Vegan in Portugal? That’s pretty easy, as we already showed you in our Vegan Guides for Lisbon and the Algarve. But not only restaurants and cafes, also supermarkets offer many plant-based options. For example, there’s a wide selection of non-dairy milk in almost every Portuguese supermarket. Here, the cheapest liter of soy milk often costs only 60 to 80 cents. Vegan cheese, sausages, cookies, ice cream and protein powder are also available in some stores. Continue reading “Vegan Stuff in a Supermarket in Portugal”
Admittedly, we didn’t expect a large selection of vegan products at Spar right from the start. We were all the happier to find even in the smallest Spar five different plant milk varieties, animal-free chocolate crunchy cereal and even the vegan and gluten-free CornettoĀ ice cream. Also if you are looking for vegan cookies, you will definitely find something here. So yes, a full week’s shopping may be difficult here. But if you are only looking for something to eat or a sweet snack, a quick visit to the next Spar is definitely enough.
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Pingo Doce (English: “sweet drop”) is the second largest supermarket chain in Portugal after MinipreĆ§o. Here you’ll find not only meat alternatives, vegan cookies and cereals, but also vegan “milk” products such as plant milk, yogurt, cream and ice cream. Pingo Doce can’t compete with the plant-based selection of the big stores like Jumbo, IntermarchĆ©, E.Leclerc and ContinenteĀ though. However, the chain seems motivated, to produce and sell very cheap vegan products such as vanilla ice cream or yoghurt drinks by the store brand.
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MinipreĆ§o has more stores than Pingo Doce and LidlĀ and is thus the largest discount chain in Portugal. It is part of the Spanish company Dia, formerly owned by the French supermarket company Carrefour. Unfortunately, MinipreĆ§o doesn’t yet have a very large selection of vegan foods, some items like non-dairy yogurt are still missing completely. There are many “accidentally vegan” products: Vegan cookies, cereals and muesli bars can be found abundantly.
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Lidl in Portugal has a wide range of non-dairy milk for a discount store.Ā You can even find soy cream from the store brand and various quinoa and bulgur salads. There is no shortage of hummus variations and vegan cookies either. The most worthwhile shopping, however, is during a veggie promotion week: Then you can find something even more extraordinary, such as vegan milk ice cream or chocolate spread.
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Jumbo is considered the cheapest supermarket in Portugal.Ā If you know the French department store chain Auchan, some products at Jumbo might be familiar to you, since this supermarket belongs to the Auchan group. Just like Auchan in France or Alcampo in Spain, Jumbo stores are huge and can be compared with a Walmart or Tesco. In other words, you can basicallyĀ findĀ almost everything here, including a larger selection of vegan cheese, cold cuts and sausage. Fruit and vegetables are also extremely cheap here. Continue reading “Vegan Products at Jumbo in Portugal”
With IntermarchĆ© there is another French supermarket chain in Portugal. IntermarchĆ© Hyper are the largest stores with an area between 3,200 and 6,000 square meters, IntermarchĆ© Super are shops of approximately 2,000 square meters, IntermarchĆ© Express are convenience stores in city centers and IntermarchĆ© Contact convenience stores in rural areas. With a range similar to E.Leclerc, you can find many vegan yogurts, puddings, cookied and convenience foods like frozen pizza and lasagna here. Even vegan cheese and sausages are available.
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There are 21 hypermarkets of E.Leclerc in Portugal, 12 of which are located in the North region. Here you will find lots of Valsoia products, e.g. frozen pizza and lasagne and a variety of ice creams. Also recommendable are the yoghurt and puddings from E.Leclerc’s own brand NAT&vie. In addition, the plant milk and especially the cream selection are amazingly large. Continue reading “Vegan Products at E.Leclerc in Portugal”
With 519 stores Continente is one of the largest supermarket chains in Portugal. The markets are similar in size to the hypermarketsĀ Walmart in the US. In addition to a large number of products of the own brand of the same name, Continente also stocks some items from rather rarely found brands. What we also noticed:Ā Non-dairyĀ milk is often reduced here! The price of the cheapest soy milk is about 60 cents per liter during promotion.
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We were really surprised by the vegan offer at Aldi in Portugal. Here you get not only plant milk and bread spreads, but also (smoked) tofu, lots of different burger patties, vegan sausages, all sorts of sweets and even vegan currywurst in a jar! Even fancy stuff like aĆ§aĆ, protein powder, coconut oil and goji berries can be found here. If you’re lucky, you’ll actually get even more vegan products in a veggie promotion week.
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