Best pastry shop for the best pastry in Portugal

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.

About Elan and Susan

Elan and Susan try to travel for at least one month a year, and are interested in city life, neighborhoods, local food, architecture and art. They love to linger in exotic places and get to know the place like locals.Elan and Susan have run a bed and breakfast in Cape May New Jersey for over twenty years. Susan's background is in art history. Elan's is in architecture and history . They both love to eat and Elan loves to cook. Together, they have written three books - The Secret Life of Victorian Houses about Victorian social history, Creating Authentic Period Rooms creating period interiors, and an e-book Rome Secrets, which is eleven self-guided walking tours

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