This Blog is all about the world famous Pastéis de Nata in Lisbon!
Portugal is a country that colonized Brazil a long time ago. Yet, still today we Brazilians feel a great deal of influence on our culture. I speak from experience since I grew up with this Portuguese culture in a suburb of São Paulo.
Food gets people talking, dancing and celebrating. In Brazil we have tons of bakeries called ''Padarias''. These Portuguese bakeries are quite different from the French and English style. Mainly because you'll find everything from bread, sweet and salty pastries.
When visiting Lisbon for the first time back in October - 2019, we decided to try all kind of foods. Some that we already knew, from growing up in Brazil as well as new dishes. We also asked suggestions from locals on Instagram and directly in Lisbon streets. Since they are really friendly and proud of their culinary culture.
And of course, one of the main pastries we "HAD TO" eat when in Lisbon - Portugal, was the world famous "Pastéis de Nata". In simple terms, it's a Portuguese egg tart pastry dusted with cinnamon. Also to make things clear, "Pastéis de Nata" are different from "Pastéis de Belém". Although they look like the same, it's not the same recipe.
We ate lots of those "Pastéis" during our 2 weeks in Portugal. For this reason, we wanted to highlight our 4 TOP places to try Pastéis de Nata in Lisbon - Portugal:
The first 3, are suggestions from our experience and own taste.
The "Fourth" suggestion comes from one of our followers on Instagram @customtoursportugal. after posting some pictures from Portugal, we decided to post in our blog !
Hope you enjoy our tips! Also, feel free to leave a comment on your tasting experience, or if you have another suggestion for a next opportunity to visit Lisbon!
1. Manteigaria - Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata
Our first suggestion is the "Manteigaria - Fábrica". It was the first one we tasted in Lisbon.
Where to find
Located on Rua do Loreto 2, 1200-108, in the famous Bairro Chiado Alto of Lisbon - Portugal. It's just next to Chiado metro station in case you plan to navigate Lisbon by metro. Their small café offers fresh "Pastéis de Nata" and other pastries. Their pastéis have a creamy interior and has a crispy crunchy exterior. They will have you coming back for more !!
You can have it at the bar, while chatting with people in line, or you can take it to go. They also have various size containers to take home.
The prices were unbelievable cheap, in October/2019 it was 1 euro per piece or if you bought a box of 6, it was cheaper per unit.
This establishment makes a really good Natas, since that's their main product. But it's hard to say after eating 10 different ones!
They also offer cafe and "Porto" wine for those want to try it over there.
2. Aloma - Since 1943
The second suggestion is the "Aloma" pastries and ironically our second Pastéis de Nata from our first day in Lisbon. It's on the same street as the Manteigaria, precisely at Largo Calhariz 3, 1200-050 Lisboa, Portugal. It's 2 minutes walking distance from the Manteigaria. This just goes to show how Lisbon is heavily populated with these famous tarts !
We really liked it, and felt the cream inside was almost more delicious than the one at Manteigaria. However it was not as crispy.
If you are in the Bairro Chiado (district), we totally recommend that you to stop by and eat one, or two or three ;). Aloma also have many other pastries to choose from and a nicer place to sit and enjoy your tart !
3. A Pousadinha
This is our third suggestion, not because it was inferior to Aloma, but because we cannot put both "Second"! This one is located on Rua S. Paulo, 188 - Lisbon, Portugal. It was also our last Pastéis in Lisbon. It came in third because it was fresh and delicious.
The place also have many other Portuguese pastries, which makes it difficult to choose.
4. Pastelaria Santo Antonio
The fourth and last spot is Pastelaria Santo Antonio. As we mentioned earlier, it's not "Our" suggestion because we didn't have a chance to visit. According one of our Instagram followers @customtoursportugal, it was mentioned that the Pastelaria Santo Antonio was considered "The best Lisbon's custard in 2019"!
So, next time WE have the opportunity to visit Lisbon, we will definitely visit for a coffee and a delicious Pastéis de Nata!
The Pastelaria Santo Antonio is located at R. Milagre de Santo António N.10, Lisbon, Portugal. When plan to visit Portugal, you can check the @customtourportugal Instagram page for inspiration!
Thanks for reading
Thanks for looking into our Pasteis de Nata review from Lisbon. Feel free to check other blogs from our Lisbon experience:
- Day trip from Lisbon to Belém (with Pastéis de Belém!)
- Our Vlog experience of the Pastéis de Belém
- Best tips on getting around Lisbon city
- Highlights on the Lisbon Transit Pass