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Devour a local delicacy in Belém

Portugal is famous for many things. Cobbled streets, trams and sardines to name a few however, it’s the custard tarts that people are dying to indulge in once they’ve reached the other side of the departures lounge.

For the true original, head to Belém which is just half an hour’s drive from Lisbon, and visit Pasteis de Belém. The top-secret recipe hasn’t changed since conception in 1837 and collectively, along with all the other bakeries, more than 20,000 are made and sold every single day in the town. That’s a lot of eggs and flour.

Whether you opt for a plain tart, or one with a dash of cinnamon, you sure won’t be disappointed. However please note that the café is extremely popular so expect queues at busy times. After all, custard makes the ‘tart’ grow fonder…

If you’re making the trip why not make a day of it and enjoy Belém’s sights? Catch a glimpse of the mesmerising Belém palace and take a selfie in the middle of Afonso de Albuquerque Square before wandering along the coast to the Belém Tower. Alternatively, give your feet a rest and take a boat tour along the Tagus River – ideal for both families and romancing couples.
 
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Don’t be surprised to see a bride and groom at the famous bakery as an old Portuguese proverb states that, “A bride who eats a pastry will never take off her ring.” After the reception, many newlyweds come to celebrate married life together. Who said romance is dead?

Venue Details

  • In/Out: Outdoors
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Traveller Type: Adults, Couples, Families
  • Best for: Food & Wine, Cultural, Unwind
  • Address: R. Belém 84-92, 1300 085 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Opening Times:
    8am – 12am

Map & Address

  • Belem itself is just a half-hour drive from Lisbon making it easily accessible for visitors staying in the Portuguese capital. Alternatively, take a train from Cais do Sodre station to Belem which will take 15-25 minutes. Located on Praça do Império, Pasteis de Belém is opposite Jardim de Belém and just a four-minute walk from Belém Palace.

    Belem itself is just a half-hour drive from Lisbon making it easily accessible for visitors staying in the Portuguese capital. Alternatively, take a train from Cais do Sodre station to Belem which will take 15-25 minutes. Located on Praça do Império, Pasteis de Belém is opposite Jardim de Belém and just a four-minute walk from Belém Palace.

  • Address: R. Belém 84-92, 1300 085 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Opening Times:
    8am – 12am