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The best vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon

Looking for the best vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon? Here are four great options for those avoiding meat and fish

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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 Food Temple

The restaurant is located in a quaint Mouraria 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.

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Castelo de São Jorge

Os Tibetanos

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.

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Avenida da Liberdade/Príncipe Real

Templo Hindu Radha Krishna

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. 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.

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In Bocca al Lupo

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 legumes from a bio farm in Portugal, among other bio products. 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.

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Chiado/Cais do Sodré