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The famous custards

Antiga Confeitaria de Belém

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Why locals love it

I believe that is almost impossible to be Portuguese and not like eating cakes, with so many offers that we can find. The famous Portuguese custard tarts are probably the oldest ones and this place has the original ones, made according a secret recipe.

Why you should visit it

Yes, it’s a very much known place and yes, there is a considerable queue to buy the custards; but is mandatory to taste these historical tarts that exist since 1837, when this confectionery was founded. You must have two, at least, they will arrive warm and they are delicious.

Special tip

It can be faster if you enter and try to find a seat in one of the nice tiled rooms inside. Don’t forget to sprinkle with cinnamon and icing sugar.

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Don't wait in line because you'll wait for at least 20-40 minutes and sit in the sitting area in the back of the cafe for quicker service.
June 20, 2019
Big lines all the time, but so worth it, better than any pastel de nata, pastel de belém is 10 times better!
April 7, 2019
It is the famous pastry in Lisbon, this is the original and some would say the Best. It can be tricky to get through the line but the taste is worth it. They also have some great wine and other types of food
March 9, 2019
If you ever heard about the famous Pastel de Belem, this is the place that invented it! All the others are just custard tarts. Tip: if you're interested in eating in, do not wait in the line in front of the shop. That's for take away. For eating in customers go inside :)
September 4, 2018
Traditional, don't forget that pastel de Belém and pastel de nata are two different cakes
August 18, 2017

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