O Careca Lisbon

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O Careca – A church of sin, a hell of sugar

I was there once again with some friends, just to enjoy a perfect Sunday late afternoon snack, after spending the day at Belém. The place was almost closed when we entered, we were served anyway!

There are several places in Lisbon with good croissants, but these ones are something else… “Croissant do Careca”, meaning “Baldman’s Croissant” – famous among locals – opened in 1954 and since those days is known for having the best croissants in Lisbon. Always packed inside and after lunch the odds of getting a table are even worse – cues are beyond your imagination. Blame it on the delicious and strangely addictive croissants with sugar on top. The magic potion, hangover-cure and sugar bomb is a must try snack in this side of town.

Pastelaria do Restelo aka “Café do Careca” serves the unbelievable ultra-caloric croissant all day long from dusk till dawn. Outside, during summer days, the place becomes crowded with locals reading the newspaper or just enjoying the best croissants they’ve ever tasted.

Inside the cozy but always noisy place, the smell of fresh cakes and coffee will shake your world. It’s sugar time baby! Try them with a glass of cold milk 😉

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Details about this spot



Rua Duarte Pacheco Pereira 11 D , Lisbon

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Opening Times

Wed - Mon 08:00 - 22:00


Croissant: € 1.20

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)