Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Eating Vegan in Lisbon

This month was the opening the first completely vegan fast-food chain in Lisbon, Vegana Burgers. I feel like this was a big step towards a more compassionate future, so I decided to share some cheap and vegan options for anyone who is visiting Lisbon.
Typical Portuguese food is not vegan friendly, and few places other than vegetarian restaurants offer 100% vegan dishes, but you can still get some good homemade meals downtown. There are two places I'd like to talk about, none of them are actual restaurants, they are cultural associations that feature a canteen, where most of the time you can eat a complete meal including soup, main dish and desert for less than 5 euros.

Firstly, we have Disgraça in Rua da Penha de França. Disgraça is a DIY center, only a few months old, that relies on its all-vegan canteen to be self-sustainable. They share their space with BOESG and there are concerts on weekends, film showings on Mondays, workshops and all sorts of things going on, all the time. Dinner is available on days where there are any events going on, so check their website to keep yourself updated on their monthly event schedule. It's a wonderful place to hang-out and have a nice cruelty-free meal and, since this is not a restaurant, make sure you wash your own dish after you're done eating. 

Picture taken from their facebook.

Then, we have Cantina Cooperativa in Rua Regueirão dos Anjos (also known as RDA). You can have lunch and dinner at Cantina Cooperativa from Tuesdays to Fridays, usually the meal times are from 1pm to 3pm and from 8pm to 10pm. It's very laid back and chill, it does't always have free tables so you might have to sit on the street but don't let this get you down, it's still an overall nice place to enjoy a meal with friends. Again, since this is not a restaurant, so you should wash your own dish when you're finished.

Picture taken from their facebook, click to see some of the goodies cooked here.

Location: Both Disgraça and RDA are a small walk away from the metro station Anjos in the green line.

If you want food on-the-go or something vegan-friendly to cook that you can't find at regular supermarkets, try Celeiro. It's a chain market that sells natural, biological products and it's pretty easy to find in any part of town, just search for the nearest location here.

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