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Our Favourite Vegan Restaurants in Porto

 

Prior to visiting Portugal, I did a small amount of searching for vegan restaurants around the country.  

 

I didn’t come up with much except for Black Mamba Burgers in Porto, and Primo Basilico, an Italian owned Pizzeria in Lisbon that had vegan options including a seitan stuffed calzone.

 

Porto, Portugal

 

Because of the slim pickings online,  we didn’t have high expectations heading to Porto except for Black Mamba Burgers and Records-which we thought we would be eating at everyday.

 

When we arrived at Black Mamba, Pedro the owner greeted and served us, and we got to talking about veganism and how it’s growing in Porto.

 

Pedro also recommend that we try a few other restaurants that we weren’t aware of. That got us excited, so we visited as many as we could in the small amount of time that we had, so here are our top 3 places to eat in Porto.

 

BLACK MAMBA BURGERS AND RECORD SHOP (100% Vegan)

Black Mamba Burgers and Records, Porto, Portugal

 

I don’t know if anyone else has come up with the idea of teaming a burger joint with a record shop, but it works!

 

Black Mamba is a cool laid back place free from pretension. The menu is clearly chalked out on the board for all to see, and each burger is cleverly named after a genre of music that is sold there.

Doom burger, Stoner burger, Punk Burger, Core Burger, Crust Burger, and the newest of the bunch-and my personal favourite, the 666 Burger.

 

We tried every burger, and they all were delicious. Choose only the burger, or add fries and a drink to make it a combo.

 

Black Mamba Burgers and Records

 

While we were waiting for our burgers we ordered a slice of their amazing cream biscuit cake made by layering biscuits and smothering it in cream, (vegan of course)  Dessert before lunch….why not?!

 

We also browsed through the vinyl and purchased an album by Momentum, a vegan hardcore band.

 

 

They also sell t-shirts, several different zines about veganism, anti-capitalism, and the likes. Essentially it’s a punk rock burger joint, and we loved it.

 

LUPIN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT (Vegetarian with Vegan options)

Lupin Restaurant, Porto, Portugal

 

After 3 visits to Black Mamba Burger, we decided to give Lupin a try for lunch.

 

Lupin was a little out of the way from downtown Porto, but SO worth the visit.

 

When Cody, myself, and my mom arrived, we were the only ones in the restaurant;
20 minutes later the entire restaurant was full.

 

Lupin has a set lunch for 7 euros, and it is different everyday.

 

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My mom chose the set menu which consisted of a cream of cauliflower soup, a beautifully presented plate of vegetables and fingerling potatoes, and a slice of vegan chocolate cake.

 

Lupin Restaurant, Porto, Portugal

 

Cody and I had heard of the “Frenchie”, Porto’s famous dish that is usually made with ham, sausages, and/or beef in two slices of white bread, wrapped in cheese and smothered in gravy.

 

Lupin had a vegan version, so we had to try it. Our Frenchie was made up of sliced tofu and vegan sausage in two slices of white bread, wrapped in delicious vegan cheese, smothered in a tomato gravy, and served with fresh warm sweet potato chips.

 

Lupin Restaurant, Porto, Portugal

 

WOWZA’S! It was rich, savoury, and filling.  And it’s on my list of things to re-create at home!

 

CULTURA DOS SABORES (Vegetarian Buffet with many Vegan options)

Cultura dos Sabores, Porto, Portugal

 

Pedro had also recommended Cultura Dos Sabores to us.

 

This place was easy to find and only about a 10 minute walk from the downtown area of Porto. We had read mixed reviews of this place, so weren’t sure what to expect.

 

Cultura dos Sabores, Porto, Portugal

 

Cody, mom, and I arrived right on time for dinner, and were greeted by a friendly girl and were asked to take a seat.

 

I immediately asked what in the buffet was vegan and we were told everything. EVERYTHING!

 

Ok, everything but 1 dessert.

 

Cultura dos Sabores, Porto, Portugal

 

Seitan with rosemary and chestnuts, brown, rice, hummus, salads, tofu, and the most amazing carob cake I have ever tasted. Even better than any chocolate cake I have ever had.

 

Cultura dos Sabores, Porto, Portugal

 

You MUST try the carob cake! We visited Cultura Dos Sabores twice during our time in Porto, and both times the food was fresh, and delicious.

 

 WHAT WE MISSED OUT ON

POP 101 (Vegetarian with Vegan options)

 

POP 101 is a tapas lounge that is only open in the evenings.

 

We arrived at 7pm sharp to grab some food, but unlucky for us, an employee didn’t show up for their shift and they were serving food starting 9pm.

 

We were too hungry to wait, so unfortunately we didn’t get to try anything on the menu, but if the food is as great as the decor they’ll be around for quite a while.

 

POP 101’s walls are covered in only the coolest movie posters and album covers. It is very 60’s cool, and mod inspired.

 

If you find yourself at POP 101, please let us know what you thought about the food!

Is there any where else in Porto you would recommend?

 

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Comments To This Entry.
  1. Ooh, I am all about any restaurant where you can eat while sitting in a swing! Like you, I was pretty discouraged by the online research I did before visiting Portugal. I really thought I would be living on vegetable soup (sopa de legumes) the whole time. What I discovered was a whole different story! While the traditional Portuguese cuisine might not be very vegan-friendly, it seems that lots of restaurant are offering vegan options these days, and more and more vegetarian and vegan restaurants are popping up all the time. In fact, in my experience most of the restaurants that call themselves vegetarian are in fact vegan or nearly vegan. Woo hoo!

    • Giselle and Cody June 29, 2015 Reply

      Wendy, it’s so great to see that more and more places are popping up. We also thought we were going to be living on Vegetable soup, bread, pimenta, and olive oil 🙂 (Not that any of that is bad, but change is always nice) It is pretty amazing to see so many different places in Porto and none of them are doing the same thing. The buffet says they are Vegetarian, but the two times we went it was 99% Vegan ( 1 Desert was not) We were told it was because of all the International tourists coming through and looking for Vegan food 🙂

    • Giselle and Cody June 30, 2015 Reply

      Hey Wendy, the swings were an added bonus to our dining their. So much fun! And yes, the plant based options in restaurants just keep growing. We’re pretty excited about that!

      Another great dish to eat (if you have a kitchen at a hostel) is fresh Portuguese bread, olive oil, olives, white beans, and Portuguese pepper. Add everything to a plate except the bread, and dip the bread in the goodness. You won’t regret it! 😉

      • Mmm, that does sound delicious! And I’m not sure you really need a kitchen. Seems like you could throw that together just about anywhere!

        • Giselle and Cody June 30, 2015

          That’s true. Pack a picnic, and eat in the park!! 🙂

  2. Ligeia and Mindy July 1, 2015 Reply

    What a great list! I think we’d start at the burger joint! 🙂

  3. Karianne August 2, 2015 Reply

    Thanks for the recommendations guys – we are hoping to visit Porto next year (maybe even this year if we can fit it in our plans!) and will definitely be visiting these places.

    Burgers and records! Sounds perfect!!

    • Giselle and Cody August 15, 2015 Reply

      Karianne, Hopefully you two will make it to porto this year. It is such a great little city with some truely incredible places to eat. If you make it to Pop 101 please let us know how it is. Really wanted to make it there but just never fit into the plans 🙁

  4. Pascal Ibiza November 6, 2015 Reply

    Thanks so much guys!

    Tomorrow (November 8) I’ll be at Porto to run the Marathon and as a vegan this info is priceless!

    Go vegans!

    • Giselle and Cody November 8, 2015 Reply

      Thank you so much for commenting and best of luck on running your marathon.

      Go Team Vegan!!!

  5. Rachel December 7, 2015 Reply

    Great post! Considering Portuguese cuisine lacks in vegetarian options, this is amazing! Bookmarked for my next visit to Portugal. I definitely need to try the 666 burger!

    • Giselle and Cody January 2, 2016 Reply

      We were very surprised with the amount of great vegan places that Porto had to offer.
      Hope you hav a wonderful trip next time you head to Portugal. Thanks so much for commenting.

  6. Tofu Sauvage January 19, 2016 Reply

    As we were preparing our quick trip to Porto, I was wondering what will be my choices … you make my day with this Black Mamba heaven ! Vegan burgers and doom / stoner / punk ? So damn cool 🙂
    BTW I am discovering your blog (as well as your FB page, Insta & all) : I’m lovin’ it !

    xoxo from France 😉

    • Giselle and Cody January 20, 2016 Reply

      Thanks so much for commenting!! Glad you found our page and you MUST go to Black Mamba. That place is soooooooo good.

      Let us know how your trip to Porto goes and if you find any other vegan restaurants. 🙂

  7. Maud April 5, 2016 Reply

    Thank you guys so much for this post! I’ll be in Porto for a week this summer and I was kinda getting discouraged while looking for vegan restaurants online, but this definitely helped so much!

    Love from Sweden!

    • Giselle and Cody April 19, 2016 Reply

      Hey Maud, you will have no issues at all while you are in Porto.
      There are so many great places to eat and more opening all the time.
      We hope you enjoy your travels to Portugal!!!

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