I visited Antiga Confeitaria de Belem on both of my visits to Belem in March and December 2011.
It's fair to say that this pastry shop/cafe, dating back as far as 1837, is something of an institution. You only have to look at the length of the queues at the entrance to see that!
Most of those in the lengthy queue are there to sample their famous Pasteis de Belem – delicious little custard tarts that are still produced using a secret recipe from the 1830s.
My first visit was on a sunny afternoon in March 2011. My second visit was on a cool evening in December 2011. On both occasions, I had to queue just to get inside the shop. On both occasions, I wandered through the vast interior (with seating for hundreds of guests), but failed to find a vacant table. On both occasions, I took my little custard tarts away in a paper bag and enjoyed them on a bench in Jardim de Belem, a park located opposite the shop.
At the time of my last visit, the Pasteis de Belem cost €0.90 each, were served slightly warm and came with sachets of cinnamon and icing sugar to sprinkle on top as desired.
They were nice. I really enjoyed them, and could easily have eaten more than the two that I purchased on each occasion. The pastry was thin and crispy and the custard was warm and sweet. However, if I was blindfolded and was handed a plate with a Pastel de Belem and one of the ubiquitous Pasteis de Nata found throughout Lisbon, I doubt very much that I could tell the difference.
Between October and May, Antiga Confeitaria de Belem opens daily from 08:00 until 23:00. Between June and September, it opens daily from 08:00 to 24:00. Despite these rather lengthy opening hours, it seems, from my experience at least, that the shop is often very busy. They are certainly doing something right!
As well as their famous Pasteis de Belem, they also sell other cakes and pastries and a range of hot and cold beverages.
Pasteis de Belem – famous little custard tarts from Belem. Join the queue and give them a try!!
If you leave Belem without ever going to this place, you haven't seen Belem. The specialty of the house has been made famous over the years, and the crowds outside in line will testify to the fact that there is just something great about what they make.
After you get inside you will be amazed at the crowd of people in the various large rooms. You even have to stand in line there to get a table. But have no fear, it is worth it as these rounded bakery gems just melt in your mouth and leave you with a pleasant memory of Portugal.
Check out their website which will give you a tour of the factory. When you visit in person you will also be able to walk through and watch the workers churn out baked items that are served immediately to the tables.
They also make other specialties besides the round pasteis.
Favorite Dish: I only tried the pasteis so I cannot write about the other items they make.
These folks are really famous and located very near the monastery and tower. It is worth the wait in line. If you go at dinner time, the line is less.....
Open 7 days a week
1 november - 30 april
8.00 - 23.00 sunday to 22.00
1st may - 31 oktober all days 8.00 - 24.00
Favorite Dish: Custards Tarts you can buy 6 in a box.
i guess i did something wrong as i didnot get in the right line.
i only wanted a box of Pastries or so and saw another line but i think that was for a touringbus as there were only asian people and a guide. but the guide told them what i wanted and i got it too.
think i paid 5.60 euro for 6 pastries (yummmmm still warm) in a nice box with some small bags of sucre.
no credit cards
you can also sit down and have a drink
picture 1 box with pastries and sucre
2 bakkery from outside
3 bakkery inside
Since 1837 Pasteis do Belém bakes the best Portuguese Pasteis around.
Nowadays it's a tourist attraction and behind the old shop is a modern bakery and a number of rooms with a constant flow of pasteis lovers.
Visiting hours: 8AM - 10PM
Favorite Dish: Pasteis!
We ate lunch at this restaurant on a late Thursday afternoon while visiting Belem in April. We were kind of worn out from walking around Belem and Lisbon all day and the restaurant was a great treat. Some of the good dishes we had were (using the English menu) shrimp panada, clams Alentejo style, and garlic shrimp. The host was really nice to our boys (aged 8 and 6) and that helped them stay very well mannered. I noticed most of the customers were local even though it is on the main street of a tourist area. I would definitely recommend this place.
Favorite Dish: Shrimp panada
There was a line of tourists but I just did as the locals and walked right up to the counter. It's crowded so walk in with confidence, order yourself a couple of the famous Pasteis de Belem and an espresso, and enjoy a quick and delicious snack as you take a break from all the sightseeing.
Favorite Dish: Pastry! You can find a similar pastry in any cafe in Lisbon but I have to imagine that the reason everyone raves about this particular place (home of the original Pasteis de Belem) is because it's so popular you will get them fresh out of the oven every time!
There is a good self-service restaurant in Museu de Marinha / the Maritime Museum in Belem. You will find it opposite of the entrance of the museum and at the same time it is also at the exit of the museum and next to the souvenir-shop and you can even take a look inside the last hall of the museum through a window from there.
They also have tables outside, the self-service is fast and the food was fine and on a sunny day I will always be happy for such a place, where I could get something to eat without loosing a lot of time while waiting for my waiter & the food & wait again for the bill...
Favorite Dish: I just has some fruitsalad, a mineral water and a bun.
Founded in 1837, the tearoom is worth the trip to Belem just to try their sublime custard tarts. The tearoom itself is also very pretty (if you sit in the front rooms). We thought these were the best custard tarts we had in Portugal.
Favorite Dish: Custard tarts... flakey, eggy, sweet goodness!!!
This place knows how to keep a good secret. The recipe for their custard tarts is in a safe and known to only 3 or 4 people. When I read this before the trip I thought it was a bit over the top. However, we had custard tarts all over Portugal - at the freeway restaurants, in Coimbra, in Lisbon - and they were all very good. However, this is the original, real and delicious thing. In my opinion it was by far the best anywhere. They are so popular that it is difficult even to find a seat (especially if there are tour buses lurking about). However, a very nice lady from Lisbon was seated alone and invited us to join her. She said her family is in the north of Portugal and whenever she goes to visit them, they make sure she brings a couple of dozen "Pastels de Belem." Don't go to Belem without trying one with a coffee. Outstanding!
The place has obviously grown and now occupies more than one "space." It is actuall a warren of rooms with tables and chairs, so just wander until you find a spot, or look forlorn and maybe someone will invite you to join them.
Favorite Dish: We stopped for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up and just had the pastries and coffee.
You'll have no problem finding this pasteleria/cafe--it is smack in the middle of Rua de Belem, very close to the Mosteiro, Museu dos Coches, etc. and has a blue awning. (Anyone you ask will point it out to you.
You can either order and eat at the counter, or go around to one of the 3-4 dining rooms (its size is deceiving; follow the signs to the bathrooms and you'll see that there are more dining rooms than you initially thought.)
The walls are adorned with azulejos, the famous Portugese tiles.
You can also watch the (mainly) women making the pastries through a glass window inside the pasteleria. Everyone says the recipe is secret; rightly so, as I had the same kind of pastry at two other pastelerias (one in Lisbon another in Evora) and none are as good as the ones in Belem. Let's just hope someone will always know the secret recipe!
Favorite Dish: The famous pasteis de Belem (served since 1837) definitely hold up to their world-renowned reputation. It is an eggy custard tart made in a pastry shell that seems to made of flaky phyllo dough. To eat, there are canisters of cinnamon (canela) and powdered sugar on the table. Sprinkle liberally and eat....YUMMMM! For coffee and tea lovers, this is the perfect accompaniment to your bica de cafe or your cup of cha. At the time of my visit, the pasteis were 0.80EUR each (what a bargain!)
Try some of the other pastries (there are many others.) Since we arrived around lunchtime and I hadn't had breakfast, I started off with a pasteis de Belem, and also ordered a mini-pizza, which was also very good a filling.
The pasteleria sells the pasteis by the dozen in specially made cardboard tubes so you can take some home. They also have t-shirts, the tin powdered sugar/cinnamon shakers (about 11 EUR--I know, because I bought two!) and other goodies.
You may think at first, hmmm...these pasteis aren't a big deal, but trust me, several days later you will be craving them!
The most famous custard tarts are pasteis de Belem. This place has been manufacturing them since 1837 and the building is absolutely huge with lots of rooms. Each room is different and most have high ceilings with walls covered in typical Portugese tiles.
Favorite Dish: Custart tarts of course.
one of the almost a dozen from portugalia chain of restaurants.
overall they are very handsome and with a good and clean presentation.
the portugalia belem is for obviuous reasons,
location wise and otherwise, the most charming one. just look my pic
Favorite Dish: this chain of restaurants is well known because of the most wonderfull and tasty meat dishes yu can find throu' out lisbon mostly.
so, if yu are a "meat'er" and nothing against it just try one of their offers of meat dishes in their menu.
There is street in Belem, wher there r many place to test tupical, czary testy food. and sweet is Pastis de Belem is the most popular.
Favorite Dish: Pastis de Belem! u could not to test just one! I can compere that sweet only wth France eclers. The test of Pastis de Belem makes u crazy and u will buy one more...
It was past 12:30 PM by the time we had finished touring the Tower of Belem, so we took a break on the cool grass of its large park-like area. It was a Sunday, so the park was being well used by the locals, with many couples and their children playing some impromptu football (soccer) games! It was fun watching the fathers show their children some of the basic ball-handling and shooting moves. Every once in a while a ball would go astray and I was hoping that it would come near where we were laying so I could have a boot at it too! This was only a couple of weeks before Euro2004 was to kick-off in Portugal, and football fever was mounting! After finishing our apples and some water, we headed over the pedestrian walkway to Belem proper.
Favorite Dish: By then it was getting hot, at 1:30 PM, and we spotted a bicycle driven ice-cream cart that was hawking its wares. A cone each was just what we needed, as we sat in the cool shade of trees in the Praca do Imperio. This is located in front of the impressive Jeronimos Monestary.
Having a lunch with the Monument to the Discoveries at one side, the Tagus River just a few meters from the table, the 25th of April bridge and the south side of the river... oh well all is said!
Favorite Dish: Portugalia's Steak. The house ex-libris... and the sauce...