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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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?