You've heard it a million times: You are what you eat. If you're anything like us, that might mean you're a granola bar grabbed in a rush on the way out the door, clutched in a fist alongside phone and keys. That urge to hustle can be hard to resist, but what if this year you slowed down? Bring mindfulness to the way you move and eat with our picks, below.


Pachamama via Website

Organic Caffe

Led by naturopathic nutritionist Mariana Pessanha, Organic Caffe is a restaurant that serves organic, gluten-free food, with no dairy, sugars, artificial sweeteners, pesticides, hormones or preservatives. You'll find back-to-basics ingredients with high nutritional value, such as fruit and vegetables and good sources of fat, protein and carbohydrates. Healthy has never tasted so good.

Where: Banyan Tree Spa Estoril, Rua Particular – Hotel Palácio, Estoril. +351 214 658 600 
When: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.


Local - Your Healthy Kitchen

The mission of Local - Your Healthy Kitchen is to serve food that tastes good and is good for you. And in that it succeeds — even including options for people with dietary restrictions. The chef encourages eating lots of fruits and veggies in varied forms, but carnivores, don't freak out: There's always an animal protein option. None of the food is processed or uses refined sugars, and all desserts are wheat and lactose free.

Where: Mercado da Vila de Cascais - Rua Padre Moisés da Silva, loja 13, Cascais
When: Daily, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.


Ever get so busy in the office that you forget to eat? Spoonful is the answer to your workaholic ways, at least when it comes to food. This online service delivers to work or home (or anywhere else, really) a balanced meal created by a team of chefs together with nutritionist Maria João Nogueira. Just create a profile and consult the menu, updated daily, to select a meal for the next day (you can order up to midnight the day before). Your meal will be delivered between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. No more hurried junk-food binges: You now have a simple, practical way to refuel.

Where: Check the menu online. Delivery is available everywhere in Lisbon.



Pachamama, the Inca goddess related to earth, fertility and motherhood, is the ideal deity to channel for this place, where the focus is put on ecosystem sustainability and balance with Mother Nature. The dishes are made with organic food grown without pesticides and animals raised in freedom. Everything is homemade, from the bread (baked with organic flour) to organic fruit and vegatable juices to pastries. When you're feeling snacky, you'd be wise to show up on Friday or Saturday night.

Where: Boqueirão Duro No. 46
When: Mon.-Thurs., noon-4 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., noon-4 p.m. & 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Eric Kayser Salad Bar 

Known for its fresh bread and indulgent pastries, French bakery Eric Kayser recently introduced a new way of eating salads inspired by Parisian culture. In the daily rush of city life, salads are usually eaten on the go in plastic containers. But in Kayser's store in Amoreiras, you won't find any flip-top boxes. The salad bar gives you the option to compose your own salad or choose from a range of brightly hued premade salads, all chef designed.

Where: Amoreiras Plaza, Rua Carlos Alberto da Mota Pinto, store C
When: Daily, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.


Maria Granel via Website

Maria Granel

At Maria Granel you can stock up on pantry staples in bulk, from herbs, spices, teas, superfoods, granola, rice and dried fruit to chocolates, candy and cookies. Controlling your quantities reduces waste — why buy 1 kg of rice if you know you won't eat it all or need it just for one recipe? — and keeps your grocery bill low. Maria Granel is focused on sustainability and ecofriendly practices, offering organic products without artificial additives.

Where: Rua José Duro nº22 B/C
When: Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 


Ballerina Body via Website

Ballerina Body

Created by dancer and choreographer Inês Jacques, the Ballerina Body method is designed to provide a slim and toned silhouette. It combines various dance techniques, zooming in on classical ballet for a bodyweight-driven workout. Ballerina Body improves posture, tones muscles and increases flexibility. Let your inner swan swim.

Where: Estúdio Ballerina Body, Rua Garrett, 80, 4ºA
When: Check the schedule online.

Nip, Tuck, Rejuvenate 

D’Avenue Clinic Aesthetic Medical Center via Website

D’Avenue Clinic Aesthetic Medical Center

If you're looking for something with a little more oomph than an at-home facial or a few extra crunches, The D'Avenue Aesthetic Medical Center uses advanced methodologies and equipment to deliver the aesthetic results you want. Services range from Botox and acne peels to lymphatic drainage and varicose vein removal. Besides the aesthetic aspect, the pros here focus on detecting, soothing and healing existing problems and conditions while preventing others. The center seeks to be a welcoming environment where you feel more like a guest than a customer.

Where: Avenida da Liberdade, nº 177 1º Dto
When: Daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

By Patricia Cintra

Patricia, a journalist, believes that life is full of secrets. She travels around the world (and Portugal) to discover and share them with the Savoteur team. She grew up in Algarve but has lived in Lisbon for what feels like her whole life.