Rua de Belém, 84, Belém, Portugal, Lisbon

Nestled amidst hundreds of years of Portuguese history in the Belem neighborhood is the Belem Bar Café, also called the Pastéis de Belém. The Belém area is a mix of the old and new with numerous historical attractions, monuments, modern shops and museum all along the riverfront making it definitely one of the places to see in Lisbon, plus the famous sweet pastry.


As the name indicates, it is famous across Portugal and the world for one thing, the sweet pastry they make called Pasteis de Belem. This delicacy is internationally known as portuguese custard tarts or in portuguese “pasteis de nata”. It is available across bakeries and cafes in Lisbon, but Pastéis de Belém is the only one with the original recipe. This is why we bring you here and this is why returning home from your Lisbon holiday without having tasted this authentic Portuguese delicacy should not be an option. Get walking in the direction of Belém neighborhood and complete your Lisbon experience through it’s unique national delicacy.


Anyone you speak to in Lisbon will tell you that this is one famous delicacy not to be missed. This is apparently the first place to sell the pastry and only steps away is the Jeronimos Monastery, now a UNESCO World heritage site, where the recipe was created by two Catholic nuns. They say that the pastry here is the best in Lisbon with the recipe dating back to 1837, no wonder it is kept quite a secret among the family members. The actual cafe was first built to bring profits from the sale of the famous pastry in order to support the monastery. It’s popularity has spread rather quickly and is given the long lines you’ll notice outside the shop, it has not seized to this day.