.
Time Out tips:
– One of the five star-picks for Time Out critics in 2016.
– Be original: try the pesto pizza.
– Order the burrata, seasoned with olive oil and basil.
The best rooftop in Cascais is located at the top of this store/café/gallery that serves vegetarian and vegan meals and, in the summer, even raw food dishes. You should pay a visit to buy chinaware, have a drink on the rooftop, see the sights or even if you just want to taste one of the salads, cakes and drink one of the homemade juices or teas, which are always made according to the owner’s inspiration. It’s completely worthy of a visit!
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It’s one of the oldest and most special vegetarian restaurants in the city, in business for 15 years. The garden, with a waterfall and a pond that has ducks, turtles, and carps was inaugurated by Dalai Lama and it also has a children’s playground and a vegetable garden with plants and aromatic herbs. Everyday Yasser Saiyad, the chef, cooks Indian, Thai and Italian inspired dishes, some of them which are vegan and gluten-free. On the menu, there is mango ceviches, vegetable samosas, roti, Indian bread with cream cheese, honey and walnuts, feta salads or grain falafel, bittersweet eggplant dishes, seitan meatballs and also pannacottas with pistachios pralines to finish off big.
António Borges is a Jack of all trades. And we are not exaggerating. See for yourself: he is an industrial graphic designer, he paints, sculpts, takes photos and works with metallic pieces. He also commercializes hydraulic mosaic pieces and helps as a carpenter here and there. In fact, he created the tabletops of the wooden tables of his newest establishment, which opened in Graça in the beginning of 2017. The restaurant, which was once a 12th century cistern and a huge 19th century bakery, serves different dishes every day, such as black bean vegetarian hamburgers inside bolo do caco (7,50€), spinach soup (1,70€), peixinhos da horta (3€) and vegan cream cheese desserts with carrot jam (2,50€). Every day they serve breakfast and on Sundays there are brunches that include bread baskets, scrambled eggs, fruit juices, toasts with honey and jam, vegan pancakes, homemade granolas and hot beverages (8,50€ e 16€).
It’s located at Príncipe Real and it has several rooms capable of accommodating everyone. There’s a room with Japanese pictures, another named the “blue Buddha room”, which takes in bigger groups and there’s also a garden where smaller groups can hang out. In each one you can have the Luciano Cruz’s buffet, the chef who is responsible for cooking whole platters of Portuguese dishes, such as sweet potato feijoada (a typical dish made with beans), castanhas à Alentejana (chestnut as cooked in Alentejo), vegetarian espetadas (brochettes) and pataniscas with tomato rice and pepper or Bulhão Pato style mushrooms. But there’s more. You can savour other dishes with curry, couscous, bruschettas or Greek salads. Drink fruit juices, exotic cocktails, teas, and tisanes and finish off with a chocolate brownie or a conventual sweet rice pudding.
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