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Review of Pasteis de Belem

Pasteis de Belem
Ranked #4 of 53 Bakeries in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Cafe
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Buffet, Delivery, Takeout
Reviewed May 8, 2013

One thing: You queue for ages to get in to this bakery and when you finally grace the threshold there's the potential to lose your place in the queue due to poor signage. Essentially the signs should say 'order and pay here' and 'collect with ticket here', but they don't. We went to the collection bit to order as did some others and nearly struggled to insert ourselves back into the megaqueue. This must happen all the time and the order pickers must be forever advising people about how it works when a decent sign would suffice.

Also it is hard to tell the cash-register person what you want as the bakery sells more than just custard tarts and the other things are all far away.

But the tarts are very nice and I have no idea how they make the pastry so nice.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

When you go to Lisbon, one of the must dos is visiting the Belem area with its lovely monastery, the Discoveries Monument and the Museum of Coaches. But another must do in the Belem area is eating custard tarts in Cafe Pasteis De Belem. There was a bit of a crowd at the take out counters in front so we decided to step in and rest our legs in the restaurant rooms behind. ( There are many rooms all interconnected) It was a delightful little break in a day crammed with sightseeing.
We had the the most dellicious custard tarts and chamusas ( fried pastry puffs filled with savoury chicken), sinfully rich hot chocolate and coffee. The food was great as was the service which was prompt and helpful.The waiter explained what each item on the menu was and helped us in our selection . The prices were also very reasonable. All in all, a happy experience!

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Being of Portuguese descent and having eaten these custard tarts many times before, I was exceptionally excited to try the REAL ones upon arriving in Lisbon. Casa Pasteis De Belem is known for being the only shop in the world with this specific recipe, which has led to its reputation as the ultimate destination for Portuguese tart lovers. I can happily say that I was not disappointed. They were served warm — a treat, as these tarts are usually purchased at room temperature in most shops — and the staff were friendly and accommodating. The outer crust was flaky and crisp, while the inner portion was smooth and thick. Perfection. My friend, who has never tried this delicacy before, was instantly hooked.

With many rooms and seating tables, the shop is very large. Despite the amount of people that were there, the wait was not long at all, even though we sat in. Not only are the tarts mouth-watering, but the beautiful Portuguese culture is evoked through the atmosphere of the shop and the renowned blue, ceramic Portuguese tiles along the walls.

A definite must if you love food and culture!

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1  Thank Deanna M
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

A must-go-to destination on your visit to Belem in Lisbon! On our Celebrity Cruises day in port, we booked a private tour with Filipe of Different Portugal Tours, who took us here in the afternoon. He found us a table in one of the many labyrinthine rooms (hard to do! as this place is so rightfully popular!) and did all of the ordering for us. I love the historic backstory, read it on their website before you go so that you will know in advance the story about the monks coming up with the recipe to save their monastery, etc. The egg tarts are creamy, hot, the crust is flaky, and when you shake on the cinnamon and powdered sugar - indescribable! Go and enjoy!

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

These pastries are cheap, delicious and worth the trip to Belem. They are worth the crazy line and you cannot find these anywhere else in the world! You can try them in other parts of the city (and I did) but they will not be as good. Get the package of 6, you will regret it if you don't!

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