Today we meet Lisa who owns the Foodprintz Cafe with her friend Karo. This place combines food, yoga and education so we were really curious to discover more…
Located near Marques Pombal, it is the perfect spot to eat healthy food for breakfast and lunch or just to go chill out during the day. The menu is 100% vegan which is pretty hard to find in Lisbon. Everything is homemade and the atmosphere is great, if you haven’t been there you should run to it!
1) When and how did your project come to life ?
Foodprintz Cafe is a collaboration between Karo and me, Lisa. I am german, she is dutch and we met all the way on the other side of the world in Sydney, Australia. She is a Jivamukti Yoga teacher and vegan chef, I am a psychologist and mindfulness trainer. Our beliefs and interests combined well with each other and from a collaboration grew a beautiful friendship. A bit more than two year ago we both returned to Europe, love is what Karo brought to Lisbon. I visited her once and I fell in love with the city! The people, the vibe, the weather….and so we started dreaming and talking about setting up an actual space where we both could combine all our beliefs, interests and passion. And that space became Foodprintz Cafe: Food, Yoga and Education.
Granola jar and toasts images by Fred Madeira Cookie image by Luis Luz
2) What is the Foodprintz café about ?
We are about many things, but mainly anything conscious! In our cafe we serve fresh, organic food from a monthly changing menu. We have a big breakfast menu, well selected lunch menu and fresh juices, teas, coffees and lattes. Everything on our menu is vegan. We care a big deal about local businesses so we try to work exclusively with Portuguese producers and companies!
Apart from eating people can also join us for Jivamukti Yoga classes during the evening and meditation on sunday mornings. Or fancy booking a massage? 🙂
Our last pilar is education and while Karo and I also host a few workshop throughout the year together, we also have a lot of beautiful people with amazing projects organising their own workshops in our space. This year 2018 we will have at least 2 workshops every month and they range from vegan cheese workshops, macrobiotic cooking workshop, DIY facial cream workshops and many more.
Weather you join us for eating, yoga or a workshop you can be absolutely sure that we will be there and welcome you with a smile and a chat.
3) How many people work in there?
At the moment we are a team of seven people. Lisa the general Manager, Karo is head of the kitchen, Celia and Anabela are our kitchen hands, Livia and Pedro are in service and Manuela is giving us a hand with dishes. Karo is also teaching Yoga and Lisa is teaching meditation.
Image by Fred Madeira
4) What is your typical customer?
I don’t think we have a “typical” customer. Gladly, the kind healthy, vegan food is becoming more and more popular with many different people. We have customers in heels and suits, working in the area, in sweat pants and sneakers, living in the area and tourists from all over the world. We meet very different people every day but they all have one thing in common: they are looking for real and healthy food and an atmosphere where they can feel at home.
5) What are your favourite hotspots in Lisbon?
It is hard to choose my favorite spot honestly, Lisbon is very diverse and that is what I love about it so much. For walks with my dog I love to go to Jardim de Torel. On a sunny morning I love a coffee at miradouro Senhora do Monte. On a day off I like to take a walk to LX factory and have lunch at The Therapist. For a delicious vegan dinner I go to Ao26 The Vegan Food Project and for beach walks I like to get out of the city a bit and spend an afternoon in Sesimbra or Serra de Arrabida, where my boyfriend is from.