Pasteis de Belem, Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

Located a few minutes walk from the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Pasteis de Belem is arguably the most traditional and oldest maker of egg tarts.

Traditionally, monasteries and convents used to use egg whites for starching clothes and would use the egg yolks to make pastries.  After the Liberal Revolution of 1820, the monks started selling egg tarts at a sugar refinery as a source of extra revenue.  Eventually the monastery was closed, and the recipe was sold to the refinery.  Then in 1837, Pasteis de Belem opened.  They boast that they still make their egg tarts in the traditional way.

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You can eat in or take away.  If you take away, you stand in the line on the right and pay for your order.  Then you stand in the line on the left to pick up.

Extremely custardy in the middle, you can top your egg tart with cinnamon or powdered sugar.  The crust was extremely crunchy, almost as if it was fried.

You have to try some if you’re in Lisbon.  Consider it tasting history!  But remember, you definitely should order more than one!

Pasteis de Belem
8:00am to 11:00pm daily

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