Trends come as they go, but some of them might stick for a very long time and their impact causes a shift in society's mindset. Lately, topics such as health and sustainability seem to be on everyone's mouth and every other day a new plant-based, cruelty free, zero waste promise seem to pop up in the form of a stylish cafe or restaurant in big cities. Lisbon is no exception to this trend.
Walking distance from Casa de São Paulo, newly-opened Arkhe seems to embody the concept perfectly. The fine dinning restaurant isn't too pretentious though: with seasonal vegetables sourced locally, the chef serves his picture perfect food in a clean and relaxed environment. Opened for dinner only, you can also indulge in a bottle of their many biodynamic wines.
For a quick but healthy lunch, also walking distance to our Casa de São Paulo, there's also O Botanista, the 100% vegan sibling of Aos 26 Vegan Restaurant. Even though the restaurant opens at 12h, you will find healthier versions of classic breakfast favourites such as a homemade- sugar free - dairy free french toast with freshly picked raspberries on top. The space channels in a jungle-like feeling, demystifying the old fashioned idea that vegan food is monotonous. No Sunday morning is complete without a good brunch and Graça 77 is the place you should go for a vegan one.
Set in a building that once was a water reservoir in the 12th century, you may delight yourself in vegan pancakes and homemade granola. They also hold exhibitions, so check it out after the meal. Although they do offer meat and dairy, everything on the menu can be ordered vegan. The Green Affair, on the other hand, is 100% vegetarian and opens only for dinner. The chef seemed to perfectly understand that sometimes one might feel the need to kill their cravings without compromising on their beliefs, so he created two vegan burger options that are just as delicious as regular ones.