Lisbon with kids


I’ve been coming to Portugal for over 36 years now – the love I have for the country and this city has been instilled by my parents. As long as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed coming to Lisbon. Lisbon is a fantastic city to visit with children.

What to do with kids in Lisbon

Nowadays I visit Lisbon with my own family. We have a three-year-old daughter and we enjoy ourselves to the max here. Lisbon is an ideal city to visit with your kids (of all ages).

Child friendly welcome

As soon as you land at the airport, you’ll notice how child-friendly the city of Lisbon is. There are various facilities for children, such as kids toilets (both in the men’s and women’s toilets), strollers for children up to 15 kilograms (you’ll find these strollers after you pass customs) and more than 10 places to change your baby’s diapers. At Gate 41 and 44 there are even separate rooms where you can breastfeed.

Below are tips on whether or not to bring a stroller, eating out with your children and which places of interest are definitely worth going to with your kids.



Stroller or baby carrier?

Lisbon is built on seven hills. That means a lot of climbing. If you go out for a walk with the whole family, it is best to think in advance on how to cover all those kilometers. Check out these tips for when you’re going out with a stroller in Lisbon.

Eating out with your kids

Children are more than welcome in practically all restaurants in Lisbon, even though not all restaurants are set to accommodate kids. You’ll find that sometimes there’s no changing mat in the toilet area (and if they are there, they are often only in the women’s toilet). And don’t be surprised if there’s no specific kids menu available.

Going out to eat with kids in Lisbon

Yet it is very nice to go to restaurants with your child in Lisbon. Read more about what to expect and where to pay attention to in this article.

Parks in Lisbon

In Lisbon you’ll find are many parks, most of which also have a playground. And almost every park has a bar or another place where you can get a cup of coffee and buy a small snack. Read more about our favorite parks in Lisbon.

Playgrounds

Lisbon has more than 150 playgrounds. You’ll find one on almost every corner of the street. Chances are that whatever accommodation you’re staying at will have a playground of some sorts around the corner. Looking for a playground? Check our top list here

Playground in Jardim da Estrela

Staying with children in Lisbon

Just like in any other big city, you have a wide choice of hotels and apartments in Lisbon. Especially if you are traveling with children, it’s good to do some homework. Every budget has its own options, check our tips for spending the night with children in Lisbon.

Sightseeing for all ages

This city has something to offer for every age. Read our tips on places of interest that you can visit with your children.

Palácio National de Queluz with kids

Don’t forget that Lisbon is a wonderful place to wander around and discover places. So even if you’re just walking around with your family, there is so much to discover. Lisbon is a very child-friendly city. You’ll get a very warm welcome, not just in restaurants but also at sights that are not necessarily meant for children. So feel free to take your children everywhere, no one will have a problem with that!

Kids passport

For both young and old there’s the Lisboa Passport. The idea is to collect stamps at all kinds of sights and shops scattered around the city. It’s a great thing to do with kids to do and ask for a stamp at shops.

Lisboa Passport

You pay around 10 euros (£8,50) for the booklet itself, the stamps are free. Check where you can get the passport. In the passport you’ll also find a map with the location of all the places where you can get your passport stamped.

In addition to the adult version, you also have a children’s version of the Lisboa Passport, fun for your child to keep up with and also handy to entertain your child. The stamps can be colored in, so loads of fun ahead!

Miradouro da Graça – inspiration for artists

The Miradouro da Graça viewpoint, also known as Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, is especially popular with young people who seek some cooling down in the shade of the pine trees on the terrace of the café. Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen This miradouro contains a bronze statue of…

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Elétrico 24 – welcome back!

tram24 halte jardim amoreiras

Since April of 2018, tram 24, or Elétrico 24, is been back in the streets of Lisbon after 23 years – and just like elétrico 28, you can enjoy the tram ride in one of the characteristic yellow trams. On the route the tram is numbered 24E, where “E” stands…

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Reservatório da Patriarcal – Lisbon’s water supply

Reservatoria da patriarcal ingang

Hidden under the pond in the park Jardim do Príncipe Real you will find Reservatório da Patriarcal, (Patriarcal Reservoir). From 1864 until the mid-twentieth century, this reservoir was an important part of the water supply for large parts of Lisbon’s city centre. The reservoir, also known as Praça de D….

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Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau – say cheese!

We love the Bacalhau pastries that you can usually get at any pastelaria. This is something different though, Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau serves a very special Pastel de Bacalhau! For years we usually walked past this bacalhau pastelaria in the Baixa and never visit it, because I always…

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Tease – cupcake heaven in Lisbon

Tease Cais do Sodre binnen

There is nothing Portuguese about Tease. If you’ve had enough of typical Portuguese sweetness and you’re craving for a ‘normal’ pie, then Tease is a great place to go. Another big advantage of Tease is that it is located in one of my favorite neighborhoods: Príncipe Real. If you want…

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Elevador de Santa Justa – Lisbon’s Eiffel Tower

n the Rua Santa Justa, right in the centre, stands the iron, Elevador de Santa Justa, 45 Meters high, connecting the lower city of Baixa with the upper city of Bairro Alto. The elevator was built at the beginning of the 20th century. The steep hills formed a major obstacle…

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Nannarella – Italian ice cream in São Bento

There is always a queue at Nannarella. Which is no wonder, because the ice cream there is simply delicious. This ice cream shop has been around since 2013 and is located in the São Bento district. It doesn’t matter what time you come here, there are always locals in line…

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Parque Marechal Carmona – playtime in Cascais

Parque Marechal Carmona in Cascais is is one of the most child-friendly parks I’ve ever visited, it seems like everything here is arranged for children. The park is very charming and at the same time adventurous, because of the many chickens and roosters that walk around freely, and because of…

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Parque da Liberdade – adventurous city park in Sintra

When you walk around in Sintra it seems like you ended up in a fairy tale. The castles, palaces, the Pena and the historic centre. All equally beautiful to see and behold. Near the historical centre is Parque da Liberdade, which translates to Freedom Park. We highly recommended your spend…

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Veneziana – oldest ice cream shop

Tucked away in a corner near Praça dos Restauradores you will find Veneziana. This is the smallest and oldest ice cream parlour I have seen in Lisbon. The store is small, but the terrace is normally gigantic. Currently (and unfortunately for the owner of Veneziana), a few buildings next to…

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Parque Infantil do Alvito playground in Monsanto

This is certainly one of the coolest playgrounds we have encountered in Lisbon: Parque Infantil do Alvito. Large, clean and something to do for all ages. The playground is located outside the tourist center and is not easy to get to if you don’t have a car. But because the…

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Amorino – that’s some fancy ice cream

Ice cream store Amorino describes herself best: Amorino is celebrating love with a gourmet touch. We are sold! Amorino has three different stores across Lisbon. Two are located in the Baixa and Chiado districts. And there’s also a branch in the Vasco da Gama shopping centre on the former expo…

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Ice time – the best ice cream shops

In the past, when I went to Lisbon with my parents, ice cream shops hardly existed. At the few ice cream shops that were there, you paid premium for 1 scoop of ice cream. And often the scoop was just a bit too watery and therefore not that tasty. Luckily,…

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Campo das Cebolas – spectacular view of Alfama

In the 13th century a daily vegetable market was held at Campo das Cebolas. It is also from this time that the square owes its name. Campo das Cebolas literally translates to “onion field”. From parking lot to chill field As long as I can remember, Campo das Cebolas was…

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Parque Eduardo VII – park with a grand view

Parque Eduardo VII might not be the most spectacular park in Lisbon, but the view that the park offers definitely makes it worthwhile to go here. The park is located on a slope and sports some beautiful views over the Baixa and the Tagus river. In clear weather you can…

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Óbidos – fortress city with ginja

The city of Óbidos, surrounded by castles walls, is an one hour’s drive north of Lisbon. In Óbidos time appears to have stood still. This city is located near the sea and had an important strategic function in defending the Portuguese territory in the past. The city is built on…

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Gelato Davvero – Rome ice cream in Lisbon

This is how Lisboetas describe it: at Gelato Davvero you’ll find a bit of Rome in Lisbon. Less than three years ago, their first ice cream shop was opened at Cais do Sodré. Soon enough five more stores followed in Lisbon and another four outlets outside the city. This is…

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Miradouro de Santa Luzia – romantic view

If it’s romance you want, you have to go to Miradouro de Santa Luzia. This beautiful vantage point is next to the eponymous church: Santa Luzia. The view of this miradouro covers the oldest part of the city, Alfama en de Taag. Even though this miradouro is located on a…

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Palácio Nacional e Convento de Mafra

Mafra is a 45 minute drive from Lisbon. This city is best known for the Royal Palace: Palácio Nacional e Convento de Mafra, one of the most beautiful Portuguese Baroque buildings. A visit to this palace is certainly worthwhile if you want to discover the surroundings of Lisbon. The overwhelming…

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Hospital de Bonecas – the Lisbon dolls hospital

So your doll is sick, what do you do? In Lisbon, people have been going to the doll doctor at the dolls hospital for generations: Hospital de Bonecas, right in the centre of town. The dolls hospital has existed since 1830 and has cured all kinds of dolls over the…

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Vegetarian food in Lisbon

About 10 years ago it was almost impossible to find a vegetarian restaurant in Lisbon. If you wanted to eat vegetarian, the salade mista (salad with tomato, cucumber and carrot) or an omelette was the best option on the menu. Foto: Terra Nowadays there are more and more vegetarian restaurants…

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Gelado Artisani – homemade ice cream

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The first branch of Gelado Artisani was opened in 2009, near Jardim da Estrela. With the opening of this ice cream shop, Gelado Artisani responded to the trend of the past: Homemade ice cream with fresh ingredients. Natural ingredients, many flavors Artisani claims to use only the best ingredients for…

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Lisbon with children – what to do?

Lisbon has something to offer for visitors of all ages. On this page we’ll hand you some suggestions if you are traveling with children. Don’t forget that Lisbon is a wonderful city to wander around and discover places. Even if you walk around with your family, there is so much…

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Lisbon with children – dining with kids

In the vast majority of Portuguese restaurants children are more than welcome. And even though there may not be that many specific facilities for kids, such as a children’s menus or playroom, we still think it’s very nice to take our daughters to a Lisbon restaurant. Why? Well, mainly because…

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Lisbon with children – our favorite playgrounds

Like most big cities, Lisbon keeps a keen eye on the the little ones. There are more than 150 playgrounds in the city, suitable for kids between 3 and 9 years. The playgrounds are maintained by the municipality and are often in near perfectly condition. You rarely encounter defective playground…

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Lisbon with children: Baby carrier or buggy?

Yes, Lisbon is built on seven hills. So if you move your kids around in a buggy, that will take some effort. But to be honest, traversing the city with a stroller is not all that, we’ve done it many times and we’re not complaining. Our tip is to use…

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Lisbon with children: Where to stay?

There is a lot of choice regarding staying in Lisbon with children, for every budget there is a different option. If you stay in Lisbon for a short while, like 3-4 days, then we advise you to look for accommodation in the city centre (or nearby). If you stay in…

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Ascensor do Lavra – Lisbon secret cable car

Ascensor do Lavra is the oldest cable car in Lisbon still in use. This tram is not yet widely known by tourists, and it is definitely worth a ride! At 188 meters this route is the shortest ride with any cable tram in Lisbon, and with an average gradient of…

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Ascensor da Bica – charming yellow tram

The Ascensor da Bica tram runs through Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo and is, together with the Ascensor da Gloria, a popular place for tourists to take a nice picture with the yellow tram. What makes Ascensor da Bica so special is that it runs straight through a street…

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Miradouro das Portas do Sol – gateway to the sun

A visit to Miradouro das Portas do Sol feels like you’re standing on the balcony of a regular house. Despite the fact that it looks like a large observation deck, it feels cozy and cozy. Miradouro das Portas do Sol is a perfect stop when you are discovering Alfama. When…

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Basílica da Estrela: beautiful light and view

Basílica da Estrela is often skipped by tourists, probably because it’s not in the city centre. Big mistake, because for me this basilica is one of the most beautiful churches in Lisbon. The Basílica da Estrela distinguishes itself with the white dome that rises high above the surroundings and is…

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Miradouros – scenic viewpoints in Lisbon

Miradouro Castelo uitzicht Baixa

Lisbon is built on seven hills, so there is always a place with an overlook of the city. Miradouros (scenic viewpoints) are often tiled with azulejos (Portuguese tiles). You won’t just find tourists here, the locals also like to enjoy the view of their city. Especially couples in love make…

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Praia das Maçãs – beach of apples

Praia das Macas resutarants

Praia das Maçãs literally means “beach of apples”. The beach got that name because the Ribeira de Colares (Colares river) used to flow into it. Sometimes small ships would lose some of the fruits they were carrying, which then ended up on the beach. Former hotspot for the rich and…

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Parque e Palácio de Monserrate – 1001 nights in Sintra

In many travel guides and on various travel blogs we read that Palácio de Monserrate is not as spectacular as the other sights in Sintra. We respectfully disagree with that. The atmosphere in this palace is indeed very special. On the ground floor there are Arab influences that definitely recreates…

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Gelados Santini – The best ice cream in Lisbon*

It is never too cold to eat ice cream! And besides, in Lisbon it’s never really cold. Gelados Santini is one of the best ice cream shops in Lisbon. Gelados Santini has been making ice cream since 1949 and since 2010 they have their own shop in Rua do Carmo….

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Fábrica da Nata – new kid in town

Fábrica da Nata is the new kid in town when it comes to pastéis de nata, and definitely a must visit! Since March 2016, this specialist in pastéis de nata has been opened in the centre of Lisbon. This bakery is not fannying about and has opened a second branch…

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