Whether for reasons of environmental awareness or health, the number of Vegans has increased exponentially in recent years. More than a food option, veganism is a lifestyle that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation, not only in food, but also in clothing and beauty products. The originality of the dishes and the variety of flavours accompanied the growing demand, so it is worth checking out All About Portugal suggestions for vegan restaurants in Lisbon and Porto, which we are sure will surprise you.
Ao 26 – Vegan Food Project
Located in Lisbon's Chiado area, this relaxed yet elegant space serves numerous vegan delicacies. Be sure to try seitan 'bifana', the vegetarian burgers and the Thai vegetable curry, as well as the many tempting desserts. To accompany, there is no shortage of organic wines, craft beer and teas.
Entering this pleasant space, located in Cais do Sodré, you may think that you have made a mistake and ended up in a greenhouse. The site, divided into two floors and a terrace, was designed by a landscape architect and the result is charming. The menu has a "brunch all day long" concept, with delicious desserts.
Legumi Sushi Vegan
Eating sushi is no longer a problem for those on a vegan diet! Legumi is Lisbon's first vegan sushi restaurant, made only with vegetables, without any kind of fish. Sushiman Leonardo Lattari is the great chef responsible for the gastronomical service, serving sushi made with more than 40 ingredients. There is also a small grocery store with vegan and organic products such as cheese, chocolate and wines.
The Green Affair
An elegant space located in the Saldanha area that can be both sophisticated and informal, serving carefully presented vegan food with influences from around the world. The menu changes every season to take advantage of the seasonality of the products, which are mostly local and organic. To accompany you can order an author cocktail created by bartender Telmo Pacheco.
What better combination could there be than Indian and vegan food, even in lower town Lisbon (Baixa)? The name is exactly a junction of Vegan with Ganapati, one of several names attributed to the Hindu sacred entity Ganesha. It serves creative and delicious dishes, by the hands of chef Ricardo Salsa, who gives them a careful presentation. Be sure to try the “alheira” croquettes and the black bean burger with lime mayonnaise.
Apuro - Vegan Bar
It is Porto's first vegan bar, a multifunctional space where you can have a drink, eat delicious vegan snacks and even watch concerts, gatherings or other events. The menu includes tapas, for a shared meal, hamburgers and, to accompany, organic wine and craft beer. The space is completely pet friendly, frequently seeing four-legged friends roaming around, and has even hosted a canine birthday!
Árvore do Mundo
It is not just a restaurant or a cafe, it is a home serving vegan/vegetarian dishes, a gallery with painting and sculpture exhibitions, a small library and a craft shop. Located in Batalha, this harmonious house with colourful furniture and cosy corners, including two terraces, makes us feel at home.
The name leaves no room for doubt: products of animal origin do not enter here, only a vegan macrobiotic regime. Located in the Bonfim area, the space, modern but with vintage touches, works as a restaurant, bakery and grocery store. The kitchen is creative and sustainable, using mainly seasonal and organic products.
Located in Vila Nova de Gaia, it works as a bakery and snack place, standing out for some originally Brazilian products. Created the PadoVegan brand, which offers a panoply of quality vegan products, from assorted cakes, to puff pastries and rissoles. It promotes a monthly vegan lunch and, occasionally, a vegan 'francesinha' festival.