One of our favorite things about traveling is tasting all the flavors that make the places we visit so unique, and the Azores are no exception.
Azorean cuisine tends to be much more country rustic than mainland Portugal’s. Rich in seafood, meat, dairy and fruit, each of the islands have regional delicacies that make them special.
For people practicing vegetarian or vegan lifestyles, finding accommodating eateries while traveling can make or break a trip.
Read our list of the best places offering veg options for those visiting Sao Miguel. Let us know what you think!
Photos by: Treze
This hip and vibrant storefront in the heart of the city is perfect for a wholesome breakfast, hearty lunch, or light dinner, Treze has vegetarian, vegan, lactose free, and gluten free items. Their fresh juices and smoothies make a perfect option for those on the go.
Breakfast: Granola and Acai Bowl
Entrée: Lasanha Vegetariana
Photos by: Sabores – Local Food
Grab yourself an empty fruit crate for a seat after rounding up your lunch at this small stand located in the market of Ponta Delgada. The authentic
You can pick up small sandwiches filled with signature cheese and an Azorean mix of vegetables to eat alongside freshly made juices.
Vegan sandwich with hummus, manjericão, tomate, cebola roxa, sementes sésamo
Fresh Orange and Pineapple Juice
Photos by: Rotas da Ilha Verde
Rotas da Ilha Verde
Nestled in an alley-like road in Ponta Delgada, it’s no wonder the first vegetarian restaurant in the city is by reservation only. Awarded Trip Advisor’s 2020 Traveller’s Choice, this cozy eatery leaves you with all the feels of a home cooked meal paired with the sophistication and presentation of a renowned restaurant.
Starter: Fondue de Quejo
Entrée: Eggplant Rolitini
Photos by: Paladares da Quinta
Paladares da Quinta
Just off the beaten path East of Ponta Delgada (perhaps 10-15 minute drive), Paladares restaurant is set in a pleasing garden background with glass walls to give you an outdoor feel. The soft ambiance plays well with the extensive menu that offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan options.
Tofu à lagareiro
Photos by: Solar Branco Eco State
Solar Branco Eco Estate
This eco-estate provides a bespoke vegan volcano dinner experience called Cozido das Furnas, a meal cooked in a volcano. Usually a meat-based dish, Solar Branco offers an option for vegans to also enjoy this traditional Azorean meal. 48 hours advance notice required. Check out the Gin Library, a private gin collection before or after your meal.