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Mónica Da Silva in Portugal: Lisbon’s best veggie/vegan restaurants serve up great food and a little bit of tradition

Legumi

I have been a vegetarian for more than 10 years and I love eating! I am a fan of trying different flavors and I spend quite some time checking reviews before picking a restaurant. Even though Lisbon isn’t as veggie/vegan-friendly as other European capitals, this has been slowly changing and there are more and more vegan and veggie places everywhere. The projects I chose to gather here go beyond having wonderful food and a lovely staff. They all have their history and a purpose, and I can guarantee you will love them, so keep reading ….

Las Vegan

Affordable and sustainable vegan food

This yummy project started in 2017 and it’s only a 5-minute walk away from Arroios subway station. The environment is super cozy and they have a wide range of options. It isn’t too hard to tell when food is cooked with love and this was the case in Las Vegan.

I tried King Fungo: a delicious sandwich with pulled mushrooms, red cabbage coleslaw with veganaise and seasoned arugula, and I drank their juice of the day and a coffee. Everything was to die for and it was only 9.5 euros! 

Did you know a lot of fruits go to trash because they don’t look nice and no one buys them? Well, in Las Vegan they use those fruits to make their amazing juices. Furthermore, they work with bio ingredients made in Portugal.

You can enjoy lunch from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 pm and dinner from Monday to Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Visit them: Rua Cavaleiro de Oliveira 53B // Follow them on Instagram: @lasveganlisboa 

Legumi

Vegan sushi in the heart of Lisbon

Who said that vegans can’t eat sushi? I am obsessed with Japanese cuisine but it is really hard to find proper vegan options. The best you will get will be a piece of cucumber rolled in a bunch of rice, take or leave it. Luckily, I found Legumi. This project started in 2019 and its creator is originally from Brazil. The owner’s daughter decided to stop eating animals when she was five years old, so he and his wife had to adapt. Furthermore, he started attending cooking lessons in the Japanese embassy in Brazil when he was 9 years old.

Their menu varies depending on the season as they buy all their fresh ingredients in the morning in local markets. Besides being delicious, everything is so aesthetically pleasant that you will get hungry just by looking at their Instagram.

You can expect to spend from 15 euros to 20 euros on average per person and they are open for dinner everyday except Monday. Hours are from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and for lunch only on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m.

Visit them: Calçada do Combro 56 // Follow them: @legumisushi

Check out the menu here.

Oásis do André

Vegetarian food in a homey place

I must admit I go to Oásis for lunch everytime I’m around the area and I’m always amazed with what they offer. The best vegetarian lasagna I have ever had is made in that place. Their staff is always very nice and their desserts are amazing. They don’t have a fixed menu, instead they offer four different dishes to choose from every week. The prices vary from €6.50 to €15 per person depending on the amount of food you want to have. 

This project started in 2011 and the restaurant is just so cozy and the food so tasty that it makes you feel at home. Also, when the weather is nice, you can sit outside and enjoy sunny Lisbon. It is the perfect spot to have lunch after spending the morning in Gulbenkian gardens because it’s in front of it.

You can visit them from Monday to Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for lunch, and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Visit them: R. Marquês Sá da Bandeira 76  // Follow them: Oásis do André

You can see the menu here.

Os Tibetanos

Vegetarian Tibetan food

My final pick is a bit pricier than the previous ones but their menu is huge and their food extremely tasty. They are only 5 minutes away by walking from Avenida da Liberdade and their project has been going on for the last 40 years. It is said this was the first vegetarian restaurant in Lisbon. The place and environment are really unique, its decoration and flavours will definitely transport you to another place. 

Although Tibetan food is not completely vegetarian, their restaurant is. They modified the dishes originally made with meat and included plant-based proteins to create vegetarian and vegan options. You can have the dish of the day for 9.90 euros or you can choose one of their specialties for prices ranging from 10 euros to 15 euros.

They are open everyday for lunch from 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., and for dinner from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

Visit hem: Rua do salitre 117 // Follow them: Os tibetanos

About the author:

Mónica Da Silva was born in Venezuela but her parents and grandparents are Portuguese. She’s a teacher and translator. Mónica lived in Bonn, Germany for six months and has been in Lisbon for three years.

She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English, French and a bit of German.

Read more of Mónica’s posts for Dispatches here.

Read more about Lisbon and Portugal in our Dispatches archives.

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