Lisbon Area / February 28, 2020. By Susan Connolly
In Lisbon it’s a must to try the beloved Portuguese custard tart, pastel de nata, a crispy, crunchy pastry with an egg custard filling and just the right amount of sugar. Natas are available everywhere but not all natas are the same. Here we share with you are 5 places to try the best natas in Lisbon. Forget the diet, Lisbon was built on seven hills so there will be plenty of opportunity to walk it off.
Rua do Loreto 2, 1200-242 Lisbon
Manteigaria was out first stop in the Chiado district just a few steps from Largo de Camões. The current owner renovated this beautiful building which reopened in 2014 keeping the original art noveau facade and marble walls inside. The secret of Manteigaria’s success is the artisanal production of the custard tarts; quality ingredients, no preservatives and the process by which the flaky pastry is kneaded and folded by hand. Visitors to the shop can see the pastry chefs making the tarts through a glass window. When you hear the bell ring this means a fresh batch has just come out of the oven.
Largo do Calhariz 2, 1200-050 Lisbon
Aloma dates back to 1943. They won the competition for the best pastel de nata in Lisbon, in 2012 , 2013 and 2015. This title has added to their success and there are now several branches throughout Lisbon. We visited their pátesserie near Chiado where the natas were delicious.
Praça da Figueira 18B, 1100-241 Lisbon
Founded in 1829, Confeitaria Nacional is the oldest pátisserie in Lisbon and pastel de nata is their bestselling item. They have maintained the original design making it a very pleasant place to enjoy a nata.
Rua do Sta Cruz do Castelo 5- 1100 – 478 Lisbon
In 2011, the owner of Nata Lisboa branded his own pastel de nata with the slogan “The World Needs Nata” with the vision of franchising them. Today there are several branches stretching from Paris to Abu Dhabi. You can try them in Rua do Sta.Cruz do Castelo next to St. George’s castle.
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Rua Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisbon
Pastéis de Belém was the first café/shop to sell the popular treats. A well known tourist attraction nearby the Jerónimos Monastery. However locals still come here for the pastry made from a secret recipe that hasn’t changed since 1837. You may have to to queue during the tourist season.
If you’d like to learn how to make pastel de nata while in Lisbon, try this two hour cookery class with a local chef.
I hope you don’t leave Lisbon without trying a nata or two or three….and please leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you.