Over the last few years, Porto has become increasingly open to different lifestyles. Popping up all over are record stores, vintage markets and shops, surf schools, and, increasingly, more vegetarian places. While most restaurants may not be fully vegetarian, many now offer vegetarian options.
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just searching for vegetarian versions of Portuguese food, continue reading to discover:
- Our favorite vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Porto;
- Where to eat vegetarian francesinha in town;
- Food Tours in Porto that are vegetarian-friendly.
Our favorite Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Porto
Once again, our curiosity led us to explore the diverse vegetarian and vegan offerings in our city. Rest assured, if you’re seeking vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Porto, you have a plethora of options!
Let’s start by saying that Kind Kitchen has a beautiful catchy slogan: “Be kind to every kind, but always with delicious food!”. Whether you’re into bowls or burgers, they offer a varied menu in a family-friendly environment at budget-friendly prices. And those tofu nuggets? To die for!
Essência Restaurante Vegetariano
Essência is a family-friendly and romantic white-tablecloth vegetarian restaurant. They offer a reasonably priced fixed lunch menu and a well-curated dinner menu with appetizers, mains and desserts. They always have at least one non-vegetarian dish – for that meat eater in your life or, you know, for that picky friend who believes vegetables are “weird”.
The service is thorough, and you get great value for money. Don’t miss the vegetarian alheira starter, homemade herb butter with bread and delicious soups. For the main course, try the red quinoa and vegetables, curry risotto, or seitan “steak.” Save room for the mango and passion fruit pudding or the heavenly chocolate cake!
Época is a charming little café in Porto renowned for its exceptionally healthy breakfasts and lunches. The atmosphere is bright and clean, reminiscent of Scandinavian eateries, making it especially welcoming for solo travelers. The owner’s farm supplies many of the fresh ingredients, aligning with their commitment to using seasonal produce.
Attention all Vegetarian Food enthusiasts! Join our Porto Food Tours for a real taste of Portuguese vegetarian delights »
At Emotivo, you can travel the entire country without leaving Porto. Every two months, two regions of Portugal are chosen to be the theme of the restaurant (vegetarian options are always available). The way you choose your menu is actually through a game – it’s a lot of fun but we won’t spoil the surprise.
These are, of course, just a sample of the wonderful vegetarian and vegan places you can find in the city. We will continue our investigation on your behalf and will be sure to share all our findings!
Where to eat vegetarian francesinha in town
Em Carne Viva
This is a vegetarian restaurant of regional inspiration where you can find very traditional dishes with a vegetarian twist. Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato (clams Bulhão Pato style) becomes Cogumelos à Bulhão Pato (mushrooms Bulhão Pato style), the octopus or codfish à Lagareiro becomes the “boneless” à Lagareiro. Even the Francesinha is vegetarian! So if you want to taste the traditional cuisine of Porto, but with the option to go meatless, this is your place!
Food Tours in Porto that are vegetarian-friendly
We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary needs on our Downtown & Bolhão Market Food Tour. This is the longest-running food tour in Porto and how we started Taste Porto – it’s our baby. It was designed to welcome as many guests as possible so it’s where we can accommodate more dietary requirements: Vegetarians, Pescatarians, Gluten or Dairy intolerants, etc. This Food Tour includes a visit to the centenary local food market.
Enjoy & Bom apetite!
Taste Porto Foodie Team