Where to eat the best Custard Tarts in Lisbon

Onde comer os melhores pastéis de nata em Lisboa

The traditional Pastéis de Nata, Custard Tarts, are a major success and trend all around the world. But none compares to experiencing one in Lisbon!

Pastéis de Belém

Did you know that the pastéis de belém are custard tarts, but custard tarts are not pastéis de belém?

Let us explain: pastéis de belém are slightly smaller and have a secret recipe a bit different than the traditional one.

If you visit Pastéis de Belém you can see the entrance  of the “secret room”, but its only accessible for the master confectioners and owners – no one else knows the secret recipe.

Location: Rua de Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa

Website: Pastéis de Belém

Pastéis de Belém


Manteigaria is located in Largo de Camões, near Bairro Alto and Chiado.

It only exists since 2014 but its recipe for custard tarts has been a tremendous success. The service is friendly, the tarts are deliciously fresh and have a slight touch of orange.

Location: Rua do Loreto, 2, Chiado / Mercado da Ribeira / 24 de Julho / Cais do Sodré

Website: Manteigaria

Confeitaria Nacional

The Confeitaria Nacional, with more than 185 years of activity, is the oldest and most traditional confectionery in Lisbon.

This pastry shop is an architectural bliss worth a visit.

It is said that the custard tart made in this pastry shop is still the same as the recipe from the former confectioner of the court of D. José I King.

If you are visiting Lisbon during Christmas be sure to sample the famous Bolo Rei from this bakery.

Location: Praça da Figueira 18B, Rossio, 1100-241 Lisboa

Website: Confeitaria Nacional

Confeitaria Nacional

Pastelaria Alcôa

Located in the old Casa da Sorte, the Alcôa pastry shop is known for being originally from Alcobaça – In Leiria, central Portugal. Its main specialty is the conventual sweets being one of them the custard tart.

Even if you are not a sweet tooth , it is impossible not to lean on the window of this pastry filled with conventual sweets, or even check its façade lined with traditional tiles!

Location: Rua Garret, 37-39, Chiado

Pastelaria Alcôa


Winner of several awards such as the Best Custard Tart, Best Bolo Rei (Christmas cake) of Lisbon and Best Bread of Portugal, this pastry shop delights those who go there.

Location: Rua da Horta Sêca, 1 , Chiado

These are just some of the custard tarts we can recommend, but obviously you will find this amazing Portuguese treat almost everywhere – whatever you go just make sure you try one!

Pastelaria Batalha