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Mother Hoods: Lisbon

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

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Photos Courtesy of Hélène Fulchi

Need a dose of wanderlust? If you haven’t been to Lisbon, Portugal yet, we suggest you put the location on your destination wishlist ASAP. A beautiful balance of history (hello, castles and cobblestone streets!) and modern design and cuisine, the city is currently home to Minois founder Hélène Fulchi, who was born in France but moved to Lisboa 3 years ago. To give us her take on the town that’s captured her heart, Hélène (mother to Paz, 4) gives us her Mother Hoods guide on what to do in Lisbon with kids and without kids.

What are your favorite places in Lisbon to…

Eat with kids? “One place I like is Pizzeria Zero Zero in Principe Real. It has a lovely terrace and the pizza is delicious. Also, Fauna & Flora in Santos, it has the best banana pancakes, which they serve all day!”

Eat with adults?Prado Restaurante. It has very nice decorations and seasonal, fresh, and local ingredients.”

Shop for kids?Loja Dada has a very nice selection.”

Shop for yourself? “A charming Portuguese ceramics shop called Loiça ao kilo.”

Play with your child?Jardim de Estrela. This beautiful park is very pleasant. There is a kiosk for coffee and a great playground for the kids. It’s also possible to settle on the grass for a picnic!”

Play with your adult friends? “Going to the beach—Costa da Caparica, a 20 min drive from Lisbon—and enjoying the sunset with a glass of wine.”

Get out in nature? “Go down south and visit Alentejo. A region for lovers of tranquility, vast landscapes, and traditions.”

Any good flea markets/thrift shops?Feira da Ladra, Lisbon’s legendary flea market, held on Tuesdays and Saturdays.”

Any favorite museums?MAAT, an outward-looking museum located on the banks of the Tagus in Belém.”

Where do you take out-of-town visitors? “We spend the day in Arrabida. A beautiful protected area that’s a 40 minute drive from Lisbon. It has white sand beaches and crystalline blue water. It could be paradise.”

Any tourist-y places that are worth it to visit?Alfama. The oldest neighborhood in Lisbon. Very touristy, but very charming !”

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