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.
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.