Pastéis de Belém and Lisbon Love

September 4, 2012

When in Lisbon on our honeymoon, I discovered something rather delicious. Something delicate and dreamy. A beautiful bite. Well, I’ll tell you the truth…I didn’t truly discover it. Monks did. Or rather, they created these bites. And then the world discovered them.

So I may be a little late to the party, but this does not make my discovery any less significant. Or less delicious.

The delicate beauties I speek of are Pastéis de Belém, otherwise known as Pastéis de Nata, otherwise known as Portuguese tarts. I was not familiar with these lovelies prior to visiting Lisbon. Oh yes, I had eaten a few dan tats at yum cha in my time, but they’re not the same. Dan Tats are, in my opinion, rather disgusting. Moving on…

There really is only one place to taste Portuguese tarts in Lisbon, and that is the famed Pastéis de Belém. This shop has been making and selling their heavenly tarts since 1837, and the recipe remains unchanged. Why mess with historic perfection?

The base of these tarts are insanely crisp…

…with deliriously flaky pastry layers encasing a light, sweet custard puddle. They were, without a doubt, one of the most delicious, most glorious, favoured bites I have ever eaten. Ben agreed. And then promptly ate three.

Next door to is a stunning Monastery, which we explored before losing ourselves in the city for the rest of the day.

A little Lisbon love for you right now…


Oh, and cocktails seem to cost only a few euro in Lisbon. Yes, please. Until next time… I’m off to mix myself a drink and reminisce about those tarts.

Those. Tarts.

Heidi xo

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  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 4, 2012 at 8:22 am

    gorgeous photos – as always!!!

  • Hannah September 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Oh my gosh, the place I told you about before, where we would get Piri Piri chicken? We'd always end the night with crisp warm Portuguese Tarts… but these look SO MUCH MORE AMAZING.

  • xoCATox September 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Oh YUM. A lady at my work brings in the most authentic Portuguese tarts whenever we have a morning tea. The pastry is always flaky and crispy, but the custard is a smooth as can be! Just the thought of it is making me drool right now. I can only imagine how delish these must have been!

  • Hannah September 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Amazing! I love portugese tarts- the creamy custard is the best!! xx

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments September 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Aww I want a Portuguese tart now! Anything with custard appeals but silky custard and flaky pastry may just be my biggest weakness.

  • Anonymous September 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Try the Portuguese tarts from Casa Iberica on Johnston St – probably not as good as those in Lisbon but absolutely delish nonetheless!

  • Not Quite Nigella September 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Portuguese tarts are such a favourite in this household! They're the only sweet that my dad will willingly eat too 😛

  • Kari September 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    We'll be in Lisbon in about 10 days time! 😀

  • Heidi September 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Lisa – aw thanks 🙂


    Cat – lucky you!

    Hannah – delicious 🙂

    Lisa – usually it's not mine but my goodness these were heavenly!

    Anonymous – SO doing that, thank you!!

    Lorraine – really?! Strange man 😛

    Kari – so exciting!! You surely must go here.

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef September 4, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Mmmmmm, custard puddle! The photos look pretty delicious too Heidi 🙂

  • Anonymous September 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Great blog and love the photos! I just posted it on my blog focused on "all things Lisbon" at

  • Girl on Raw September 5, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Oh this post reminds me of Pat and my first ever holiday together. We ended up
    In Portugal right after a mad week of clubbing in Ibiza. Funnily enough we've both recently been talking about a return trip there. Oh and yes those tarts and that Pasteis. We loved eating out in Portugal. Loved that you were always given appetizers as soon as you sat down. Did you make it to Sintra ? Such a magical place.

  • Miss Kimbers September 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    The tarts!!! Ahhhh! I want one:) Wow, they look so good.

  • leaf (the indolent cook) September 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I scrolled through the rest of the photos still thinking about them awesome looking tarts. Do want!!

  • Iron Chef Shellie September 8, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Those tarts look incredible! How cool you can get Lonely Planet on your phone!

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