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Pasteis de Belém

By Ana Torres |

Pastéis de Belém are a guilty pleasure for your sweet tooth that will invite you to travel.


A foodie travels for the pleasure of trying new foods. His passion is discovering new dishes. It doesn’t matter if he visits luxurious restaurants or typical local food stands, gastronomical pleasures are worth flying all around the world.

DINKtravelers has journeyed across Asia, Europe and America in search of exotic dishes that other travelers recommend and; without doubt, our favorite recipes include desserts, the silver lining of every great meal. Lately, it was Lisbon the city that offered us one of the best cream pastries we’ve every tried; we refer to the famous Pastéis de Belém.


This traditional dessert possesses a historic origin that dates back to 1837. They say that the original recipe of this delicacy is owed to Hieronymite monks whose monastery was built right next to the bakery shop that nowadays bakes and sells the best Pastéis de Belém.

Legend tells that it was those monks who started selling them in order to pay for their home’s basic services and needs. Since then, Belém gained national recognition thanks to its pastéis. Due to this bakery’s success, others have tried to copy the recipe for this dessert, but no matter how many cream pastries you try in Portugal, if they’re not prepared following the original convent’s recipe, they won’t taste the same!


After visiting Belém, where you’ll find touristic attractions such as the Berardo Museum and the Belém Tower, head to Rua de Belem No 84. The bakery shop opens daily from 8:00 to 23:00.

Consider that if you wish to eat the pastries on site, you’ll have to wait awhile to be seated or you’ll have to make a reservation online or by phone at least two days in advance. Yet, you can also order takeaway and enjoy the pastéis as you enjoy a promenade along the coast.

Each pastry costs 1,50 euros.


The best way to eat them is paired with a good cup of black coffee with no sugar added because pastéis are quite sweet and can be seasoned with cinnamon and powdered sugar, two ingredients that you’ll receive in separate small packets. This way the pastry’s taste will infuse your palate without any other sweetened good interfering with it.


If you want to share the charm these pastries possess with someone else, you can buy them as souvenirs. Their method of preparation guarantees that you’ll have fresh pastéis for at least 48 hours. You can buy them in boxes of 6 to 10 pieces and you’ll love the presentation because each box is decorated with blue tile designs that are so distinctive of Portugal.