The Portuguese organic food movement is growing fast, due to increased interest in health issues, with small organic food cooperatives and organic farmer´s markets opening around the country. Currently about 200,ooo HA are being farmed organically in Portugal. www.agrobio.pt is the place to go for information regarding location of farmer´s markets and in depth information on the status of organic agriculture in Portugal.
Quinta Sete Nomes is a fantastic small organic food cooperative in Colares. Isabel, the dedicated founder and manager, greets everyone with a hug, and works 7 days a week to insure that its 600 members have access to a large variety of organic produce and other organic supplies. She also organizes week-end workshops in Permaculture, raw cooking, healing plants etc. Though it is a member supported cooperative, thriving with over 600 supporters, local visitors are always welcome to shop. www.quinta7nomes.com
Vegetarian restaurants are easily found in larger cities. It might be a challenge to find vegetarian restaurants in more rural locations. And many of my vegetarian friends now include fish in their diets when eating out. But my experience is that most country restaurants offer a good mixed salad, bread and cheese.
These are our favorite vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon: Terra, located in the beautiful Principe Real area, serves a large buffet with a decent set price for lunch and dinner, great deserts and organic wines. www.terra.vg
Stephens Cru Bar is not vegetarian per se, but as a raw food restaurant always has interesting selections for vegetarians. It´s pleasing contemporary decor and great cocktails makes it worth the visit. www.stephenscrubar.vom
Our two most favorite eateries are Quinoa www.quinoa.com.pt: a beautiful cafe style restaurant which strives to cook/bake with 100% organic. Its lovely ambiance is perfect any time of the day, but most enjoyable for an enjoyable evening out with good food, fine regional wines and cheerful company. They also have a bakery and gourmet shop .
The cafe at Miosotis natural food supermarket www.biomiosotis.com , located near the wonderful Gulbenkian museum, www.museu.gulbenkian.com, is a simple space which serves wonderful lunches, with a daily changing seasonal menu special at great prices,6 days per week. We love the Miosotis supermarket, which judged by the constant crowd of shoppers, is one of most popular, well stocked organic and affordable supermarkets in Lisbon.
Colina Flora B&B, run by two organic foodies, serves breakfast, afternoon tea and vegetarian dinners upon request. We are always glad to share our latest foodie discoveries and favorite haunts.