Without a doubt, you will stuff yourself with the best pastries in Portugal. There are cafes everywhere. You get to choose from a nice pastel de nata with coffee to a full meal with beer. Here are the top 5 best pastries places that you cannot miss in Portugal!
Eat Pastel de Nata in Pastéis de Belem
First and foremost, it is called “Portuguese Egg Tart” for a reason. These glorious and delicious little devil snacks are delicious beyond words. Sink your teeth into the crispy dry crust, only for your tongue to be delightfully teased with the soft and warm egg custard, sprinkled with aromatic cinnamon and icing sugar on top.
Since you’ve gotten your ass all the way to Portugal, you might as well have the best egg tarts! Pastéis de Belem has been baking the original Portuguese egg tarts since 1837, from the secret recipe of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. The daily hand made pastries are one of the must go places in Belem!
As you can imagine, the queue there is really long. But fret not, they move fast. Queue there, while thinking of what you would like to order. You can choose to take away and enjoy it in the Garden of Belem (Jardin de Belém), just opposite the café. Alternatively, have it in the café and pair it with other snacks and drinks.
I have to warn you that it is not easy to find a table.
Name of Café: Pastéis de Belem
Getting There: From the station Estação Sta. Apolónia, take bus 728, heading towards Descobertas. Alight at Belém-Jerónimos and walk to the café.
Address: Rua de Belém nº 84 a 92, 1300 – 085 Lisboa Portugal
Contact: +351 21 363 7423
Operating Hours: 08:00-23:00 daily
Enjoy Pastel de Nata in Lisbon
Belem is great, but you are going to spend more time in Lisbon, the capital, than Belem. So, where do you get your Portuguese egg tart fix? You can get it at Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata!
Angie dragged us to this place, AFTER eating a huge meal for lunch. You know what they say: dessert has a different stomach. The egg tarts are so delicious. They are also tiny, which is great for a nice little snack during the hot summer day.
Usually, when you buy egg tarts around the world, you simply pop them in your mouth. But in Portugal, you sprinkle some cinnamon powder and icing sugar on it, to enhance its taste. And my was it great.
The place is really small, so people usually buy 1 egg tart, eat it and leave. That was also what I did. The turnover rate is so high, and you can always get freshly baked egg tarts. Ps: the waiter/cashier is cute.
Name of Café: Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata
Getting There: From Luis Camões (tram station), walk along Rue do Loreto. Or walk from Chiado metro station.
Address: Rua do Loreto 2, 1200-108 Lisboa
Contact: +351 21 347 1492
Operating Hours: daily, from 08:00-00:00
Éclair in Porto
I definitely have to share about this heavenly éclair. I am not a huge fan of éclair because the éclair that I have eaten thus far in my life, is just average. Too much cream that spoils the taste, éclair being too soggy, the cream has an inconsistent texture. It is just horrible. Then, I visited Porto.
Vasco brought me to Leitaria da Quinta do Paco, while we waited for Fred to arrive before going to the party. He said that they were the best in éclairs in town. If you tempt me this way, I have to try it.
Leitaria da Quinta do Paco started in 1920. They have an amazing selection of éclairs to choose from, from the basic O Doce Do Porto to super fancy ones like Sazonais Gourmet. We had the passion fruit éclair (maracujá) and crunchy hazelnut (crocante), which I STRONGLY recommend.
The passion fruit éclair was simply so refreshing. I can’t imagine passion fruit with cream and pastry, but the combination was perfect. The tangy, sweet and refreshing fresh passion fruit paired perfectly well with the light cream in the éclair. Especially for summer, it was perfect.
Then we have the hazelnut. I am a huge fan of chocolate. Like a really huge fan. And hazelnut was just beyond delightful. Each bite comes with a sweet and rich yet crunchy chocolate spread, followed by soft puff and light tasty cream. It was gooooood.
Name of Café: Leitaria da Quinta do Paco
Getting There: Walk from Aliados metro station, towards Porto University or Fonte dos Leões.
Address: (main store) Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 47/51, 4050 -293 Porto
Contact: +351 222 084 696
Operating Hours: Daily, 09:00-20:00
Pork Buns in Porto
Technically, this is not a pastry snack, but it is TOO GOOD to not recommend it. Also, pork buns are buns, and bun is a pastry.
Alright, before I start, this is a place you MUST go to when you are in Porto. Or Portugal, for that matter. This is simply so cheap, so traditional and really good! Go there before they start to commercialize this local traditional food and franchise the outlet all over Portugal.
Case Guedes is so traditional and good, that I felt like I am really in my grandmother’s house! The thick juicy succulent pork roll slices cut from the leg of a ham, sandwiched between a crusty bun, dipped into the warm meat sauce and served with a slab of Porto’s sheep cheese. All I can say is that God is real and he is looking out for our taste buds.
This place is a tiny little restaurant, at the corner of the street. It is always packed because it is simply so cheap and good. We finally found a table (very rare) and ordered our food. Try it with beer or sangria. The cheese is really strong, but I loved it so much. It is as traditional as it can definitely get.
What I would recommend, which I did not do, is to take one for the road when you leave Porto. My plane is early in the morning so they have yet to open their shop. I will definitely be back soon.
Name of Café: Casa Guedes
Getting There: From São Bento metro station, walk towards Jardim de S. Lázaro. It is located just off the corner of Passeio de São Lázaro. Alternatively, you can drive there and the parking space is just 2min away.
Address: Praca dos Poveiros, Porto, Portugal
Contact: +351 22 200 2874
Operating Hours: Daily, 08:30-22:00
Best in Sintra: Queijadas
What is queijadas? If I have never been to Portugal, I would not have known. In fact, maybe if I have not hitchhiked, I would not have heard about this delicious snack too! We hitchhiked from Sintra’s beach to the train station because it was not possible to call for a cab, nor was it possible to walk. Thankfully, 2 ladies picked us up. We started talking and she shared about how Sintra is a beautiful place growing up, and also recommended us to try queijadas.
Find out how to reach Sintra and what to do there.
Queijadas de Sintra is one of the most traditional Portuguese pastries. It is also one of the signature “must eat” in Sintra, Portugal. They are a type of cheesecake tart, with a sweet and fluffy crust.
It is easy to find great queijadas in Sintra. In fact, they are so great that people come all the way to Sintra to buy boxes home. However, one of the best places, as recommended by locals, is Fabrica das Verdadeiras Queijadas da Sapa.
The people are friends and you get a great view. A tiny cosy little café, you feel so warm and home-y inside. The qusijadas are also delicious and you will keep going back for more! The place is simply adorable, like going to your grandma’s house to eat her homemade snacks.
Name of Café: Fabrica das Verdadeiras Queijadas da Sapa
Getting There: from Sintra station, walk 4min to the café. Ask people if you are unsure. If you are on Rue Dr. Alfredo da Costa, you are always halfway there!
Address: Volta do Duche 12, Sintra 2710-631, Portugal
Contact: +351 21 923 0493
Operating Hours: Daily, from 09:00-18:30
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