Seven best pastry shops in Lisbon

Best pastry shops in Lisbon

Portugal has some of the best pastries in the world. We present you our selection of the seven best pastry shops in Lisbon. A “East meets West” combination of European and overseas products and seasonings that gave birth to some of the most delicious, decadent and pretty bits of indulgence.

We must thank the sailors of the Age of Discoveries that brought back sugar, seasonings and spices from the New World. And we also have to thank the monks and nuns that add them to more common goods to create a universe of delights named “Doçaria Conventual”, or “Sweets from the Convents”. The famous “Pastel de Nata” is the best-known example, but there are so much more things to try.

Eggs, cream, flour and, of course, sugar, is the base combination, but along the centuries lots of other items were added: dried fruits, fresh fruits, nuts, cinnamon and even uncommon ingredients for desserts such as rice, chili powder, saffron, olive oil, beans, pumpkin, tomato, chickpeas and even lard. Sounds strange? It is delicious!

You can find amazing cakes, pies, biscuits, cookies, puddings all over the country, but if you want to start in Lisbon, these are our top seven pastry shops in the city. Enjoy!

CONFEITARIA NACIONAL

Opened in 1829, it is one of the most traditional in Lisbon. It offers a wide selection, but it is mostly known for the “pastel de nata” and “bolo-rei”, or “king’s cake”. This is a holiday’s specialty that combines sweet dough with nuts and crystallized fruits to create a ring that resembles the crowns of the three wisemen that visited Baby Jesus when he was born. You can order at the counter or go up the stairs, choose a table in the tearoom and pretend that you have travelled back to the XIX century.

Praça da Figueira, 18B

1100-241 Lisboa

Site: https://confeitarianacional.com/

ALCÔA

The original shop, from 1957, is in Alcobaça, a small town 110 km (70 miles) north of Lisbon and one of Portugal’s pastry capitals. In the beginning of 2017, they decided to expand and opened a new place in Lisbon’s central district of Chiado. Experts in “Doçaria Conventual”, they present an amazing, tasty and beautiful selection, with names and flavors to die for: cornucópias (cornucopies), castanhas de ovos (egg chestunts), delícias de amêndoa (almond delights), manjar dos deuses (food of the gods), fradinhos (little friars), ovos do paraíso (paradise eggs) or pudim de S. Bernardo (Saint Bernard’s pudding). Sounds heavenly!

Rua Garrett, 37

1200-203 Lisboa

Site: https://www.pastelaria-alcoa.com/

MANTEIGARIA

Even before going inside, the sugary, creamy and spicy odors give it away. This is a Mecca for “pastel de nata” lovers and the little tarts that come out of the ovens at all times are considered some of the best in Portugal. The name is borrowed from the “butter factory” that used to operate in the same address and today it is a beacon for all that want to indulge in the most known Portuguese pastry, that goes so well with a cup of coffee. And pay attention to the bell that rings every half an hour: there is a fresh batch to enjoy!

Rua do Loreto, 2

1200-108 Lisboa

Site: https://www.facebook.com/manteigaria.oficial/

VERSAILLES

In the “Roaring Twenties”, this was the place to see and be seen for the city’s elite. Opened in 1922, the Art Noveau architectural features are a glimpse to a world of beauty and sophistication, that begins in the atmosphere and ends at the counters, filled with some of the most delicate and beautiful pastries. Still today, this shop named after the most famous French palace, is a good choice if you want to indulge yourself or impress someone. All that it takes is the amazing art and gold carvings that fill the room. And do not leave without trying the chocolate cake!

Av. da República, 15 A

1050-185 Lisboa

Site: https://grupoversailles.pt/

PASTELARIA RESTELO – CARECA

This shop is a short walk from some of Lisbon’s more emblematic monuments: The Tower of Belém and the Jerónimos Monastery. The official name is less known that the popular one. That is why when asking for directions, you name “O Careca” (The Bald One) and hope that the best buttery and flaky croissants in the city have not run out when you arrive. Small bits of pastry perfection, inspired by the French counterparts but a lot more sugary and satisfying. This place, opened in 1954, is also known for the “palmiers”, little pieces of puff pastry covered in egg custard and sugar.

Rua Duarte Pacheco Pereira, 11D

1400-139 Lisboa

Site: https://pastelariaocareca.pt/

ALOMA

When it opened, on Christmas Eve 1943, this pastry shop defied the odds. The world was at war and the rationing made it very difficult to find the ingredients needed for the desserts and cakes. But not only the place survived WWII, it thrived in the following decades, mainly due to delicacies like the tarteletes de amêndoa (almond tartlets), russos (russians), pães de Deus (God’s bread), jesuítas (jesuits) or bolas de berlim (berliners doughnuts). More recently, they have won the title of the Best Pastéis de Nata in 2012, 2013 e 2015.

Rua Francisco Metrass, 67

1350-139 Lisboa

Site: https://www.aloma.pt/

PASTÉIS DE BELÉM

The place where, it seems, it all started. In 1834, all the convents and monasteries in Portugal were shut down by the government. It is said that, to survive, someone – a monk? a servant? – from the neighboring Jerónimos began selling small custard tarts and eventually sold the secret recipe to the founders of the pastry shop that opened in 1837. Truth or legend, the Pastéis de Belém were born and soon they evolved into a very similar pastry, known all around the world as Pastel de Nata. They are not the same, so you must try them both and decide what is you favorite. But that is not a hard sacrifice, is it?

Rua de Belém, 84-92 

1300-085 Lisboa

Site: https://pasteisdebelem.pt/

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