Two steps from the Hyeronimite Monastery in Belém quarter, baked from an ancient and secret recipe by Catholic nuns, you can find the “Pastéis de Belém”, a Portuguese egg custard tart, served warm straight from the oven and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. The egg tarts factory, receives as many pilgrims as the world heritage site located on the other side of the road, and the locals go there often as well… by night. Tourists from all over the world gather in front of the main doors making huge cues. The old tiles and the interior “19th century factory” style sure make an impression.
Try to avoid it during rush hours and if you have the time, go there for a night coffee and a cake. Try also the other specialties: King cake, Queen Cake, English Cake, Homemade Marmelade and Jams. Sprinkled with cinnamon, they’re probably one of my guilty pleasures. I remember eating them every time my favorite football club F.C. Belenenses won (check Belenenses article).
It’s an obvious touristic place you won’t miss, and it’s crowded with both tourists and locals! Maybe because of the cinnamon aroma or just because it’s located two steps from the Hyeronimite Monastery in Belém quarter – one of Lisbon’s local landmarks. Expect huge queues from the early morning and the whole afternoon… It’s as packed as a church for a Sunday wedding.
It’s unique, famous and delicious, and this is the real factory baking the “Pastéis de Belém”, since 1837.