Sweets are always welcome, right? As you already know, Paulo and I love to try the desserts from all the places we know, especially the traditional ones from each country. We will be going to Lisbon later this year and we are already researching the best pastry shops in the city to prove what the city has to offer us.
Pastel de nata is one of the most typical sweets in Portugal. Although he is the star of most confectioneries, be sure to also try the other desserts. Do you want to know the best places to enjoy good sweets? Just read all the tips I’m going to give you now 😉
It is nothing new for anyone that the custard tarts are adored by both the Portuguese and tourists alike. The Portuguese delicacy has already won several versions, but few of them manage to be close to the original, created by the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.
In the case of Manteigaria, many people believe that the pastel de nata made by them is even better than the traditional Pastéis de Belém. Comparisons aside, the sweet from the butcher shop is usually served warm or warm. However, this does not take away the crunchiness of the dough and the consistency of the filling. It’s just delicious!
Another super traditional place in Lisbon is Confeitaria Nacional. It has existed since 1829, always conquering customers already outside because of the delicious smell of sweets and coffee. It is one of the oldest pastry shops in the city, so be sure to stop by at least one stop over there.
Their recipes are original and historical, so each sweet is prepared with great care. In addition to the custard tarts, other delicious sweets are the São Marcos cake, rice cake, Berlin ball and the delicious eclair. Espresso, which they call spout, is also one of the strengths of Confeitaria Nacional.
With two units around the city, Confeitaria Lisboa has as its “motto” to make customers mouth watering. They do a little bit of everything, scones, cakes, pies and eclair. The most traditional unit is located on Avenida de Roma, but the second unit, on Avenida João XXI is also great. The local snacks also deserve to be tried, especially the bread rolls and the typical Alentejo bread.
The éclair, although not a typical Portuguese sweet, is one of the most common desserts in bakeries and pastry shops in Lisbon. Eclair is known to us as candy bombs, the ones that are usually chocolate or dulce de leche, you know? If you want to taste the sweetness of a specialized place, just stop by L’Éclair.
The owners of the place, Matthieu Croiger and João Henriques, are Parisians and Portuguese descendants. The two decided to bet on selling the candy in Portugal and the business became a success. In addition to the more traditional fillings, cream and chocolate, they offer very different flavors. Among them are red fruit, yogurt with kiwi and homemade granola, and even salted caramel!
Pastelaria Benard has existed since 1868, but its current location was opened in 1902. Just by that information, you can already imagine how traditional this space is, right? The cakes, strawberry tartlets, eclairs and several other sweets are highly praised. It’s that kind of candy that leaves you with a warm heart.
In addition to the confectionery section, they are very popular for those looking for a good place to eat traditional pastries, such as croissants and meat puffs. The variety of teas in the house is also very large – it is worth trying at least one of them for those who like this type of drink.
Marquês de Pombal Confectionery
Although the restaurant at Confeitaria Marquês de Pombal is not highly praised, the cafeteria and confectionery part itself is great. They usually have a wide variety of traditional Portuguese sweets, so be sure to add it to your itinerary. The king cake and beer pastries are some of the most sold, but be sure to also try some other sweets that they are selling on the day 🙂
Pastéis de Belém
I couldn’t stop talking about the classic Pastéis de Belém, right? I already spoke briefly about this place to you in the general post of Lisbon, as it is one of the most popular places for tourists. The jam was created by people from the Jerónimos Monastery as a gain for maintaining the site.
The repercussion of the belém pastels was so great that even today the store uses the original recipe, in addition to the countless versions sold around Portugal. Some people prefer the Manteigaria pastries, but be sure to also try the dessert at your place of origin!
These were the most recommended confectioneries I found in Lisbon. If you know places even more local and with incredible desserts, don’t forget to comment here. I love receiving your tips 😉