As the most popular Portuguese Pastry Item Pastéis de Nata are an easy find in Lisbon. There are numerous places all over the city, that sell the delicious custard tarts and therefore I had no problem with being on a strict Pastéis de Nata diet – I must´ve gotten the term food combining diet wrong, as it didn´t make me loose any weight, though. Or maybe it was because of the Bica – portuguese Espresso – that I had with it? The perfect combo by the way!
Of course I had to try the original Pastéis de Belém in the Belem neighbourhood, that are often said to be the best, but I also found other places with really, really yummy versions of the pastry. So without any further ado, here are my three favourite places for Pastéis de Nata.
Pastéis de Belém
Let´s start with an obvious one, the most popular and crowded of all Pastry shops in Lisbon. Yes, they really are as good as the line that forms outside the door day after day makes you guess. And don´t be discouraged, as it moves super fast. Because they sell the tarts with such a high frequency they´re always fresh from the oven and warm. Also – this was the only place, where they added a pack of each sugar and cinnamon to the take – away order.
Set right next to the ticket office of Castelo Sao Jorge in Alfama I was a bit hesitant as if to enter the little café or not. That was because I was concerned it would just be a bad touristy pastry that I´d get. Good, that that wasn´t the case at all. I actually ordered a second, and even a third Pastéis de Nata, because it was so, so yummy. The only negative point I had, was that it wasn´t warm.
This one is very easy to reach in the city center and my personal favourite for Pastéis de Nata. Moreover you can sit down on Praça Luis de Camões, where you´ll find this really small, cute Pastry shop, and enjoy your treat under the Portuguese sun. They don´t have an opportunity to sit down inside, but a little bar and you actually see them make the tarts. It seems to get around, that their Pastéis are awesome, as there was also a little line and the fresh pastries where warm and rich.
Where do you get your favourite Pastéis de Nata when in Lisbon? Curious, as I will come back to this city ASAP. Decision made!