Portugalist Study Reveals the Most Vegan and Vegetarian-Friendly Places in Portugal

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Last updated on June 4, 2024 | Est. Reading Time: 4 minutes

A May 2024 study by Portugalist shows just where in the country you can find the most plant-based friendly spots to grab a bite. Using data from HappyCow, the study looked at 100 locations in Portugal that were listed as having at least one vegan or vegetarian-friendly place to eat. This information will be particularly useful for those considering where to visit or where to move to.

Unsurprisingly, leading the pack, Lisbon boasts a whopping 560 places that cater to vegans and vegetarians, with Porto not too far behind at 246. Close to Porto, Matosinhos and Vila Nova de Gaia also offer a good chunk of vegan and vegetarian dining options, making the whole area a hotspot for those following a plant-based lifestyle.

Top 20:

LocationOptions
Lisbon560
Porto246
Funchal128
Lagos77
Albufeira64
Coimbra63
Sao Miguel59
Braga58
Faro54
Cascais50
Setubal40
Matosinhos39
Sintra38
Portimao37
Vila Nova De Gaia37
Evora34
Aveiro33
Ericeira31
Tavira29
Leiria27

While Lisbon and Porto might not surprise you with their vast options—they are the biggest cities, after all—it’s interesting to see other areas stepping up too. Student cities like Coimbra, Braga, and Aveiro are also getting in on the action, likely driven by the younger, health-conscious crowd, students, and an increase in tourism and international residents.

Over in the islands, Funchal (Madeira) and São Miguel are serving up surprises with their solid range of choices. This is especially good news for anyone thinking about moving to or vacationing in these spots. Just a heads up, though—the same can’t be said for all the Azores islands, so while São Miguel has plenty of options, smaller islands like Flores or Pico may not be the same.

The study also highlighted the best locations in the Algarve for vegans and vegetarians. Lagos, Albufeira, Faro, Portimão, and Tavira all featured in the top 20, making them ideal considerations for those deciding which part of the Algarve is right for them.

Unsurprisingly, there were fewer options further inland. Évora was listed in the top 20, which is good news for vegetarians and vegans in the Alentejo, however most other Alentejo towns and cities were listed much lower down. Beja, for example, was listed at 48.

It’s important to note that HappyCow lists both restaurants that are fully plant-based and those that include at least one or two vegan or vegetarian options. In smaller locations, it’s not uncommon for this to mainly be made up of pizza restaurants, including chains such as Telepizza or Pizza Hut. If you look at larger cities such as Braga, Porto, or Lisbon, your options will also include fully-vegetarian or fully-vegan restaurants, so it’s important to look at the listings to see what options are actually available. HappyCow also combines both vegan and vegetarian, which some vegans may not agree with.

All in all, Portugal’s food scene is becoming more welcoming for vegans and vegetarians. If you follow a plant-based diet, there are now plenty of places that you can easily visit without having to worry about whether you’ll be catered for.

RankLocationOptions
1Lisbon560
2Porto246
3Funchal128
4Lagos77
5Albufeira64
6Coimbra63
7Sao Miguel59
8Braga58
9Faro54
10Cascais50
11Setubal40
12Matosinhos39
13Sintra38
14Portimao37
15Vila Nova De Gaia37
16Evora34
17Aveiro33
18Ericeira31
19Tavira29
20Leiria27
21Viseu26
22Quarteira25
23Almada23
24Caldas Da Rainha23
25Viana Do Castelo20
26Carvoeiro19
27Nazare19
28Costa Da Caparica18
29Guimaraes18
30Terceira18
31Sagres17
32Aljezur15
33Barcelos15
34Colares15
35Almancil14
36Alvor14
37Castelo Branco14
38Praia Da Luz14
39Tomar14
40Armacao De Pera13
41Loule13
42Vila Nova De Milfontes13
43Santa Maria Da Feira12
44Sesimbra12
45Torres Vedras12
46Vila Real12
47Barreiro11
48Beja11
49Espinho11
50Figueira Da Foz11
51Pico11
52Vila Nova De Famalicao11
53Faial10
54Ferrel10
55Guarda10
56Povoa De Varzim10
57Silves10
58Vila Do Conde10
59Amarante9
60Braganca9
61Budens9
62Carcavelos9
63Chaves9
64Covilha9
65Estoril9
66Fatima9
67Lourinha9
68Monchique9
69Parede9
70Seixal9
71Vila Real De Santo Antonio9
72Amadora8
73Maia8
74Monte Gordo8
75Obidos8
76Olhao8
77Santarem8
78Alverca Do Ribatejo7
79Esposende7
80Fundao7
81Machico7
82Odeceixe7
83Oliveira De Azemeis7
84Queluz7
85Santa Cruz7
86Sines7
87Vila Do Bispo7
88Alcobaca6
89Ferragudo6
90Gafanha Da Nazare6
91Oeiras6
92Penafiel6
93Peniche6
94Ponte De Lima6
95Santana6
96Sao Joao Da Madeira6
97Sao Martinho Do Porto6
98Torres Novas6
99Alges5
100Amora5
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James Cave is the founder of Portugalist and the author of the bestselling book, Moving to Portugal Made Simple. He has visited just about every part of Portugal, including Madeira and all nine islands of the Azores, and lived in several parts of Portugal including Lisbon, the Algarve, and Northern Portugal.

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