Going out to lunch with young children is not always an easy task, no matter how well-behaved they are, so we have selected the best restaurants for children, with entertainment that allow you to have a relaxing afternoon, without having to use your cell phone or tablet. To make life easier for parents on the verge of a nervous breakdown, there are child-friendly places that offer activities and/or space with toys where they can run and play, while adults enjoy their meal quietly. In some cases, the food and the unique and original concept is, in itself, appealing to the youngest. Follow All About Portugal's suggestions on where to go with children, and you'll see that it's possible to have a quiet meal with your children, enjoyable for everyone.
Café Império - Lisboa
Located in the building of the former Cinema Império, Café Império is one of the most iconic spaces in Lisbon, being, in fact, classified as a Monument of Heritage Interest due to its interesting interior paintings. On its two floors, it has a café, bar and restaurant, as well as a space for entertainment and activities for children, with various toys at their disposal. You can leave the children in this area to play, while you enjoy one of their famous steaks.
Village Underground Lisboa
Village Underground Lisboa is an unusual, original and multifaceted space, establishing itself as an international platform for culture and creativity. It is spread over 14 shipping containers and two buses, in a unique architectural design that, by itself, will delight your children. The restaurant is on a double-decker bus,offeringa lot of entertainment and music. In the outdoor area, there are two hanging tables, a swing and a view of the 25 de Abril Bridge!
PSI - Lisboa
Set in a magnificent garden with a waterfall and a water lily pond, the PSI restaurant is one of the best places to go with children in Lisbon. It is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in the capital city, a place with history, whose surrounding garden was opened by Dalai Lama. In addition to the toys available, the outdoor space, with a children's playground and a small vegetable garden, provides hours of fun for the kids.
Capricciosa - Lisboa
In a list of the best restaurants for children, we must mention Capricciosa, first of all for its wonderful artisanal pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, a treat for kids and adults alike. Located in Parque das Nações, facing the river, it has a pleasant terrace with a playground, where you can relax and watch the children play. If you prefer to enjoy a pizza by the beach, you can choose Carcavelos’ Capricciosa.
Railroad Caffe - Lisboa
Still in Parque das Nações, we suggest the interesting and original Railroad Caffe, with a curious concept that will leave your children speechless. The food is simple but tasty and includes hamburgers, salads, ice cream and cakes and is brought to the table by a small train, which travels along the rails between the tables. Fun times, for sure!
Treze % - Porto
The Treze % restaurant, located in the Foz area, is an elegant and welcoming space, with large glazed walls that allow parents to enjoy a peaceful meal while watching their children playing in its friendly garden/terrace. In addition to the outdoor space, there are some toys and beanbags for the youngest, and even a small aquarium with fish. Be sure to try the “English roast beef”!
Soundwich - Porto
Located in the magnificent Porto City Park, Soundwich would necessarily have to be on the list of best restaurants for children. Inserted in a threshing floor terrace, here you can taste sandwiches and salads created exclusively by well-known chefs, accompanied by good music, in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. The younger ones have at their disposal some toys and plenty of space to play. If you have a pet, know that you can bring him too.
Homem do Leme - Porto
Right in front of the sea, the restaurant at Homem do Leme beach is great for a family lunch. Right in front, a playground in the shape of a castle promises hours of fun for the little ones. Enjoy its pleasant terrace on the sand, or the glass area on the windiest days, and delight yourself with its extensive menu, which includes a children's menu.
Di Casa - Vila Nova de Gaia
Set in the stunning setting of Quinta de Cravel, in Vila Nova de Gaia, the Di Casa restaurant serves good Italian cuisine, with emphasis on pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven. The interior is cozy and familiar, with glazed walls that allow you to keep an eye on the children who can run freely in the large garden or, if you prefer, you can stay on the green terrace.
Varanda da Barra - Porto
We end the list of the best restaurants for children with a classic from Porto, the well-known Varanda da Barra. With a large living room, with a relaxed and familiar atmosphere, and a pleasant terrace with views over the Douro River, where children can play at ease. The food, with emphasis on homemade pizzas and delicious pastas, will certainly please kids and adults alike. Be sure to try the Assagini, a platter with four types of pasta, a classic that never disappoints!