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Pasteis de Nata – the best pastry in Portugal

The Portuguese are not picky eaters. They are hearty trenchermen. They also don’t avoid sweets. But the best pastry in Portugal is unquestionably the Pastel de Nata.  Pasteis de Nata are little cream tarts in a flaky pastry crust.

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The line at the Antiga Confeiteria de Belem

They are rich and wonderful and avoid the too-eggy and too-heavy affliction which affects many Portuguese pastries that originated in nunneries.best pastry

The original purveyor of these morsels of deliciousness is the Antiga Confeiteria de Belem. It is an 18th century bakery that still churns out the pasteis for lines of ravenous customers snaking down the block. Belem is one of our favorite neighborhoods in Lisbon, and we’ll post about its other attractions later, but first things first.