In late February we went to Porto as a last minute decision to clear out our storage unit and gather the big bag of academic tools I have brought with us from the states. Atlas has been blowing through first grade math and I had gathered second grade workbooks, books for him to read and “next step” tools, just in case. Even though we had been provided the incredible opportunity to join a special school cooperative in Holland, we have a ton of homeschool work we do together, as a family. We had originally had an 8 week Iceland adventure planned and mostly booked, then the coop accepted him, so we changed our plans to hang back (well that and a pending meeting in the states). We didn’t know we would immediately be met with “spring break”, when we started coop, we were still in winter coats! None-the-less we had a small handful of days of break, so we decided to be responsible and head to clear out the unit and feel a bit warmer in the Portuguese sun while we could. This was right when Covid had peak China numbers and was getting to Italy. Something felt “off” and scary, but we couldn’t put it into words. We knew flying wasn’t safe at this point, so we drove. The 30 hour car ride there was a pleasant drive, our Airbnb was perfectly located, but the news of the pandemic was getting more clear just a few days after we got there, so we decided to only go out for food/get take away, clear out our belongings from the unit, and head home quickly – there were rumors of borders closing at that point.
Lucky for us, we got to enough vegan places to do a vegan round up guide before it all temporarily closed down. I really hope these places survive, because they are all worth a visit once life get’s back to being lively again. As I am sure you are aware, most vegan establishments are tiny local businesses, so any and all support has so much meaning. I know we can’t wait to get back and have a “real” trip. We are so in love with the ease of being in Porto at this point, and the vegan options just keep growing and growing! The people are so nice, English is widely used, and it just feels so dang good in the sunshine. Ok, so let’s just dig right into what y’all have to look forward to!
The truly exceptional & Fun stuff:
Daterra / R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 249, 4050-421 Porto, Portugal
We have probably been to Daterra 50 times, without exaggeration. An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet that’s all vegan is basically the magic unicorn of all vegan dreams. They open pretty early and just keep replenishing deliciousness all morning long. Coffee is included. You can expect sweet and savory bakes goods, delicious tofu scramble, chia seed fruit cups, pancakes (gluten free vegan one’s too!), fresh fruit, jams and nut spreads, muffins, and other surprises – it depends on the day and time! Daterra doesn’t only offer vegan breakfast, they have lunch and dinner buffet as well and “inborn tween meals” small menus. One thing I am very much obsessed with is that that have vegan pastel de nata, and its it absolutely incredible. I am addicted and they are dangerous. The prices are on point for Portugal in general. It always feels like such a good deal for the quality and variety. Most of the staff is nice, but it’s not that “typical” Portuguese “warm hug” feeling you get from most mom and pop places. Whatever the case, we love it to eat in, take out, and treats! Mostly vegan, buffet is clearly labeled, lots of gluten free options every time we have been.
Kind Kitchen / R. do Bonjardim 302, 4000-115 Porto, Portugal
This place is so dang cute. It’s like a tunnel of tastiness and has been on point every single time we have eaten in and taken out. They have very reasonable prices, and their salads are amazing. The staff is super duper sweet and it just feels special being there. I can’t really put it into words. You can just tell this place is build on love and care. They regularly have specials and desserts. Closed Sunday and Monday, otherwise open 12p-10p. 100% Vegan.
O BURITTO! / Rua dos Mártires da Liberdade 90, 4050-011 Porto, Portugal
This is one of the first places we had ever been to when we first got to Porto. It’s a tiny and interesting nook with shared tables and good music always playing. The food is delicious and as an American, a burrito is always a welcome comfort food, especially when the vegan options are plenty! Once I was sick and wanted soup, and they let Joey borrow a glass container to bring it to me and kindly asked us to return it. This simple human behavior had such an impact on me as a customer. Check times before showing up.
Nicolau Porto / Largo de Alberto Pimentel 4, 4050-214 Porto, Portugal
Though not exclusively vegan, Nicolau is one of my favorite places to go in Porto. There is often a line, but it’s right next to a bunch of other places we like, so it’s easy to wander around to wait it out or go to another vegan place rather easily. This curry dish is so rich and flavorful, and such a comforting bowl when you just want something warm and hearty that’s delicious. They have lots of American favorites and it’s in a super cute set up. The coffee is excellent. It feels like a mix between a diner and a cafe, but easy and breezy with a nice staff. The menu is also really easy for kids. Brunch is always packed.
A Sandeira do Porto / Rua dos Caldeireiros 85, Porto, Portugal
This was the first place we checked out when we got to Canterbury. It’s a pub that has vegan options and a ton of vegan desserts. They even have vegan options for kids. Everyone enjoyed their food, and Atlas tried vegan fish sticks for the first time. All the deserts we tried, we loved.
Cereal World Port / Rua de Fernandes Tomás 916, 4000-056 Porto, Portugal
This is usually not the type of place we go to, but it was a treat I must admit. They have many vegan milk options and a few vegan cereals, so it made for a fun and quick morning treat.
Beom / At Mercado POrto Belo
I first stumbled upon this booth at the cutest square in Porto and grabbed a quick wrap to tide me over. It was 2 Euro and super delicious. The owner explained that she also sold “mix” to make your own meat substitute (that was in the wrap). I came back to the booth later that day and stocked up on mix and have gone through my entire supply. See if you can catch her at the weekend market, it’s worth it!
DUH! Vegan / Largo de Alberto Pimentel 38, 4050-024
Such a surprise to find delicious vegan doughnuts while walking to O Burrito one day! Super close to Nicolau, O Burrito and a cute vintage shop. Flavors vary daily and they have all been great! Cash only.
Noshi / R. do Carmo 11 12, 4050-011 Porto, Portugal
Noshi is such a lovely spot with indoor and outdoor seating very close to a park we like to go to for Atlas to play and walk the grounds. It has great coffee and a huge menu with lots and lots of vegan options. My favorite is this grilled avocado plate with vegan pesto. Each time I get it, I am so happy I did! The staff is friendly, the food is fresh and there is a nook inside with hanging plants that’s just the sweetest spot to relax. You can have a full meal or a snack here easily, and it’s good for kids.
More Porto Vegan food to Round Up
Vegana / R. de Santo Ildefonso 412 4300, Porto, Portugal
Part market, part cafe style restaurant. Great for take away and gathering vegan groceries that are otherwise hard to find in Porto.
Zenith – Brunch & Cocktails Bar / Praça de Carlos Alberto 86, 4050-158 Porto, Portugal
Another uber popular spot for brunch, and well deserved. Limited vegan options, but what they have is good. I would say if the wait is too long, move along to another vegan spot and come back another time when it’s not filled with brunchers.
Pop Up Workshops / Rua do Almada 275, 4050-038 Porto, Portugal
Part shop, part cooking class pop ups, part foothill style food booth with yummy options including a few vegan vegan items. Keep an eye on the pop up schedule for vegan classes as well. The owner is extremely nice and the environment is very cool.
Casanova / Rua da Constituição 691, 4200-200 Porto, Portugal
Francesinha has been a dish that people in Portugal seem to like a lot, and it’s everywhere – just like nata. I had tried Francesinha veganized a few times and it was “OK”. I decided that since each restaurant does Francesinha their own signature way, that I just hadn’t quite found the one I liked yet, so we went a little bit out of the center of Porto to Casanova with little expectation. Holy cow you guys, the vegan Francesinha was amazing. I ate the entire thing and I would do it again. I suggest starting here if you want a traditional Portuguese staple veganized.
FÁBRICA COFFEE ROASTERS / Rua de José Falcão 122, 4050-315 Porto, Portugal
These guys don’t have food, but they do have oat milk and it would be a crime if I didn’t share my favorite coffee place in porto. The staff is always nice, the environment it top notch and the coffee is just perfect.
Bao’s Taiwanese Burger / R. de Cedofeita 263, 4050-174 Porto, Portugal
A mixed menu, but the vegan options are fantastic. We found it hard to find something for Atlas to eat, so we wind up getting it to go most times we are in town. The prices are great and the staff is super friendly. It’s a casual set up and great for a quick meal.
The Good Burger / R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 360A, 4000-069 Porto, Portugal
I was surprised to see vegan options here! We were running late and needed to eat quickly, so we popped in here. I would say it’s worth a shot if you find yourself in a pinch. It’s super close to a Daterra, but if that’s packed it’s nice to know this quick burger back up is there.
About Vegan RoundUps
When we changed the blog from Making a House a Home (RIP) to Happily Curated Chaos, I had a goal to not only share our travels, but also our world schooling adventures and vegan finds. Please don’t think if you aren’t vegan, this isn’t for you. The amazing thing about vegan food is that it’s for everyone! Many times carnivores don’t even notice they are eating vegan – I know this because I married one.
Being in a family where I am vegan, Atlas is vegetarian, and Joey will suck a snail out of shell while munching on tartar…..can be complicated at times. When I cook, it’s easy. When we go out, it can be super easy or super annoying depending where in the world we are.
A little background was something I figured you all would want before I advise you on “good food”! I have been vegetarian for 35 years, and vegan for nearly 7 of them. I am a 100% non-waitering vegan. I don’t do cheats, I don’t turn my head, and I am wildly upset when I find out something isn’t vegan that I was brought to believe was. I am committed to the point this is almost religious for me.
So, why vegan?
My first thought is always “why not vegan”? There are so many pro’s to a vegan diet, but carnivores often approach veganism with all the con’s when the discussion turns to “why”. For me, I can’t really give you some deep soul-filled reason I became vegetarian in the first place, I was five after all. Grinding a dead animal in my mouth felt wrong, so I stopped. It was that simple for me.
Veganism is another story. I made this decision three times in my life and have failed at it twice. Mainly due to pizza. I tried in high school, my 20’s and again in my 30’s. This is the longest span I have been vegan and I am sure it will stick this time.
I committed myself to being vegan, mostly because I have a child now, and the decision I make now affect him. By being vegan, by default, I get to teach him compassion, respect, health and nutrition, self and world preservation, and social impact. I can run through all the statistics and pros and cons if the whole world decided to be vegan, but you can find that information littered all over the internet (and I encourage you to!) – but know it can literally save our world. In my opinion, that’s more powerful than a vote on the ballet. You can do it NOW, there is no age limit, you only need to do you best. Knowing one vegan saves 219,000 gallons of water a year by not drinking milk alone is really remarkable. 10,950 square foot of forest is now saved, because of you and you alone. Imagine if you and someone you know decided to make this change.
If you know me, you know I never preach about being vegan, it’s just a personal choice and mostly viewed as an inconvenience by family and friends that I shrug off or tip toe around. Seeing the state of things rapidly decline has made me feel like I should put myself out there for questions and help and guidance. I decided the best thing I can do is offer super tasty spots for vegan food we find around the world, and round them up in a comprehensive way. That way, no matter where you are, you have a non-bias opinion of both a vegan perspective and a meat eater.
I know you are probably thinking that why should I be telling you how great veganism is if I can’t even get Joey to become vegan. This isn’t about me trying to change you, just put another option out there for you in hopes you replace a few meals a week for something vegan. Maybe even do a two week test. I asked Joey to be vegan for two weeks and he accepted. He eats vegan about 60% of the time as is. He also committed to not eating dairy ice cream, he doesn’t see a difference between vegan and dairy. These are all small and meaningful steps. No-one is perfect. No-one is judging. I am just asking you to think about it, and try it out and I will keep feeding you all the good stuff.
And vegan friend, I hope you find these posts useful and please share with me placed you think we should highlight. The vegan community has been the most amazing community I have been part of and it’s been incredible to see our offerings grow over the years!