Pasteis de Belem

Pasteis de Belem, Lisbon

Pasteis de Belem could well be Lisbon's most famous cafe. Located in Belem close to the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, the Maritime MuseumBelem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries, the Pasteis de Belem has been in business since 1837.

Things can get pretty busy especially during the summer holiday period in August as these queues outside the cafe testify.

Pasteis de Belem, Lisbon.
Pasteis de Belem


Pasteis de Belem is known for its signature pastel de nata (pastel de Belem) egg tarts. Though unconfirmed, it is thought the pastel de nata was invented by monks at the nearby Jerónimos Monastery. Other delicacies include Bolo Ingles, Bolo Rainha, Salgados and Sortido.

The Pasteis de Belem lives up to its reputation for excellence and is a must-visit on your trip to Lisbon. The cafe's interior is tiled with beautiful blue and white azulejos.

Supposedly only three staff members know the secret recipe for making the pastel de nata. Up to 40,000 of them are baked each day in peak periods.

Pastel de nata egg tart.
Pastel de nata

Access - Getting There

Pasteis de Belem
Rua Belém 84-92
1300-085 Lisbon
Tel: 21 363 7423
Hours: October 1-June 30 8 am-11 pm; July 1-September 30 8 am-12 midnight

The cafe is a short walk from Belem Station and Jardim Afonso Albuquerque.

Another historic cafe in Lisbon is A Brasileira in the Baixa district.

Pasteis de Belem, Lisboa.
People queue outside the shop

Pastel de nata
Pastel de nata


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