House of Wonders

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Largo de Misericordia 53, Cascais, Portugal, 2750

Reported all-veg by owner April 2015. Mezze-based menu plus juices and smoothies, pastries, raw vegan desserts, non-dairy milks. This cafe and galeria features rooftop with sea view in the centre of Cascais, up a multiple flights of steep stairs. Free Wi-Fi. Also sells hand-crafted goods and furniture. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Mediterranean, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Moroccan, Portuguese

48 Reviews

First Review by Greysocialist

Very fresh and tasteful food - Edit

We tried the "share" version with a plate with small portions of the 4 hot plates (there is no option to have big portions of any of the hot plates) and than free access to the cold plates. We requested the vegan version for all the hot plates, since 3 of them where lacto-vegetarian. All of them where very tasteful. The cold buffet was also very nice and fresh. The system is a bit complicated but the staff will have the patience to go through it with you.

Pros: Food is excellent and very fresh., Very friendly staff., They have vegan versions of all the hot plates.

Cons: You can only taste small portions of hot plates., Expensive, even if the food is worth it., The menu system is not very straight forward.

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Beautiful and delicious plates - Edit

This is not just a beautiful rooftop from which you can spend hours chilling and relaxing in. It offers the most gorgeous vegetarian and vegan plates that are mouth watering, and offer a great selection of fresh juices. The owner has so much energy and is fantastic to spend time with, my friends and I loved this whole experience in Cascais.

Pros: delicious food, great setting, owners warmth

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Great vegetarian food, nice rooftop terace - Edit

Loved the lunch at this nice rooftop restaurant in Cascais. staff is very friendly and the dishes are large and very tasty. Liked the potatoes and hummus especialy

Pros: food, location, staff

Cons: none

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Lovely - Edit

I came here based on the previous reviews and I have to confirm all positive written. Beautiful restaurant, we sat on the roof terrace enjoying the lovely view over Cascais. Delicious juices and a plate full of vegan fingerfood. Admitted, there were only a few plates to choose from, but the plates have lots of variety in itself. European prices, not cheap, but for me it was worth the good time I had here.

Vegan full-time traveler and blogger
www.budgetbucketlist.com

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-21

Pros: Good food, All vegan, Nice indoor and outdoor seating

Cons: Not cheap

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Tasty juices and Food - Edit

Lovely roof top location with imaginative menu.

Pros: Lovely location and staff, Imaginative menu, Elaborate Juices

Cons: None

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Great cakes - Edit

We day-tripped to Cascais from Lisbon and stumbled upon House of Wonders on a wander around the town. We shared the trio of raw vegan desserts, which were all delicious and fresh (we couldn't decide our favourite!), and some good coffee. We sat outside thanks to the weather and it was a very pleasant way to spend a chunk of the afternoon - we were disappointed we hadn't known about it sooner and had a proper meal here. Recommended to friends who visited recently who sat on the rooftop and loved it too. Super friendly staff who were very happy to explain the options and vegan choices.

Pros: Friendly staff, Great food, Picturesque setting

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Sit back and relax... - Edit

...because they take care of everything for you, including your food choices. It was really fun to be surprised by what they were going to bring out next. The starter and warm food are part of set menu and then you choose your cold food options. It was great to try such a variety of different kinds of foods. We particularly liked the lime coconut cheesecake, the sweet potato salad (with strawberries!), and the strawberry-guava juice. The staff were so warm and friendly. You pretty much have to make a reservation - we saw so many people turned away because they were full (it was a dinner). It wasn't that expensive either - 25 EUR/person for a 4-course meal and drinks.

Pros: Great variety, Mostly vegan food, Nice atmosphere

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Beautifully flavoured vegan buffet lunch options - Edit

A popular restaurant in the centre of Cascais serving an excellent array of vegan options at lunchtime. I opted for the small plate, which was more than enough, and was presented with beautifully flavoured vegetable dishes and fruit options. Great service, too. Booking in advance recommended.

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great food in beautiful surrounding - Edit

thanks to happy cow we found this place in cascais, a very beautiful little village outside lisbon. easy reachable within 20-30 minutes by train.
we had juices, coffee and cakes on their rooftop terrace and enjoyed it very much.

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Great vegan options - Edit

Amazing food with plenty of vegan options. Good atmosphere and the staff is very friendly. Absolutely worth it!

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Good food and excellent view - Edit

Went here during lunch on a Saturday. Very good food and the juices were great!

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The best food in Portugal :) - Edit

This place is amazing, I have no words.... I stayed 4 days in Cascais and went there 4 times for lunch:) this is how much I loved it. Lunch plates are everyday a bit different, so you can try a lot of delicious food... It is a mezze plate so really you get to try different options.

They have amazing juices, spinach & pineapple was my fav, and i tried also mango & passion fruit which was amazing and filling.

Also, if you visit you have to try cakes...omg I tried 4 of them.. With figs, mango and my fav mango/avocado and chocolate cake.... Delicious, best cakes ever! For real!

Not to mention that staff is super friendly, you really fell welcomed and want to go back!

There is also a great terrace so you can really enjoy your meal there while being outside.

Def go! Even if you are in Lisbon and have some time just jump on a train to Cascais (2euro) and have lunch in House of Wonders!


Updated from previous review on 2017-06-28

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, delicious cakes!

Cons: only one minus is that they are not in Lisbon:)

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Nice experience - Edit

We went there twice.
The first time we had a ery nice experience. The vegetarian cakes and tea we tried were very good.
The second time the cakes were not very good, we could feel the soda bicarbonate in all of them...
The place is very nice, the decoration has a very good vibe.
The staff can be very nice or a bit distant.
It is a bit expensive, I think.

But I think you should try it, see it for yourself.

Pros: Nice decoration, Good food, Nice staff

Cons: Expensive, Small portions, Distant staff, sometimes

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wonderful - Edit

Best vegan mezze plate i ever had. A lots of things, i was surprised at every bites.
More than cute rooftop, ran by kind people.
I mean it, go there

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Amazing - Edit

Lovely restaurant! I've been here twice and really enjoyed both times. The menu us like a mezze so you get to try a bit of everything, which I love. For 2 people you can choose a big plate of cold mezze items and 3 smaller hot dishes. They also have nice wine and great white sangria. Very helpful lovely staff, I'll definitely be returning!

Pros: amazing variety of food to try

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Yummy, cosy and relaxing - Edit

We went there on wednesday afternoon with a non veg friend. She had already visited the place once and told me to check it out since she knew I am vegan. The location seems to be in the center of Cascais (not far from train station) and the place itself is really cute and colourful, i loved the decoration ! It has good vibes.
My friend ordered a coffee and a brownie and I took a smoothie (passionfruit mango and almond milk) with a raw vegan parfait. Before ordering I thought it was a yogurtmuesli mix but it turned out to be a cake.... but oh boy, i wan't disappointed ! Delicious, fresh, sweet and very tasty !
We ate outside on the terrace and it was very enjoyable, since it's calm and the view is nice.

I would go back for sure !

Pros: Delicious raw vegan cake, good smoothie, Very cute place, felt good to be there, Nice staff

Cons: A bit expensive for me but worth it

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Nice rooftop - Edit

Very nice place and atmosphere, nice service and the juices were amazing. Nevertheless the variety was poor the it could be cheaper.

Pros: Atmosphere, Juices

Cons: Could be cheaper, Poor variety

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Highly Recommend - Edit

I am vegan and went here for lunch with my Mum, and although she is not vegetarian or vegan she really enjoyed it. Very tasty food with freshly prepared smoothies, delicious desserts more (veggie than vegan) hot drinks and a variety of herbal teas. Staff are also very friendly. Lovely ambience. ?

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Go as a pair or group - Edit

This place is sweet. The staff is nice. The food is very good, just be sure to mention if you are vegan or they may try to bring you something with cheese on it more than once. They bring you homemade hummus and GF chapati and it's DELISH.
Also, if you go to the main entrance, you'll be redirected around the corner on the right of the building so just go straight there.
There is no menu, just a cold bar to help yourself to a variety of item (most are vegan) and hot dish brought to your table for your group.
Since I was solo, they just brought me a modified hot entree. Another solo vegan traveler walked in and we ended up dining together so that worked out perfect.
I would go back for sure.

Pros: great hummus, kind staff, vegan raw desserts

Cons: need to be just a little bit more conscious of the

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Place to relax & enjoy life - Edit

The „House of Wonders“ actually consists of three locations: On street level, there is a location that looks like a proper restaurant. Around the corner there’s another entrance, when you go upstairs you first arrive at the cosy café, further upstairs there’s the area where you order the food that is available there (mezze platters, cakes, coffee, juices, wines…), and then further upstairs you arrive at the rooftop terrace.
We spent some time at the rooftop terrace and enjoyed smoothies and a vegan mezze platter, so I can only rate this.

The mezze platter was OK but not amazing: I asked for a vegan version of the normally vegetarian mezze platter, and we got some salad, some hummus, and seasonal vegetables, mostly cooked in oil (leeks, pumpkin, beetroot…). There weren't any special tastes, no spices used... I had the impression that they put more effort in the vegetarian mezze.

At first I was a bit disappointed that you can’t really see much of the sea from the terrace. But the atmosphere there is so relaxing and enjoyable, that you are more than compensated for that. We were there in November. When it gets chilly they have blankets, so you can extend your stay. Staff is cheerful, the whole atmosphere laid-back and friendly. Would love to return.

Pros: Great atmosphere!

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Superb - Edit

I would put this place in the top 3 vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon.
Excellent service, a great variety of exciting flavours. Nice ambience.

Pros: Excellent meze-style buffet, Very good, smiley service, Nice mellow tunes

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Nice place in the center of Cascais - Edit

Great juices. Good number of vegan options in a nice space and great location. Can be pricey. Food is ok whit variety. Probably your best option if you are in Cascais looking for a place to eat healthy, vegan/vegetarian food whit your friends.

Pros: Vegan options, space and location

Cons: Food as too much flavor (?!) Deserts, juices and d

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unforgetful - Edit

AMAZING FOOD! During summer they have a raw vegan option but during other seasons only vegan options! The bread which is gluten free vegan & yeast free is the best one i've had (Dipped in humous= perfection), the raw vegan deserts (all seasons) are deliscious and so are the vegan/gluten free cakes! The rooftop is super cool and has a relaxed vibe! THIS RESTAURANT IS A MUST!
i go there almost every weekend ?

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Medíocre - Edit

A comida é boa, mas o espaço estava numa confusão autêntica e não deu muita vontade de ficar lá a apreciar a refeição. Também achei o preço muito elevado para a quantidade de comida que colocam, pelo que não fiquei com vontade de regressar.

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Awful management and way to deal with costumers - Edit

I went to this restaurant a few weeks ago for a dessert and a coffee. As soon as we got in I told the waiter we only wanted to have dessert and he told us to go upstairs. We went up one floor and the next waiter told us to go up one more floor. We did and stood next to a counter with many other waiters and tried to place our order. Only after 5-10 minutes someone talked to us. I asked the lady which desserts were vegan and she said "all of them". I asked if she was sure as some cakes only had a "gluten free" tag and missed a "vegan" tag. She confirmed they were all vegan, but as soon as another waiter overheard us she intervened and said not all of them were vegan. The other lady apologized and it would have been fine since we all make mistakes, if it wasn't for what happened next.

After we placed our order and received the desserts I noticed my cake slice was very tiny comparing to my friends' non-vegan slices, something I would refer as soon as I went to pay. When we finally went to pay the waiter charged me 5 euros for a cake slice that was listed as 3.5 euros. I asked what was all that about and he answered that the cake was new and the correct price was not yet listed. I complained that they could not charge me for something not listed and that the cake slice was also incredibly tiny. He only replied "yes. yes. yes" all the time, clearly wanting me to go away and not even apologizing for the situation.

Someone who appeared to be the manager overheard us, apologized to me and told the waiter I was correct and they could not charge me for a price not listed, and he gave me back my 1.5 euros change.

It's a shame this situation happened, as this place had potential to be an amazing place to eat.

I'm giving 2 whole stars instead of 1 only because the tiny cake slice tasted good.

Cons: Awful management, Need social skills, Unpleasant waiters

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good experience - Edit

Unfortunately we didn't notice that there is also a buffet (scrolling through the reviews) so we end up ordering mezze which was good but kind of expensive (and also I was hungry afterwards, it wasn't that big of a meal). Juices are delicious and their cakes (both raw and baked) as well! And the rooftop is very pretty.

Pros: delicious cakes, rooftop with a pretty view

Cons: expensive, confusing

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Amazing! - Edit

The buffet was just incredible and had to have a second round!

Desserts and juices amazing too and the staff was delightful! Will be coming back many times in the future

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