- Tips to Know Before You Travel to Lisbon (When to Go, Budgeting and Transportation)
- Best Areas to Stay with Kids (including my Family-Friendly Hotels and Rentals Spreadsheet ????)
- Kid-Friendly Restaurants Matrix for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner & Dessert (sorted by cost ????)
- What to Do with Kids in Lisbon organized by
- Helpful blog posts by local parents and frequent family travelers
- Map of 40+ Recommendations listed in this Guide so you can plan your perfect trip!
(Updated May 2020. I check comments often, so let me know if I can help with a specific travel question below! ????)
Know Before You Go to Lisbon with Kids
Lisbon is one of the BEST large European cities with kids with beautiful weather, delicious food, welcoming people and beaches just a half hour away! Below are the “best of the web” tips, lists and hidden gems.
When to Go?
Lisbon is a lovely place for a family holiday at any time of the year. The weather ranges from 50s and 60s F in the Winter to 70s and 80s F in the Summer. The busiest season is June until the end of August. But because of the great weather, Lisbon is a go-to destination even in the Winter!
Good news! Lisbon is one of the most affordable capitals in Europe! There still great ways to save during your family vacation including:
- Check out the apartment rentals listed below. Having a kitchen and cooking 1 or 2 meals every day at home is a great way to save money (and sanity with kids!)
- Focus on the many free parks and attractions Lisbon has to offer.
- Check out the Lisboa Card and see if its right for you based on what you would like to see. (Discount card which allows for free pass to 35 museums and monuments, free transportation and Fast Track to other places of interest.)
- The Lisbon Metro is affordable and convenient. Most tickets cost 1.50 euros and a 1 day ticket (24 hour) is 6.40 euros for the Metro and more if you add the trains. Kids under 3 are free.
- Highly recommend bringing a baby carrier for smaller kids as much of the city is not stroller-friendly with cobblestones and hills.
Where to Stay in Lisbon with Kids
3 Great Neighborhoods for families: (Read more from local moms and frequent family travelers to find out more.)
- Baixa/Chiado: Older part of the city but close to everything doesn’t have the major hills like the other areas.
- Avenida da Liberdade: Lisbon’s Champs-Élysées and shopping district and very convenient.
- Rato: Very convenient with good public transport, nice restaurants and parks. Little bit outside the older part of town.
Where to Book?
- VRBO.com or Airbnb.com for apartments to rent in London.
- Booking.com is my favorite site for booking hotels. Many have free cancellation.
- Mom Tip! Filter the reviews by month that you are traveling in to see how travelers like the area for that season. You can also search the reviews for “with kids” or “children” and see if its a great hotel for kids.
???? Hotels & Apartments for Families in Lisbon
|Name & Location||Cost||Kid Friendly Notes|
|Lisbon Art Stay Apartments |
|From $120 in low season to $213 in high season.||Apartments in City Center for up to 2 adults and 2 children with a restaurant on site and daily cleaning service. “Awesome” level reviews at Booking.com|
|Radisson Blue Hotel |
|Around $100 USD throughout the year||350m to the Grande Metro Station, includes airport shuttle. Standard Twin rooms can fit 2 adults and 2 children.|
|Charming Apartments Chiado|
|From $180s in low season to $300s in high.||1 and 2 bedroom apartments with kitchens and fabulous location. Very popular option that does sell out in the high seasons.|
|Palacio do Governador in Belem||5 star hotel for around $450 per night.||Located inside an actual Palace! Includes junior suites with cribs and roll away beds and a children’s pool. Local moms love this hotel.|
|Tivoli in Avenida Da Libertade||5 star hotel with prices varying based on season from $300-$600 a night.||One of the few city center hotels with a swimming pool. Check out a local family’s review here.|
|Martinhal Chiado in Chiado||5 star hotel apartments for around $400-$700 per night.||Family apartments inside a luxury hotel known for its family friendly amenities including a free baby concierge, complimentary daytime childcare and multiple kids clubs. Watch a video by the Bucketlist Family of their suite here.|
???? Kid Friendly Restaurant Matrix
- All links are to the TripAdvisor site for each restaurant so you can see pics of food and read reviews.
- Many restuarnts open later than American bedtimes might be used to so make sure you check the restaurants below which have mostly early opening times.
Breakfast Restaurants with Kids in Lisbon
|Name & Address||Location, Hours & Cost||Notes|
Address: Avenida da Republica 15A
Hours: 7:30 AM – 11 PM
Cost: $$ – $$$
|Charming historic cafe with delicious cakes and coffee.|
Address: R. Tomas Ribeiro 115
Hours: 12:30 PM – 4 PM
Cost: Family Brunch on weekends 22 Euros for Adults and 11 for ages 6-12. Free 0-5
|Beautiful 5 star hotel that has a great Family Brunch welcoming kids! For reservations call (+351) 213-199-500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org|
Lunch & Dinner Restaurants with Kids in Lisbon
|Name & Address||Location, Hours, Cost||Notes|
|Time Out Market|
Address: Avenida 24 de Julho
|Cais do Sodre|
Hours: 10 AM to 12 AM.
Cost: Depends on stall.
|Very popular food hall with tons of options from Traditional to Asian food. Stroller friendly but gets busy so recommend going on off peak times. Playground out front.|
Address: Rua Nova da Trinidade 20 C
Hours: 12 PM to 12 AM.
Cost: $$ – $$$
|Historic restaurant inside an old monastery that welcomes families for traditional meals. Highchairs and kids menu available.|
|Panda Cantina |
Address: Rua da Prata 252
Hours: 12 PM – 3 PM and 6:30 PM – 10 PM.
Cost: 7 euro ramen
|Casual ramen restaurant where you choose the protein.|
|Chapito A Mesa|
Address: Costa do Castelo 7
Hours: 12 PM – 10:30 PM
Cost: $$ – $$$
|Great views over the city and water. Located in an Art District so there may be performances while you wait. Reservations recommended.|
Dessert Restaurant Recommendations for Families in Lisbon
|Name & Address||Location, Cost, Hours||Notes|
|Pasteis de Belem|
Address: Rua de Belem No 84 a 92
Hours: 8 AM – 11 PM.
|Most popular pasteis cafe in the city. Mom Tip! from Kate: Play at the Vasco da Gama park across the street and keep an eye on the line to grab a snack when it slows down.|
Address: Rua do Loreto 2 Largo de Camoes
Hours: 8 AM – 12 AM.
Cost: $ (1 € espresso and 1 € pastry!)
|Delicious pastry factory in the heart of many attractions.|
Address: Rua do Carmo 3
Hours: 11 AM – 12 AM.
Cost: $$ – $$$
|Most popular gelato! Mom Tip! from Nibble and Squeak is to go around noon or 5:30PM bc it gets busy around peak times.|
???? What to Do in Lisbon with Kids
So Much to do in this great city so organized by:
Top Things to See:
- Castelo De Sao Jorge: Amazing views of the city and lots to see inside and outside (peacocks!) Hours and tickets in link.
- COST: Adults: 10€, Ages 13-25: 5€, Ages 12 and Under: Free!
- Elevador de Santa Justa: Beautiful 1902 elevator in Bairro Alto district with views of the city. Hours and location in English in link.
- COST: To ride the elevator up and down: 5.15€, To walk up and down and see view 1.50€.
- Ascensor da Bica Funicular: Also known as Elevador da Bica (Bica Lift). Great info in link on when and where to catch these iconic funicular trams!
- COST: Included in the city metro passes or you can purchase on board but a bit more expensive.
- Jeronimos Monastery: Beautiful UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in Belem.
- COST: Church is free and Cloister is Adults: 10€, children under 12 are free.
- Tower of Belem: Iconic 16th century tower and bridge. Hours in English in link.
- COST: 0-12: Free, 13 and up: 6€
- Lisbon Oceanario: Europe’s largest aquarium. One mom’s review here. Hours and tickets in English in link. Area around the aquarium is really nice with splash pads and parks.
- COST: 0-3: Free, Ages 4-12: 13€, 13-64: 19€
- Science Museum (Pavilhao de Conocimiento): Great location for a rainy day with kids. Hours and location in link in English.
- COST: Ages 0-2: Free, Ages 3-11: 7€, Ages 12-18: 8€, Adult: 10€
Day Trips from Lisbon with Kids:
- Sintra Palaces: Located just 30-40 minutes outside Lisbon is the beautiful town of Sintra with the unique Pena Palace, Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle) and other great sites. Checkout out this great post with tips on traveling with kids. Hours for all the attractions are in official link in English. Tip: Go as early as possible in the morning to the Pena Palace first as it gets increasingly crowded throughout the day.
- Cascais Beach: Only a half hour by train to this beautiful and charming beach town on the Atlantic Ocean!
- Almada, Portugal: Take a 15 minute ferry across the harbor to this former industrial area with great views of the 25 de Abril Bridge and the Cristo Rei statue. (Ferry is only €1.25 one way) Link is to the 15 Best things to do in Almada by the Crazy Tourist.
FREE Things To Do in Lisbon with Children:
- Vasco da Gama Park playground: Kate from MomInZurich has a great Mom Tip to have the kids play at the playground which is across the street from the famous Pasteis de Belem café. You can check the line while the kids play and pop in when the line is not out the door.
- Tropical Belem Gardens: Local Lisbon Mom Marta has a great list of hidden playgrounds and parks for kids and this Garden tops the list! She also has great info on close by family friendly restaurants nearby.
- Check out the beautiful views from one of the seven hills of Lisbon: Great write up on TheWorldisaBook on where to check out the views and which tram to use to get there.
Off the Beaten Path for Families:
- Kate from MominZurich loved taking her 3 kids on the Little Lisbon food tour and wrote about it here and below: “…from the moment I met Mariana, she blew me away. And more importantly, the children. She had them identifying local fish at the fresh food market, taught them the food pyramid, how to identify trees local to Lisbon, and kept them busy and tummies filled for the 3 hour tour. If you find yourself in Lisbon, definitely book the Little Lisbon tour. It was absolutely worth every penny with the immense knowledge we all gained. (Not sponsored, just seriously blown away)”
Other helpful blogposts from local parents and frequent family travelers:
- Children’s Books about Portugal to read before your trip!
- Local Lisbon mom Maria from OneTinyLeap.com lists 4 Top Areas inside the city (Baixa/Chiado, Belem, Estrela/Campo De Ourique, and Avenida da Liberdade) and includes her favorite child-friendly hotels for each area. All the good info at her post here. (6-minute read)
- Frequent family traveler Marta from LearningEscapes.net shares her favorite neighborhoods to stay with kids in this great post here including 5 apartments and hotels. (2 minute read)
- Local independent travel website LisbonLisboaPortugal.com has a full post for families is very informative here. (entire post – 9 minute read)
- 2 Days in Lisbon: Perfect Itinerary by Learning Escapes (8 minute read)
- A Week in Lisbon with Kids by Mom in Zurich (5 minute read) (Mom was solo parent-traveling with 3 kids!)
- An Insider Parent’s Guide to the Top Family Friendly Restaurants in Portugal by Nibble and Skweak (3 minute read)
- Best Child Friendly Restaurants in Lisbon (6 minute read) I read dozens of articles and blogs to compile the best restaurants for kids and this was the best full list from a local mom who knows! I pulled the top ones, but Maria’s full list is an excellent read.
Map of All Recommendations
All the locations mentioned in the Guide are also on an interactive Lisbon with Kids Google Map and embedded below. Be sure to click the drop-down arrow in the top left corner of the map for the color-coded key for 1) Hotels in green, 2) Restaurants in blue and 3) Things to Do in purple.[googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/embed?mid=1VK56g1ioxn7DYXrE5Cv_ivnyY2Z6pRXm&w=640&h=480]