Do you love desserts?
Better yet… do you love pastries filled with custard?
If you do, then you must also be a fan of Portuguese custard tarts!
During a trip to Lisbon on the long weekend, we visited the world-famous Pastéis de Belém to sample their Portuguese custard tarts! If you are ever in Lisbon, you must make sure that you visit the neighborhood of Belem to try one of these delicious bites of heaven.
We took Tram 15 to Belem and just as we saw the long lines to the Pastéis de Belém, we knew were had arrived at the right place. The lines extended outside of the store and around the corner. It was 26 degree weather, the sun was shining and the tourists in the queue were beaming with excitement. I didn’t mind the 10 minute wait as it the line moved quite quickly. I was excited to smell the tantalising aroma of freshly baked puff pastry wafting from the shop.
When I finally arrived at the front of the line, I could see that the tarts were served fresh out of the kitchen and packaged into small rectangular boxes bearing the shop’s logo. I promptly paid, was directed to another line where I was then handed my portuguese tarts!
How does the Belem tart compare to other tarts?
Before trying the best Portuguese tarts in the world, I did my research and tried another tart from a well-known bakery. The other tart was tasty. The pastry was compact but slightly flaky and the custard was creamy but thick. The flavour was sweet and absolutely mouth-watering. The Portuguese tart was very nice.
When I tried the Portuguese Tarts from Pastéis de Belém, there was a significant difference. If the other tart was 7 out of 10, this one was 11 out of 10. The pastry was flaky yet crunchy. The custard was smooth and had an almost melt-in-your-mouth in texture. The flavours were sweet but well-balanced. There was definitely a difference and I can see why people flock to Belem to try these world-famous tarts!
Pastéis de Belém sells 12,000 custard tarts per day and only 3 people know the recipe – now that is a secret well worth keeping!Have you tried a dessert so amazing that you would wait in a long line for it? If so, let me know what it was and where!
How do you get to Belem? Tram 15 will get you there in less than 20 minutes. It should cost approximately €1.40 per journey but only if you pre-pay using a viva travel card. You can buy this travel card from any metro station, including the one near the airport.
When is the best time to go to Pastéis de Belém? The queues are long around lunchtime or just after lunch, so try to go there at odd hours. If you happen to be there during the peak lunch or dinner rush, the line up does not take too long and is well worth it. You’ll expect to wait 10 minutes during peak hours. If you can’t wait, you can also eat inside the shop as there are plenty of tables.
How much does it cost? You get a pack of 6 tarts for about €6.30
Address:Rua Belém 84 1300 Lisbon, Portugal
http://www.pasteisdebelem.pt/ Don’t just take my word for it… read about what other’s thought about these Portuguese Tarts
- Portuguese Tarts in Belem
- Read about the history of the tarts from a local’s perspective
- Read about the famous Portuguese tart from a foodie’s perspective
- Another great review about the Portuguese tarts
- From the words of The Guardian