Antiga Confeitaria de Belem
Pasteis de Nata, deliciously soft, sweet, custard tarts, are a cult in Lisbon. And one place is the undisputed master of making them. In Belem, just off the waterfront, is the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem - a blue and white-tiled temple to eggs, cream sugar and pastry. Their 170-year-old recipe is of course, a guarded secret, divulged to only three chefs at any one time. The result is delicious - perfectly browned, with individualism catered for with sachets of icing sugar and cinnamon. Turning out 16,000 tarts a day, and every one hand-made, this is worth a trip to Portugal alone.

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The first thing you will see of this place right when you arrive in front of is a crowd and a big line coming out of the building. But there are more than a thousand reasons why to get that line and wait. The first one is that the staff is pretty fast, educated and helpful to get your order and bring it. The second is that this building has around 400 seats available to receive clients, so you can decide to get some delicacies to-go or eat it right inside. The third reason (and probably the most important of all) is that you will not forget how delicious and how tasteful its delicacies are, since the sweets until the sandwiches and salty products. Obviously, the “Pastel de Belém” is extremely delicious and has a crunchy butter pastry (somewhat hard to find in other places) and comes to you table very hot, what makes the great difference. It is a delicacy so good that you will want to take more back home or back to your hotel. A good tip (if I may) is to taste it with cinnamon or sugar on the top.

We noticed this place when passing on the bus and seeing the crowds/queues in the takeaway line. Once we saw the satisfied customers walking away, we quickly jumped into the queue and it didn't disappoint. Just like the other reviews state, the line goes down quickly as the staff work quickly and efficiently. The custard tart was the best I'd tasted while in Portugal and the cinnamon twirl was a good size and tasty. They also give you little sachets of powdered cinnamon and sugar to compliment your delicacies if desired!

Don't be afraid of the queue - the team is super quick, you will be surprised. If the pastels de nata are still fresh warm (ask!) eat them WARM! Taste is much more creamy. And add cinnamon or the sugar frosting.. WARM! Give also a chance to the salty pastries. Very generously stuffed, full of flavor, perfect as quick "on the way" snack. Spinach&meat option is recommended!

The pastel is delicious. No doubt. Yet the staff is not helpful or polite. We asked to change the table for it was close to the door, it was cols and we were wet from the rain. They wouldn't want to close the door or to let us change the table. Even if we insisted, we 've been told: "Sorry. Not possible. If you want I can take your order, if not.. (and he made a 😕 facial expression) "

You get what you expect: perfect pastries. They are delicious. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Tourists (as well as locals) are all around. There is a take away-queue; the queue for table service may be significantly shorter (but still allows you to ask for supplemental take away pastries).

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