Guide to: healthy food & green living in Portugal
Maybe you are like us, always researching places to eat good and healthy before visiting new spots. We have spent lots of time in Portugal, so we thought it was time to share our favorite spots in at the moment. The places are based in Lisboa, Ericeira or Cascais.
Location: R. São Nicolau 17, Lisbon
Located in central Lisbon, this café is definitely worth a visit. Nicolau Lisboa opened about a year ago and has quickly become one of the coolest hangouts in Lisbon. The atmosphere, people, and staff make it a perfect place to chill out with your mac, eat a big brunch or just have a taste of the delicious desserts. At Nicolau, you can find matcha & turmeric lattes, green smoothie bowls, acai bowls, vegan pancakes, veggie burgers with sweet potato chips, poké bowls, quinoa bowls, eggs, kombucha, glutenfree cakes and the list goes on.
Location: Torre in Cascais, Rua Joaquim Ereira 1543
This lovely spot is located a bit further into the country in Cascais, and we have quickly become regulars there. It is a combined mini-marked with organic products and café that actually started out as a food truck selling their very popular wraps. The Cru (which means raw) surely attracts health-conscious Portuguese and foreigners. Last time we ran into one of the worlds best female surfers!
Location: R. José Duro 22, Lisbon
Maria Granel is a lovely and inspiring bulk grocery store located in Alvalade, Lisbon with focus on zero-waste, organic and traditional food items. The people working there are really charming and will help you out with any questions you have. They also encourage you to bring your own jars to buy produce in. They sell everything from superfoods in bulk, to beans, teas, and chocolate. They also sell bamboo drinking bottles and coffee cups, in addition to other zero-waste products. It’s worth a visit just for the inspiration and to see how well they manage a store with a low carbon footprint.
Location: Mercado da Vila, Cascais & Palácio Chiado, Lisbon
Local has one restaurant in Cascais, right by the big market, and in Lisbon at Palácio Chiado. In Cascais, the best day to go is either Wednesday or Saturday, this way you can also buy fresh local fruit and vegetables at the same time. Remember to bring your own tote bags as they use loads of plastic. Local serves huge portion sizes of great lunches and dinners, as well as fresh juices and smoothies. They have vegetarian options in addition to meat and fish. For dessert, you should try their delicious brownie or cheesecake.
Location: Cascais city center, Largo da Misericórdia 53
This rooftop café serves vegetarian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired, local and fresh food. It is definitely among the top three favorites here in Cascais! Every day they get a fresh delivery of fruits and vegetables, and the daily menu is based on what is in season. Som regular highlights are risotto based on local mushroom and spinach pie with hummus and veggies. They always serve fresh juices and smoothies. Highly recommend the pineapple and ginger juice.
GIG is located downtown Ericeira and we stop by almost every day we spend in town. The restaurant opened last year and they have a very nice menu with lots of options of delicious healthy food. They serve dishes such as tapioca, avocado toasts, açaí bowls, and filling salads. At 7pm they change to the dinner meny and serve dishes such as grilled salmon, grilled chicken with soba noodles, and fish of the day with sweet potato and heart cabbage. They also serve lots of delicious drinks such as the greenest of juices, turmeric lattes and local, organic wine.
Location: Rua dos Ferreiros 2
In Portugal, you have plenty of seafood and excellent fish but one should not underestimate the Mexican food! At Calavera, they serve excellent (gluten-free) nachos, guacamole, and salsa. We also love their burrito (which you can ask to get in a bowl) which is beans, rice, guacamole and grilled vegetables. Highly recommended for hungry people.
Location: Rua Manuel Ortigão Burnay
Nalu is the Hawaiian word for wave and these smoothie bowls sure taste good by the ocean. Nalu Bowls is based in Ericeira right by the iconic hotel Villa Galè. They serve different types of refreshing smoothie bowls with toppings and each bowl is named after their favorite waves from around the world! Nalu Bowls first opened in Bali and was the first smoothie bowl shack in there. It is inspired by Hawaii and the culture that revolves around surfing and tropical waves. They aim to be the perfect pre and post surf meal, and we surely do agree. After a surf session, it is the perfect way to get hydrated and a nice meal. It’s not horrible either that the place is packed with surfers filling up for their next session.
Other spots worth mentioning:
- Be U organic market, pilates studio and take away, Ericeira
- Vila Bio lifestyle organic market, therapy, and café, Ericeira
- Green Vegan food truck, Ericeira
- Ao 26 Vegan Food Project, Lisbon
- Go Natural supermarket chain & cafés, various locations in Portugal
- Mercenaria Villa, Cascais
- Bio Trio, Cascais