Hundreds of pastelarias dot the streets of Lisbon, and locals stop in at all hours to sample the delicious pastries. However, it was at the Pastéis de Belém in the early 19th century that monks first began to make their livelihood by selling small pastry flans of the same name). The recipe, a jealously guarded secret, has been passed from master baker to master baker for generations. To eat properly, sprinkle your still-warm-from-the-oven flan with a little cinnamon and icing sugar. To avoid long queues, do not visit during peak hours (between noon and 4 p.m.). When you arrive, feel free to come straight in: just find a table, sit down, and a waiter will take your order. Bom apetite!
Last but not least, it is worth noting that this is the only place that makes true pastéis de Belém. Elsewhere, you will find pastéis de nata: these are not the same as the pastries that this family-run bakery has been making for almost two whole centuries.
Pastéis de Belém
Rua de Belém 84-92
+351 21 363 7423
Menu: from 1.10 EUR