This cafe is very famous for its Portuguese egg tarts which are delicious. You can get take away (pay first then collect food) but we choose to sit in and have coffee, beer and egg tarts. The building is beautiful with absolutely lovely tiled walls. The cafe is really big and, though it was busy, we were seated and served straight away. Service was friendly and efficient. Prices very reasonable. Lovely building. Clean toilet.
You can have a good breakfast for around 5€ or less in any café and other than lazyness there's absolutely no reason to have breakfast at the hotel :P. I think there's no better way to start your days than being out in the city having a relaxed breakfast.
Many of our cafés are called "Pastelaria" which translates into "pastry shop". There are tons of pastelarias everywhere throughout the country. Try as many portuguese pastries as you can eat :P
You may already know about the famous "Pastéis de Belém" (http://www.pasteisdebelem.pt) that you can try only in the pastelaria next to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Belém. I presume it will be a little bit difficult to have some for breakfast but you simply can't miss them. Remember that you must eat them while still hot. If you try them cold you will ruin it completely. For breakfast you should consider to try "Pastéis de Nata" which are similar to "Pastéis de Belém" but that you can find everywhere. If any pastelaria doesn't have pastéis de nata then it's not real portuguese lol.
Personally I love to eat pasteis de nata while drinking a very short and strong expresso with no sugar.
Regarding the coffee, if you're not into expressos you should ask for a big cup of coffee because our regular coffee is the expresso lol. If you want coffee with milk you should ask for "Galão" or "Meia de leite". You can order in english in most places so this is just in case you need it.
Don't miss the portuguese croissants available at any pastelaria. There are other places in Lisbon famous for their croissants but my favorites are the ones from the Pastelaria Bénard in Chiado (Largo do Chiado). Croissants with cheese, ham, chocolate, a soft and sweet egg cream... heavenly yummy. A bit more expensive than average but well worth it. Also the location is great. If the weather is good enough and above all if you find an empty table LOL you can just sit outside and watch Lisbon life passing by.
Well... I just got hungry by writing this. I'm gonna grab something to eat.
This famous cafe/shop was the first place outside the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos to sell the original creamy dessert, Pasteis de Belem, after the monastery was closed in the 1820s. For those who don't know, Pasteis de Belem are a delicious Portuguese egg custard tart pastry that was created before the 18th century by Catholic nuns based in the monastery. Since 1837, locals have come here to get them warm out of the oven and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Ever since then, they're spread to bakeries all over the country and internationally around the Portuguese empire to such countries as Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea-Bissau, Timor-Leste, Goa, and Macau. Expect long queues to buy them straight from the counter and even longer queues to sit down at a table and eat them. Instead, you could do what I did and eat them sitting outside at a cafe next to the National Coach Museum called Chique de Belem.
This Cafe is the culinary place not to miss in Lisbon and Belem!!!!
There you will find the most wonderful portuguese pastry : the pastéis de Belém! A real delight that leaves you a wonderful sensatio.. even after you have eaten it!
Here is a little bit of history taken from the website of the Confeitaria
At the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, in Belém, next to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (the Heironymite Monastery) there was a sugar cane refinery linked to a small general store.
As a result of the liberal revolution of 1820, all convents and monasteries in Portugal were shut down in 1834, the clergy and labourers expelled.
In an attempt at survival, someone from the monastery offered sweet pastries for sale in the shop; pastries that rapidly became known as 'Pasteis de Belém'.
At that period the area of Belém was still far from the city of Lisbon and could be reached by steam-boats. At the same time, the grandeur of the monastery and the Torre de Belém (the Belém Tower) attracted visitors who soon grew used to savouring the delicious pastries originated in the monastery.
In 1837, the baking of the 'Pasteis de Belém' was begun in buildings joined to the refinery, following the ancient 'secret recipe' from the monastery. Passed on and known exclusively to the master confectioners who hand-crafted the pastries in the 'secrets room', this recipe remained unchanged to the present day.
In fact, the only true 'Pasteis de Belém' contrive, by means of a scrupulous selection of ingredients, to offer even today the flavour of the ancient portuguese confectionary industry.
Favorite Dish: Pastéis de Belém of course!
This (as I have said before) is a MUST for all tourists visiting Lisbon. Even while falling in line to buy their famous pastries, my sister and I who were travelling in 2009 in Portugal had fun taking pictures of ourselves falling inline, with the floor's tile mosaic showing "1837" when the famous cafe was born.
At the time, the famous pastry was just 0.99 Euro (hope it has remained the same price), and you can eat it this either in the cafe where there are severable tables or outside. We did both since we went there twice, haha
The recipe of the Pasteis de Belem is said to be “an ancient secret” and from the Convento dos Jeronimos. The little cakes are made daily by hand in the bakery – and you can actually see the process through windows within the museum-like dessert paradise. The place is so popular that they even have police or security inside…I guess to prevent pickpocketers from victimizing unsuspecting tourists.
And yes, I had to agree, the pastries were awesome specially when warm.
And the pastries were so good, we made a video of it! Hope you like this:
MY SISTER FALLING IN LOVE AT PASTEIS DE BELEM!
I found a nice website detailing the history of this nice cafe at http://www.pasteisdebelem.pt/en.html. It tells of how in the early 1800's, someone in the monastery offered these sweet pastries (during difficult times) at the shop (sugar refinery) next to the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos....so the story goes...
And if you want to bring the pastries back to your home country, they put them in these nice little tubular rectangular boze where they fit oh so perfectly!
Favorite Dish: THE PASTRIES!
And the pastries were so good, we made a video of it! Hope you like this:
MY SISTER FALLING IN LOVE AT PASTEIS DE BELEM!
Our host and guide to Lisbon was Antonio, who also worked so hard to make the VT meet there so fantastic, and he is one guy "in the know". When he said that this was the best place in Lisbon to try the Pastias de Belem .....well let me put it this way, I usually do not eat cakes, cookies, pastries and the like, but this was GOOD. ^O^
Favorite Dish: Pastias de Belem.....
This coffeehouse is in the heart of Belém, one of the most beautiful parts of town. It's surrounded by monuments like Torre de Belém, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Here you can taste the most delicious pastry Lisbon and probably Portugal has to offer. You can try them there while having a coffee in the morning, it's a great breakfast or you can have them at the beautiful parks in Belém which is very romantic.
The price is 0,85 euros per unit.
This pasteleria is over 160 years old. Don't be put off if all tables look occupied when you enter: there is loads more space in the back - just follow the signs!
Favorite Dish: The famous past?is de Bel?m of course! Available in all pastelerias, but they taste the best at Past?is de Bel?m!!
The pastýis are delicious custard cakes and cost EUR0.75 per pastel.
This confectionery makes the best custard-pie in the world.
There are a lot of seats, but in high season there is a chance you'll have to wait outside.
Nevertheless it is worth waiting.
Favorite Dish: The pasteis de Belém are so addictive. Great stuff to eat with your coffee.
This is where it all started and they have been baking these gorgeous little custard pastries for over since the 1880's. Have a coffee and order a plate of these and quietly consume them in the old cavernous surroundings. The walls are covered in these beautiful blue and white hand painted tiles. Then on leaving order some more to take away and everytime you pass do it again. They are so delicious, especially when they are hot. It is an absolute must to sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top before you wolf one down.
Favorite Dish: The Pasteis!!!
The Café Pasteis de Belem is very famous for its delicious pastries. We were urged to go there by our Lisbon VT friends and it was actually only by chance, that we managed to go there:
my feet had been hurting so much from doing all this sightseeing around Torre de Belem and the Mosteiro de Jeronimo, that I only wanted to get back to the pension and rest my feet. I had almost reached the tram to take me home, when I happened to see the building of the Pasteis de Belem on the other side of the street and I remembered Catarina's words: "you just HAVE to go there, okay???" - Well, we let go the tram and instead we went inside the café.
The best tip, that we had gotten, was to proceed further into the building and not stay in the front part. The café is HUGE and consists of at least 7 different rooms - all packed with guests!!!
The café is decorated with tiles, but is not really very cosy, so we decided to just buy some pasteis and enjoy them some place else.
And sure enough, those pastries are very delicious!!!
You can´t miss hearing about this place!So I don´t need to tell too much.
But what I didn´t know,was that we go to the table,and order there-strange thing for a Finn,we are used to order first and the find a place to sit.The place is HUGE it just didn´t seem to end anywhere!We first thought it was full,but we were wrong.
Like many places at Lisbon,we were disapointment that we couldn´t sit out!!Strange!
They had lots of other things sold too,which we didn´t expect.We were sorry to go and eat something salty first yo poor cafe at museum,when we could have eaten something salty here too!If we ever go back,I must remember that.
Favorite Dish: Of course I must say:pasteis de Belem.I think they aren´t so different than elsewhere.Maybe little,and at least,they are very fresh and served warm!I wonder why at any other place.
Actually,when they are cold,they taste a lot like Finnish "vanilijaviineri".(something like vanilla Danish pastry).The shape is only different and much smaller and little dark spots at vanilla-filling are something that our viineri doesn´t have.It made me wonder,where I coul get warm,just bakes vanilijaviineri back home?Why they are allways served cold...
This cafe is not to be missed. In our all too brief week long stay, we ended up making three visits to this pastry heaven and after our arrival back in the US seriously debated making an additional weekend trek to Lisbon just to experience one more time the delight that comes from sampling one of this pastry shops many selections.
Favorite Dish: Pastéis de Belém is what they're famous for but everything else was exceptional too!
This crowded place is so for a reason, and your time waiting in line is worthwhile, despite the mass of things to see outside in Belém. The huge demand makes for the Pastéis de Belém (or Pastel de nata - "Cream pastry") to be crisp/soft fresh right out of the oven. Ask for "Pastel de nata - um pacote de seis por favor". Can't even begin to describe this, but eating them in the Belém park afterwards may be one of the best things you'll ever do in public. Don't moan too loud!
Favorite Dish: In case you're still in doubt... PASTEL DE NATA
Favorite Dish: Crusty pastries filled with a creamy custard old recipe from Belém. Only three people in the world know the custard recipe, which has not changed since they opened in 1837.