Being a vegetarian can be a challenge – especially if you are an expat living in countries that don’t cater much to the meatless lifestyle. Finding ways to follow your vegetarian ways may be simpler when you’re on your home turf, but traveling to countries with meat-strong cuisines tends to throw even the staunchest vegetarians off track.
Portugal is known for its meaty dishes, whether we’re talking about the famous Francesinha or the Portuguese seafood medleys. At first glance it might seem like Portugal isn’t a vegetarian-friendly country, but there are quite a few great vegetarian and vegan places that have popped up in recent years in the nation’s capital. So if you’re paying Lisboa a visit and fear you’ll have to give up being a vegetarian while there, worry no more! Here are some of Lisbon’s best vegetarian options to keep you meat-free and happy!
This hidden gem is easily one of Lisbon’s best vegetarian restaurants – both for the food and for the ambiance! Most of the dishes are Asian fusion so you can choose from different themes, whether you’re in the mood for something a little Indian, Thai, or want to try them all. The portions are hearty and the surroundings are beautiful! You’ll find it way too easy to while away an evening here.
Suggested dish: Sweet and sour eggplant with tofu – 10.90
If I could gush on and on about this organic pizzeria I would, because it offered me one of the most memorable experiences in Lisbon! The owner’s niece is studying opera and stops in every couple of weeks to serenade the patrons as she serves their food. We were lucky enough to be in on a night when she was there and got a free opera performance with our dinner! Even if you don’t get to hear this talented beauty sing, Boca Lupo is well worth the visit. Over half their menu caters to vegetarians and they sell great, locally brewed beer to go along with it. Did I mention that the food is absolutely sublime?
Suggested dish: Rossa (pizza with mozzarella, dried tomato, and basil) – 13.50
Nestled in a side street just steps away from the central stop of Lisbon’s famed Tram 28, Ink is a pure vegan restaurant that takes pride in providing healthy, meat and dairy free dishes. While I wasn’t a big fan of their sandwich of the day, I did fall in love with their vegan chili which is absolutely delish. Even better, you get to sit at cute, colorful picnic tables while you eat.
Suggested dish: Soup and drink deal (vegan chili and fruit drink of choice) – 9.50
Given its close proximity to Spain, it’s no surprise you can find a lot of Spanish influence in Portugal. Behind Lison’s Praça do Comércio you’ll find alleyways dedicated almost entirely to the wonders of paella. While not all of them offer vegetarian options, you’re certain to find a few who do. Pair your vegetarian paella with some sangria and your Portuguese holiday will have reached its relaxing peak!
Suggested dish: Vegetarian paella – 10.50
Terra is touted as one of Lisbon’s top vegetarian restaurants and is a must-try if you’re hunting for a good variety of meatless dishes. The concept at Terra is pretty simple: you pay a set price for the buffet, then extra for any drinks you’d like to consume. The restaurant even has a pretty back terrace for sitting on particularly lovely days!
Suggested dish: All-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet – 15.90
Do you have any vegetarian favorites in Lisbon? Share your suggestions in the comments section!