Oh my goodness, have you heard of Pastel de Nata? It’s this absolutely delicious traditional Portuguese pastry that you simply must try when visiting Lisbon. These heavenly treats are made with a flaky pastry crust and filled with a creamy custard filling that will leave you drooling.
The history of Pastel de Nata is so fascinating. It all started in the 18th century when Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery in Belém, a suburb of Lisbon, began making the tarts as a way to use up leftover egg yolks. Can you believe it? And the recipe has been passed down through the years, and now you can try the original at the Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém, which has been in operation since 1837.
When you step into the Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém, you’ll be transported to a different era with its traditional atmosphere, wooden tables and chairs, and the mouthwatering aroma of freshly baked Pastel de Natas wafting through the air. They serve the tarts hot and fresh out of the oven, and the custard filling is so soft, creamy, and perfectly sweet. The pastry crust is flaky and buttery, and the whole pastry is dusted with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. It’s honestly like nothing you’ve ever tasted before! It has also been recommended as a top pick by travel bloggers 2 Cups of Travel, as shown here.
But that’s not all, if you want to try a different variation of Pastel de Nata, head to Pastéis de Alcântara, which offers unique twists on the traditional Pastel de Nata by filling them with different flavours such as chocolate and lemon. They also offer gluten-free and vegan options. And don’t forget about Manteigaria, a small pastry shop located in the historic centre of Lisbon, known for its delicious Pastel de Natas, which are made fresh daily. The shop has a cozy atmosphere, and the staff is so friendly and welcoming. It’s the perfect spot to grab a few tarts to go and explore the city.
Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on trying Pastel de Nata in Lisbon. It’s a treat that’s not only unique to the city, but also one that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. So be sure to add it to your must-eat list when visiting Lisbon, and prepare to fall in love with this heavenly pastry!