6 of Our Favorite Spots to Eat Pastéis de Nata in Lisbon
No trip to Lisbon is complete without eating a pastéis de nata (or a few!). These Portuguese egg custard tarts are the perfect anytime-snack and really satisfy any sweet cravings you may have. While you can easily find them all over the city, we’ve rounded up 6 of our favorite places to eat pastéis de nata in Lisbon.
Pastéis de Belém
According to local legend, Pastéis de Belém, a bakery next to the Jeronimos Monestery, holds the original recipe for these tasty tarts. It’s the most famous spot in Lisbon to eat pastéis de nata, and is an absolute must when you visit. Since 1837, locals and tourists alike have been lining up to snag a box of custard tarts to eat in the café or on the go. As the original, Pastéis de Belém is still an iconic spot in Lisbon to enjoy a delicious custard tart in a charming and lively atmosphere.
Address: R. de Belém 84 92
Head on up to Lisbon’s whimsical Bairro Alto and make a stop at Manteigaria. It’s a more recent addition to the city, but has quickly become one of the best places in town to get pastéis de nata. A former butter shop (hence the name) in a breathtaking Art Nouveau building, Manteigaria, has the ovens running all day long. From early morning to midnight, you can bet on getting a fresh, flaky tart fresh out of the kitchen.
Address: Rua do Loreto 2
A step into Pastelaria Versailles is a step back in time, with ornate decoration, a cozy ambiance, and unbeatable pastries and custard tarts. It’s charming 1920s vibe, paired with traditional pastries and tarts, make you feel as if you’ve been transported to another world. Locals love to come here for a leisurely coffee and snack, and adore the fact that this spot is lively without feeling too crowded. If you want to try pastéis de nata in Lisbon the way that the locals do, make time for a coffee and pastry break at Pastelaria Versailles.
Address: Av. da República 15-A
Aloma started off as a small, neighborhood pastry shop in 1943, moved into the Time Out Market later on, and is now at home in Campo de Ourique. This bakery is wildly popular due to its award-winning pastéis de nata that have won several blind taste tests. These sweet treats are the real deal and give other bakeries a run for their money. Because of its success, Aloma now has several locations around Lisbon.
Address: R. Francisco Metrass 67
Pastelaria Cristal is outside of the city center in a ritzy, residential area of Lisbon. The locals congregate here for a bica (solo espresso) and pastéis de nata, along with the lively chats and social aspect that go along with them. In fact, the custard tarts here are so good that they’ve taken home the prize for best tarts in the city more than once. Make your way to to the Lapa neighborhood and try these creamy, sugary delights that are sure to please your palatte.
Address: R. de Buenos Aires 25
Fim de Século
Another pastry shop that’s off the tourist track is Fim de Século, a family bakery that does custard tarts right. This pastry shop is rather new on the scene when compared to the other big spots for pastéis de nata in Lisbon. This family venture began in 1999 and quickly rose up the ranks, snagging the 2016 title of “Best Pastéis de Nata” in the city.
Address: R. João Frederico Ludovice 28
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