Lisbon under Winter sun

Last week, we spent four days in beautiful Lisbon. We really fell in love with this heartbeating city, full of energy, constantly evolving between tradition and modernity. In the meantime, the city is very calm and peaceful, perfect for a family journey.

I’d like to share with you here some of the places we loved, restaurants we enjoyed and lovely shops. 

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ACCOMODATION

We had the opportunity to be invited to the Martinhal Family Resorts, in the heart of Chiado. I have never seen such a well-designed hotel for families! Everything is made for kids and parents’ well-being, but in a stylish way : beautiful contemporary wood furniture, elegant tables with rounded edges, bright and large living-room allowing children to play, premium family equipment (step for kids, bottle warmer,  unbreakable tableware …). Several apartment sizes are available depending on the type of family: from studio to apartment with two bedrooms, huge living room, fully equipped kitchen and two bathrooms. The hotel can accommodate even families up to 6 persons.

Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane

To complete this ‘family’ approach, there’s a kids’club to take care of the children during the day and the evening in a safe environment. It is perfect for all ages up to 10 years old : games, video projections, climbing wall and a resting area for the little ones. The team is multilingual and very attentive to children’s needs. For those who wish, a babysitting service is also available.

In the hotel, there’s a café, the M bar, also very well designed for kids : menus, crockery, miniature car …

Finally, the hotel’s location is excellent, in the heart of Chiado, the trendiest area in Lisbon, where there’s a lot of great restaurants and  bars! Perfect for parents who want to go out at night for a drink while the kids are enjoying a pajama party.

In short, we loved this hotel and I highly recommend it !!

Please note that the earlier  you book, the better prices you can obtain … More info here.

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Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane

WANDERING

What a pleasure to wander through beautiful Lisbon streets in February and to already perceive the first signs of Spring !!

During this four-day family break, we opted for wanders at the expense of the many attractive museums (Museum of Contemporary Art of Chiado, Museum of Fashion and Design, Cultural Center of Belem, …).

  • Big crush for the Alfama district: its narrow streets, its white houses, colored by the linen drying at the windows, its orange-trees full of fruits in this season …
  • We also loved the Chiado area of course, very lively and arty, with plenty of cafes, restaurants and pretty squares.
  • The green area of Principe Real, on the heights of Lisbon, is very peaceful, with great views over the city. There are very nice shops, such as the Embaxaida concept store or the kids shop Mini by Luna. .. Nice and lively restaurants and cafes also (see below)
  • What a pleasure to discover the Tagus bank, between Alcantara and Belem areas: from the LX Factory to the Cultural Center of Belem, an unforgettable walk!
  • And, do not miss the Belem district: the Monastery, the Botanical Garden, the cultural Center of Belem …

 

L'Alfama / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
L’Alfama / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Chiado / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Chiado / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Tropical Botanical Garden / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Tropical Botanical Garden / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane

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DISCOVER THE PORTUGUESE ART OF LIVING 

Lots of nice boutiques in Lisbon for lovers of good and nice things! The Portuguese art of living is very well put forward and you can discover a rich and open-to-the world culture.

A Vida Portuguesa: a shop in the heart of Chiado which selects beautiful Portuguese art of living. Lovely soaps and skincare, pretty cans, carpets … ! Many many beautiful things to buy 😉

Mercado Da Ribeira : everything is made for gourmet people! This covered market offers a beautiful selection of fruits, vegetables, meats and fish that will delight you! It is also a gastronomic place with its pretty open-air cafes held by local chefs where it is very pleasant to stop for a gourmet lunch break!

The Lx Factory: a unique place in an old renovated factory, in the Alcantara area. The Lx Factory is a bit like a village where it is pleasant to wander : it is both a work platform and a food and shopping centre …

Embaixada : in the heart of Principe Real area, this concept store  enhances Portuguese know-how through beautiful trendy shops such as Link Store  men store), Organii (organic cosmetics) and Ecolà (wool clothes).

Mini By Luna: a precious shop for children (clothes and decoration) with a bohemian and poetic inspiration. You will find here a very lovely selection of Tocoto Vintage, Bobo Choses, Numero 74 …

Pasteis de Belem: the best pasteis de nata in town !! You have to wait a little to be served, but it’s worthwhile !

Embaxaida conceptstore / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Embaxaida conceptstore / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Link Store / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Link Store / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Mini by Luna / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Mini by Luna / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Lx Factory / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
Lx Factory / Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
LX Factory/ Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane
LX Factory/ Crédit photo : Sweet Cabane

TO EAT

Here are some tested and approved addresses:

In the heart of Chiado:

Pharmacia : a delicious Portuguese restaurant, located in the Pharmacy Museum. Very kids friendly!

Taberna das Flores: delicious gourmet tapas in a traditional tavern. Perfect for couples (harder with kids, as there are only small tables)

Sea Me: delicious fish restaurant, with great sushi and tempura (did you know that tempura donuts were created in Portugal and then exported to Japan?)

Palacio Chiado: a unique place, in a sumptuous palace. Restaurants, nice cocktail bars, … Perfect for a romantic evening!

On Principe Real:

Copenhagen Coffee Lab: a nice café run by Danish girls. Delicious homemade coffee, pastries and sandwiches.

Zero Zero Pizzeria: a lovely pizzeria, with a garden. Perfect with kids.

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Big thanks to Hélène Fulchi, creator of Minois Paris who lives now in Lisbon, and to Christèle, La Girafe designer, for their good tips ! This allowed us to have a perfect journey!

See you next Monday to talk about kids’ jewelry  …

Lots of love,

Emilie.

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