A visit to Belém is only complete wen you go to the famous Pastéis de Belém and eat one (or more! ) of the delicious custard cream pastries. The crispy crust contrasts with the creamy and sweet filling of this pastries that you can eat just a few minutes after they came out of the oven.
The place is very easy to find and you must not feel discouraged by the crowd outside. The the beautifully tiled rooms inside are quite big and is easy to find a seated place. Just enter and look for a table. There you can order some pastéis to eat with your favorite drinks, and some to take home. I always order at least two for person (and I'm not a sweet tooth!). In summer I'll drink a home-made lemonade and wen its cold I'll order a lemon tea made with fresh lemon zest. The pastéis are also delicious with a nice hot expresso coffee.
You can find Pastéis de Nata in almost every coffee shop in Lisbon (and all over Portugal for that matter!), but the original Pastéis de Belém, with its secret recipe, can only be found here. The recipe, first developed by the monks from the Jerónimos Monastery, was sold to the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém in 1837 and since became one of the most famous pastries in Portugal and known world wide as Portuguese Custard Tarts.
You will find cinnamon and sugar on the table to sprinkle the pastries. I never add sugar, but cinnamon is a must!
PASTÉIS DE BELÉM
Rua de Belém nº 84 a 92, 1300 – 085 Lisboa Portugal
Tel: +351 21 363 74 23
October 1st to June 30 - 08:00 to 23:00 (On 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January, closes at 19h)
July 1st to September 30 - 08:00 to 24:00