Eat well: Lisbon restaurants with healthy menus.

Eating healthful food is a good habit to cultivate, and there are a number of excellent Lisbon restaurants with healthy menus to choose from. Tasty vegan, vegetarian and macrobiotic fare is served at Espaço da Rosa. Seek it out in the city’s Alvalade district. At Kook Chiado the fusion of African and Japanese cuisine combines the nutritional benefits of sushi with the hot spicy flavours of Luanda, the capital city of Angola. But if the Mediterranean is more your scene then you should try the wholesome gastronomy prepared at Open Brasserie Mediterrânica. Here the emphasis is very much on environmental sustainability and the menu lists organic, gluten-free and vegetarian options alongside traditional Portuguese and southern European fare. They only use organic ingredients at In Bocca Al Lupo, but the taste is still pure Italian. Vegetarians and vegans are in for a treat at Jardim dos Sentidos. Actually, this colourful eatery attracts its fare share of non-vegetarians too. Up at Chapitô à Mesa the salads are as impressive as the views over the city. At nearby Princesa do Castelo the menu lists an array of delicious, calorie-busting vegetarian specialities. The same philosophy is upheld at Os Tibetanos. This is arguably the most famous vegetarian restaurant in Lisbon and doubles up as a school of Buddhism. One of the most unusual eateries in the city is Santa Clara dos Cogumelos where the humble and wholesome mushroom is the key ingredient. Meanwhile, another vegetarian restaurant with a well-deserved reputation is Terra – their fresh buffet option is extraordinary! 


Bairro Alto/Principe Real

One of the most highly regarded vegetarian restaurants in the city, much of Terra's calorie-bashing buffet menu is vegan friendly, and with advance notice the kitchen can even cater for those whose choice of food depends on their religious...  Read More

The humble mushroom is the base ingredient used at this offbeat eatery. Just about everything on the menu incorporates this healthy food source, and the variety of dishes created here is quite astonishing. The kitchen uses wild and cultivated...  Read More

An enchanting establishment that's part restaurant, part school of Buddhism, Os Tibetanos has maintained an enviable reputation as one Lisbon's most popular and endearing dining venues. The kitchen lifts vegetarian-vegan cooking to subliminal...  Read More

Health conscious diners head up the hill towards Lisbon's castle and this popular veggie hangout where everything is homemade, with much of the food imbued with a distinctly exotic flavour (chef Nandan Bhoopalam hails from the Indian...  Read More


A restaurant and a circus school, this entertaining double act is one of Lisbon's more unusual dining venues. Essentially a performing arts centre, Chapitô has an eatery installed in a converted townhouse that overlooks a leafy courtyard near...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

This colourful and inviting eatery with its verdant outdoor terrace forever puts paid to the myth that vegetarian food is boring and bland. In fact, this is one of the most highly regarded vegetarian restaurants in the city and enjoys an...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

They only use 100% organic ingredients at this smart pizzeria, and all produce is sourced locally or direct from Italy. The menu is selective but oh so tempting – the tuna, tomato, onion and mozzarella pizza is outstanding! Vegetarians are in...  Read More

Using a fabulous array of ingredients that are predominantly organic and locally sourced chef Joao Silva and his team have effectively redefined the healthy menu. Inspira Santa Marta was the first hotel in Lisbon to be awarded a Green Globe for...  Read More

Japanese cuisine is renowned for its healthful qualities and unique flavours. But what if you add to the mix hot spicy African food and traditional Portuguese and Mediterranean gastronomy? At Kook this clever taste trinity draws on recipes from...  Read More

Campo Grande/Campo Pequeno

The warm natural tones colouring the interior of this smart little eatery perfectly match the style of food on offer, a healthy choice of homemade vegan, vegetarian and macrobiotic dishes. The buffet spread is beautifully presented, an...  Read More


Meet Paul Bernhardt

Paul Bernhardt cut his teeth as a press photographer in England before leaving the UK to settle in Portugal, where he has lived for over a decade, and where he started to focus on more...  More About Paul
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