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Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Portuguese food, vegan / vegetarian | 3 comments

Vegetarian restaurants – A guide to Portugal , Evora

Vegetarian restaurants – A guide to Portugal , Evora

Evora is one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal. What type of vegan and vegetarian foods will we find there?

Evora is my very favorite Portuguese city. My happy childhood memories, the city’s unique beauty and UNESCO heritage sites, turn every visit into an exciting adventure.



Evora’s city center


Seems like every corner of this fortified medieval UNESCO heritage city is charming,  The cathedrals and churches are beautiful, the Roman ruins are the most well preserved in Portugal and the famous bone Chapel will make you meditate over life and death….



The aqueduct of Evora slowly incorporated the new houses in between the pilars


But I won’t lie, Portuguese traditional foods are extremely heavy in meat and fish. Vegans and vegetarians do struggle a bit to get by when they don’t know what kind of foods they can eat.



A typical window from Alentejo region with its blue stripes around the window


Vegetarian foods and Vegan foods – Evora


Although the southern region of Alentejo has a few traditional vegan and vegetarian dishes, you might not find them easily if you don’t know what to search for.
At any part of Alentejo, as for the rest of Portugal the traditional “sopa de legumes” or “vegetable soups” are usually 100% vegan and cost around 1.20€. They can be found at any restaurant and snack bar from north to south.



The veggie soups always keep me going


The vegetable soups always save my day while traveling across the country, but Evora had a little surprise I was not counting on: A vegetarian restaurant in the heart of town, serving a delicious and very nutritious vegan and vegetarian buffet style called Salsa Verde.


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There’s plenty of variety at the Salsa Verde Buffet. The food is fresh and very delicious.


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I got hooked and during my 4 day stay in beautiful Evora, I became a loyal client, having both lunch and dinner there.


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I wasn’t used to eat vegan and vegetarian pies before. I’m a big fan now after trying the tofu pies with sesame and sunflower seeds.


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The Mediterranean influence is always present with beautiful and fresh Portuguese olives.


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I love the fact that at Salsa Verde, they incorporated many traditional Portuguese foods, usually heavy on meats, into delicious veganized versions. So if you’d like to know how Portuguese food tastes like, but won’t eat animals, this is the place to go.


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My delicious dinner: A very balanced meal, combining, veggies, grains, protein and fiber.


Do you need a hostel in Evora?


I stayed at the Old Evora Hostel for 3 nights and was welcomed with open arms by the super friendly Pedro, the host. Did you know this hostel is located at a 150 year old house within the UNESCO historical center and… A 4 minute walk from the vegetarian restaurant!


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Spotless clean, well located, safe and very cozy. It ill make you fell at home and Pedro, will give you all the tips you need to make the best out of your Evora experience. 100% recommended! You can book it here



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  1. I really, really want to try that seedy tofu pie – I’ve never seen one like it before!

  2. I’m totally with Charlie, the tofu with seeds pie looks delicious, I’v never had it before and I happily try it 😉

  3. Thanks for this! I’ll be travelling around Portugal – including Evora – a couple of weeks from now and will definitely head to Salsa Verde. I’ve been doing some research on Portuguese food and haven’t found many vegan dishes, so I will be very interested to try vegan versions of some of the traditional favourites!

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