The 6 Best Places for Vegan Food in Lisbon

Portugal has been on everyone’s mind lately and we recently wrote about our experience living as digital nomads in Lisbon for two months. During those two months, our main focus was to hunt down the best vegan food in Lisbon. We ended up eating at as many restaurants as we possible could and even found one of the best vegan cakes we’ve ever eaten.

What we came to realize is that even though the Portuguese are known for their meaty cuisine and custard tarts, Lisbon boasts plenty of options for the vegan traveler. We tried many restaurants, but these were the spots that really blew us away.

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Vegan Cooking Class in Ubud – An Organic Farm to Plate Experience

It was quite obvious that we had to do a vegan cooking class in Ubud, Bali since we love the Balinese cuisine (hello tempeh!) and because Ubud is one of the most vegan friendly places we’ve ever visited. 

After searching through the many cooking schools in Ubud we found one that checked all of our boxes. It was very hands-on, check. It offered the possibility to make vegan dishes, check. And most importantly we would learn how to make our beloved peanut sauce, double check!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls have taken the world by storm and are by far the hottest food trend out there. They come in all kinds of flavors and can be found pretty much anywhere in the world. We had our first experience with this creamy delight a little more than a year ago in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We fell in love after the first spoon full and has ever since kept seeking out smoothie bowls everywhere we go. Bali has so far proven to be the place offering the biggest variety of these delicious bowls and this is also where we got the idea to start making our own. We’ve made all kinds of smoothie bowls with berries, tropical fruit, different kinds of plant based milks, and, of course, chocolate. Our favorite so far has been this amazing and protein packed smoothie bowl with chocolate and peanut butter!

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Creamy Vegan Avocado Pesto

One of my favorite things to enjoy is a huge bowl of creamy avocado pesto pasta! It’s an exciting version of a classic pesto and it only takes a few minutes to prepare, but the best part is that it is packed full of vital nutrition! I normally make it with penne or rigatoni but you can use whatever kind of pasta that you prefer.

The pesto only takes a few minutes to prepare and since I’m always hungry I normally start to heat the water for the pasta on the stove before I start with the sauce. However, you can make the pesto in advance and even keep it in the fridge for a few days before using it as well.

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Broccoli, Leek, and Potato Soup

This soup has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. It’s easy to prepare and it can be eaten all year around. It can also be a good way to use up any vegetables you might have laying around before they go old.

The base of the soup is broccoli, leek and soup but you can add pretty much any vegetable in it. Personally I love adding eggplant, zucchini and carrots in it but anything that can be boiled and blended can go in it.

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Vegan Food in Ubud: Our Top 5 Favorite Restaurants

Celebrated as the arts and cultural center of Bali, Ubud is a traditional town filled with museums, temples, and amazing restaurants. Located amidst the mountains, the weather here is cooler and the rice fields are abundant. Best of all, there is no shortage of vegan restaurants in Ubud which makes this laid back jungle town a vegan food lover’s paradise!

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Vegan Food in Canggu: The Top 4 Spots You Shouldn’t Miss

Canggu is an up and coming beach hangout located just north of Seminyak in Southern Bali. The town is spread out over 10 kilometers of beaches and is home to some of the world famous surf breaks that Bali is known for. In recent years Canggu has attracted surfers from all over the world, a crowd of beach loving hipsters, and a growing vegan food scene.

We jumped at the chance to eat our way through Canggu which is undeniably Bali’s second most vegan friendly destination after Ubud. These are our top 4 recommendations of restaurants you shouldn’t miss.

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Momos – A Homage to Nepal’s Beloved Dumpling

Momos are a delicious type of South Asian dumpling and a favorite in Nepal. In fact, momos are sold everywhere and are literally eaten by everyone in the country. Nepalese momos come in several versions and the veg momos are always vegan. For the most part, momos are stuffed with cabbage, onions, and ginger but are sometimes filled with potatoes and other vegetables.

Momos are usually served steamed or fried accompanied with chutney – a spicy dipping sauce that the locals call ashar.

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