In Lisbon there is really a lot to see, to eat and to do. In addition, you can stay cheaply in a broad range of low-budget hostels. And in the surrounding area there are also some hidden gems to discover. As all of this information and insider tips are beyond the scope of a blog post, we have sorted them into the following five categories and divided them into five individual articles:
Let’s start with the first part, the other four will follow in the next days.
Since there is a lot of vegan food in the Região de Lisboa, we have created this Google Maps map for a better overview. On the basis of the numbers you can retrace which café/restaurant we’re talking about and go there yourself. Numbers 1-9 and 34-36 can be found in the fifth part about the surroundings of Lisbon.
The first café we visited in Lisbon was The Therapist (number 11 on the Vegan Map) at the LX Factory. This is an alternative creative island on a former factory site, where it is teeming with agencies, studios, cafés, bars, restaurants and small shops. It is also the venue for theaters, concerts, exhibitions and workshops, but more on that in the third part of the Lisbon series. In any case, The Therapist is one of these cafés, offering not only sweet and savory vegan specialties, but also various workshops, courses, alternative healing methods and therapies.
Not far away is also the A Mesa Café (number 12 on the Vegan Map), which offers a vegan brunch that leaves nothing to be desired: savory tapioca crêpe, vegane cheese rolls, hummus, guacamole, soy yogurt with muesli, freshly squeezed juices, fruit and banana bread. Everything homemade and gluten-free! The brunch can be enjoyed all day, but for the little hunger there are also some individual vegan dishes. At the end we had another açaí smoothie bowl, also very delicious.
The following cafés focus on a specific specialty and are therefore a special feature.
The first one to mention would be Santo Bagel (number 14 on the Vegan Map). As the name suggests, everything is about bagels here. The “base” can be chosen freely, there are also gluten-free options. The ratatouille bagel and the hummus bagel are vegan. But you can also create your own bagel with tofu-cream and jalapeños, olives, dried tomatoes, crispy onions or mixed herbs. For dessert there is a bagel with peanut butter and jam.
Oh yes, the Pop Cereal Café (number 19 on the Vegan Map) is definitely quite special: Here, you can mix together more than 100 different kinds of cereals and different toppings, cookies and other sweets. In addition, there is a wide selection of plant milk. The employees know about veganism and happily compose vegan creations. As if this wasn’t spacy enough already, everything here is kept in comic style. Oh, and anyone who likes to breakfast in bed: That’s also possible here, after all, in the middle of the room there’s a bunk bed! Whether for breakfast, dessert, snack or main meal: the Pop Cereal Café is open every day from 9 am until midnight.
Equally unusual is our next recommendation: Tweny Pancake (number 22 on the Vegan Map). A pancake shop and completely vegan at the same time! Meanwhile, rumor has it that, in addition to sweet pancakes with all kinds of toppings, smoothies, coffees and hot chocolate, you can get also savory wraps. If you’re hungry, you might get the “tower” of five stacked pancakes or break the record of 14 with toppings or 18 without toppings. An absolute must for pancake lovers!