8 places to eat pastéis de nata in Lisbon

Pasteis de Nata

On vacation in Lisbon, you’ll find it hard to resist pastéis de nata, the city’s typical pastry flans. Here are our top addresses for pastéis de nata in Lisbon!

Pastel de nata( pluralpastéis de nata ) is one of Lisbon’s culinary specialties. And not the least: The Guardian newspaper included this pastry flan in its list of the 50 best things to eat in the world!

Legend has it that it was conceived in the early 19th century at the Hieronymites monastery in the Belém district. Today, it can be found all over Portugal… and even as far away as China!

There’s no shortage of places to eat pastéis de nata in Lisbon. You’ll find them in pastelarias (pastry shops), for around €1. They are often eaten warm, sprinkled with cinnamon and accompanied by a hot drink. They can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night… Here are our top addresses for pastéis de nata in Lisbon!

1. Pastéis de Belém: the first pastel de nata

The pastéis de Belém is said to be the origin of the pastel de nata: it was created in this district, in the Hieronymites monastery, in 1837. Today, the « Pastéis de Belém » pastelaria has kept its know-how secret and registered its trademark: the original pastel de Bélem can only be eaten here! As a result, the wait can be long… We therefore advise you to come in the morning, or on the day when the Hieronymites monastery – located right next door – is closed.

Address: Pastéis de Belém, Rua de Belém 84-92

2. Manteigaria: pastéis de nata made right before your eyes

Pastelaria Manteigaria makes its pastéis de nata behind the counter, right before your eyes: it’s quite a sight! You can enjoy your pastel de nata at the counter with an espresso, or buy a small supply to take away.

Address: Manteigaria, Rua do Loreto 2

Pastel de nata, manger à Lisbonne

Photo credit: Flickr – Hermann Kaser

3. Confeitaria Nacional: the benchmark for Portuguese pastries

La Confeitaria Nacional is one of Lisbon’s oldest patisseries, having opened in 1829! Proven expertise and an old-fashioned decor will take you on a lovely trip back to the Lisbon of yesteryear. Enjoy your pastel de nata on the spot, or take it away with you… And while you’re there, try some of the other cakes: Confeitaria Nacional is a benchmark in pastry-making, all categories included!

Address: Confeitaria Nacional, Praca da Figueira 18B

4. Nata Lisboa: pastéis de nata on the terrace

Located right next to the Château Saint Georges, the Nata Lisboa pastelaria offers delicious pastéis de nata, to be enjoyed in peace on the small terrace. And if you’re really hungry, Nata Lisboa also offers catering.

Address: Nata Lisboa, Rua de Sta. Cruz do Castelo, 5 a 11

5. Pastelaria Aloma: Lisbon’s best pastéis de nata

« The best pastel de nata« , reads the sign at the entrance to Aloma. And it’s not just an expression: its pastel de nata was crowned Lisbon’s best in 2012, 2013 and 2015. You don’t need any more arguments to go and bite into one!

Address: Aloma, Rua Francisco Metrass 67

Pasteis De Nata à Lisbonne

Photo credit: Pixabay – Chakarit

6. Pastelaria Alcôa: a pastry paradise

At Pastelaria Alcôa, you’re in pastry heaven. The pastéis de nata are delicious, and you’re unlikely to be able to resist the other sweet treats on display… Good to know: Alcôa offers a range of gluten-free pastries.

Address: Pastelaria Alcôa, Rua Garrett 37

7. Fabrica da nata: the Portuguese sweet break

La Fabrica da Nata is as much about the pastries as it is about the charm of the place: the walls decorated withazulejos, the blue seats, the little terrace… It all adds up to a very Portuguese feel!

Address: Fabrica da Nata, Praca dos Restauradores 62-68

8. Pastelaria Versailles: the grandiose chic of yesteryear

Looking for an atmosphere fit for royalty? Visit Pastelaria Versailles. Opened in 1922, this patisserie-café has all the grandiose chic of yesteryear… You can enjoy a pastel de nata with a good cup of coffee, or even dine in.

Address: Pastelaria Versailles, Avenida da República, 15A

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Main photo credit: Flickr – Marco Verch