2 Google Fonts Similar to Lucida Grande

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Lucida Grande is a popular sans-serif typeface made popular with it's use through macOS. It is easy to read and is approachable yet professional.

It is due to these reasons that it has become such a popular font.

Below, I cover two fonts that I believe are similar to Lucida Grande.

Quck disclaimer, most free fonts have a hard to being an exact match. So I recommend only using these if your project is one a budget.

With that being said, either one of these fonts will make for a good alternative giving you a similar look and feel to Lucida Grande.

What Google Fonts are Similar to Lucida Grande?

The most similar looking font to Lucida Grande that are available in Google Fonts are:

  • Varela
  • Roboto

Either one of these fonts would make for a good alternative.

So let's cover some things that they have in common and their differences so you can see if this font will work for your project.


Varela is a modern and clean looking sans-serif. Right off the bat, you will notice that the lowercase is extremely similar. I would argue that it matches close to 95%.

If you pay close attention, you will notice a minor difference in the "a" and "h".

The uppercase is also a good match even though it also have a few differences too.

If you examine close enough, you will see that the main differences are in the "Q", "G", and "J".

Overall, it would make a pretty solid alternate font.

I made some images that you can use to compare for yourself.


Roboto is another very popular sans-serif font available in the Google Fonts library. It also is a close match for both upper and lowercase.

The main difference in the lowercase is the "a". In Lucida Grande, it features more of a curved back while in Roboto it is more rounded.

The uppercase does a great job matching, but you will notice some differences in the "J", "Q", and "G".

Compare for yourself.

Final Thoughts

Varela is going to be your best bet in finding a good alternative for Lucida Grande. It features many similarities with few differences. If Varela doesn't work for you then Roboto would be a good secondary option.

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About the Author

Ben Smith is a professional web developer who dabbles in design. He created this site as an ongoing catalog of free alternative fonts for when the premium font just won't work. He currently writes for this site as well as his own personal blog.