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10 Best Pastel De Nata Shops In Lisbon

Do you love Portuguese egg tarts? If so, check out our Lisbon Pastel de Nata guide with ten contenders for the best Pastel de Nata in Lisbon. We also include a tip for learning the Pastel de Nata recipe.

Pastel de Nata and Coffee at Aloma in Lisbon
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A visit to Lisbon isn’t complete without eating at least one Pastel de Nata. However, one is rarely enough when it comes to the popular Portuguese pastry. Most food travelers in Portugal choose to eat one (or more) creamy tart for breakfast every single day of their trip. Others go on a mission to find the very best Pastel de Nata in Lisbon.

But it’s not just tourists. Lisbon locals have been eating and loving Pasteis de Nata since the 19th century. However, thanks to globalization, Portuguese natas are now available around the world.

We love Pasteis de Nata too! During our travels, we’ve eaten versions in cities like Macau, Montreal and Kyoto as well as in numerous Portuguese cities. But, to us, Lisbon is the undisputed king of the Pastel de Nata.

Unlike iconic foods such as waffles in Belgium, cheesesteaks in Philadelphia and deep dish pizza in Chicago, there’s really no such thing as a ‘bad’ nata in Portugal’s majestic capital.

Pro Tip
Order Pasteis de Nata when you want more than one Pastel de Nata. Or, just call them natas. We use both plural versions in this guide.

Eating Pasteis De Nata In Lisbon

Eating Pasteis de Nata at Alcoa in Lisbon
How do you like to eat your Pastel de Nata? We ate these two with cinnamon. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We became Pastel de Nata fans during our honeymoon in 2007. It was love at first bite when we visited Pastéis de Belém as tourists. Like many, we couldn’t get enough of the compact Portuguese pastry available all over the city.

Now that we live in Portugal, this love has blossomed into a passion that can’t be stopped.

Read the story behind our move to Lisbon.

How deep is our love? We once nearly missed a flight when we left our coveted Pastel de Nata stash in a Lisbon hotel room while visiting Lisbon. Not only did we retrieve the precious cargo, but we also made our flight to Barcelona with minutes to spare.

Pro Tip
You can conveniently buy Lisbon’s best edible souvenir at the Lisbon airport. Aloma and Pastelaria Versailles both have shops in Terminal 1 while Confeiteria Nacional has a shop in Terminal 2. You can also buy Pastel de Nata six packs in the airport’s duty-free shop.

What Is A Pastel De Nata?

Pile of Pasteis de Nata at Manteigaria in Lisbon
Manteigaria bakes thousands of Pasteis de Nata every day. These beauties are hot out of the oven. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

You’re missing out if you’ve never eaten a Pastel de Nata. This omission is reason enough to get on a plane to Lisbon.

Pasteis de Nata are creamy Portuguese egg custard tarts – mini pie-shaped puff pastry cups filled with bright yellow, sugary, egg yolky custard. The tarts emerge from ultra-hot ovens that leave a dark, almost burnt brown flavorful patina atop a creamy center that, ideally, is never overcooked and gelatinous.

Discover the best Portuguese desserts and pastries.

A good Pastel de Nata, which translates literally to cream cake in English, has a crispy crust and a spiral bottom. Great ones rank among the best Portuguese desserts and solidify Lisbon’s status as one of Portugal’s tastiest cities.

Pro Tip
In addition to eating Pasteis de Nata and other desserts, be sure to eat other Lisbon food favorites like Bifanas, Arroz de Pato and Alheira during your visit. But, first, discover our top tips for eating in Portgual.

Baker at Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon
Although Pastêis de Belém closely guards its original recipe, guests can observe the finale of the baking process as these bubbling, golden pastries emerge from the pastelaria’s ovens. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

To make Pasteis de Nata, bakers fold puff pastry into layers before forming the dough into little cups. They then fill the pastry cups with cream made with ingredients like egg yolk, sugar, milk and cinnamon before baking them.

The end result is surprisingly complex considering the tart’s relative simplicity.

Pro Tip
Don’t worry if your Pastel de Nata has black spots on top. These spots indicate caramelization and are perfectly normal.

How To Eat A Pastel De Nata

Pasteis de Nata and Coffee at Aloma in Lisbon
Pasteis de Nata, our favorite Lisbon pastries, pair well with hot coffee. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

There is no right or wrong way to eat a Pastel de Nata but if you follow these suggestions you’ll quickly become a Pastel de Nata pro.

First and most important, order coffee with your Pastel de Nata. The combination makes for an ideal breakfast in Lisbon.

Locals typically order a bica or simple espresso shot. As for us, we each typically order a meia de leite which is similar to a cafe au lait. The galão served in a tall glass with extra milk is another popular Portuguese coffee variation.

Pro Tip
Make a separate trip to one of the many Lisbon specialty coffee shops if you like third wave coffee. Lisbon pastelarias typically serve commodity coffee from Delta or Sical.

Cinnamon and Pastel de Nata at Aloma in Lisbon
Sprinkling cinnamon is part of the fun of eating a Pastel de Nata. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Next, sprinkle cinnamon or powdered sugar on top of your Pastel de Nata. We generally add both depending on the sweetness of the Nata. (See Alcoa below.) You’ll most likely find shakers at the pastry counter or on your table.

If you don’t see shakers and want to request them in the native language, ask for canela for cinnamon and açúcar (pronounced eh-zoo-car) for sugar. However, most Lisbonites speak excellent English and will understand you in either language.

Pro Tip
Expand your Portuguese pastry horizons by tasting Travesseiro and Queijada pastries during a Sintra day trip.

Lisbon Pastel De Nata Guide

Pastel de Nata by Tile Wall at Pastelaria San Antonio in Lisbon
Don’t forget to photograph your Pastel de Nata first. We took this photo in front of one of Lisbon’s many Azulejo tiled walls. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

It’s difficult to find a bad Pastel de Nata in Lisbon. The city has hundreds, if not thousands, of Portuguese bakeries. Some neighborhoods even have two or even three pastelarias on the same block.

Any cafe selling sub-standard natas will probably go out of business – it’s that competitive.

Pasteis de Nata at Lisbon Cooking Academy in Lisbon
We baked these Pasteis de Nata during a class at Lisbon Cooking Academy. Note the bright yellow color and caramelization. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Of course, you’ll want to eat the best Pasteis de Nata in Lisbon during your visit. We do as well since each dense egg custard tart has 200 – 400 calories depending on the Pastel de Nata recipe.

After eating our collective weight in Pasteis de Nata, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten favorite Pastel de Nata Lisbon locations. You can reach all of them easily by foot, public transportation or Uber.

Go to just one or all ten. You may or may not get a sugar high, but you’ll definitely reach a supreme level of ‘Natisfaction’.

Pastéis De Belém

Rows of Pasteis de Nata at Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon
Monks created the original Pastel de Nata recipe in 1837. Pastéis de Belém continues to bake thousands of the popular Portuguese tarts every day. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Made famous by monks who invented natas almost 200 years ago, Antiga Confeitaria de Belém is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Lisbon. The historic cafe just goes by Pastéis de Belém now, but their natas are still some of the best in the city.

Lines queue up in the morning and don’t stop all day long. We were skeptical before our first visit in 2007 and wondered if the acclaimed Lisbon egg tarts would live up to the hype. They did.

More than a decade and many Portuguese custard tarts later, Pasteis de Belém remains our favorite place to eat the iconic Portuguese pastry and the first place we recommend to visiting friends.

And we’re not the only ones who consider eating a Pastel de Belém as a top thing to do in Lisbon. It’s in practically every guide book and top ten Lisbon list. Many people, including us, consider it to be one of the best places to eat in Lisbon.

Pro Tip
It’s easy to get from the center of Lisbon to Belem. You can take either take a tram (#15 or #27) or an Uber. Both options should take less than 30 minutes. However, if you choose to walk, budget over an hour for each direction.

Pasteis de Belem Dining Room in Lisbon
Locals and tourists happily chow down at Pastéis de Belém. The expansive cafe has several rooms and plenty of tables. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Eating at Pasteis de Belém is like tasting Portugal’s history of world conquest in every bite. The tart’s shell has a unique, brittle texture that shatters like a Chinese spring roll making us contemplate the marvelous influence of Portuguese culture throughout the world.

Visitors can watch the baking process as the pastries emerge from the oven with golden, bubbling domes. Though the original recipe remains a guarded secret, rumor has it that Pastéis de Belém only uses organic ingredients, i.e. no margarine or shortening. We don’t know this for sure because… it’s a secret.

What we do know is that you need to try at least one nata at Pastéis de Belém. Even better, make a day out of it and visit nearby sites like the Jerónimos Monastery, the Tower of Belém and MAATT (the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology).

Pro Tip
Skip the inevitable ‘take-away’ line at the front of Pastéis de Belém. Instead, head to the back of the cafe where you can sit at a table and enjoy your natas in comfort. One more note: Due to their organic nature, natas from Pastéis de Belém don’t travel well.

Pastéis de Belém is located at Rua de Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal.


Pasteis de Nata at Manteigaria in Lisbon
Mainteigaria’s Chiado location has a small counter where diners can quickly eat a nata or two. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Manteigaria has no qualms about keeping its Pastel de Nata recipe secret. On a daily basis, the popular pastry shop prepares thousands of natas behind a glass window for all to observe without hindrance.

Then again, there’s not much secret when it comes to Manteigaria. Originally opened in 2014, the bakery has multiple Lisbon shops including one at the ridiculously popular Time Out Market, one in Baixa and the original in centrally located Chiado. Locals and tourists flock to all Lisbon locations, often leaving with bags filled with natas.

Pasteis de Nata on Sidewalk at Manteigaria in Lisbon
Pasteis de Nata and mosaic sidewalks are two of our favorite things in Lisbon. We ate these at Manteigaria’s Chiado location. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Manteigaria excels at marketing. We see their distinctive bags all over Lisbon. Even Phil Rosenthal ate Pasteis de Nata at Manteigaria and featured the experience on his hit Netflix show Somebody Feed Phil.

Many culinarily-inclined people consider Manteigaria to be the best Pastel de Nata in Lisbon and we can empathize. The filling, while not the creamiest, is sweet with a slightly salty finish.

Will it be your favorite too? Squeeze yourself into a spot by the bar, sprinkle cinnamon on a hot nata and decide for yourself.

Pro Tip
Since the current cost is just €1.30 per nata, order a couple when you visit Manteigaria. Considering that nearby Pastalaria Benard charges more than double for a lesser product, this is a terrific bargain.

The original Manteigaria is located at Rua do Loreto 2, 1200-108 Lisboa, Portugal. The pastelaria has additional locations in Lisbon and Porto.

Pastelaria Versailles

Pastelaria Versailles in Lisbon
The Art Nouveau decor would be reason enough to visit Pastelaria Versailles. The excellent Pasteis de Nata are a second reason to visit the Saldanha institution. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Open in the Saldanha neighborhood since 1922, Art Nouveau Pastelaria Versailles is stuck in time.

The opulent Neo-Baroque cafe features a long wood carved antique bar where diners enjoy pastries and coffee alongside a large dining area with table service. Mirrors and marble decorate the walls. Crystal chandeliers light the room.

Most importantly, a range of pastry (including some of the city’s best Pasteis de Nata) fills the pastelaria’s cases.

Pasteis de Nata on Counter at Pastelaria Versailles in Lisbon
The flaky, creamy Pasteis de Nata are taller at Pastelaria Versailles compared to most Pasteis de Nata in Lisbon. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

After one bite during our first visit, we agreed that Pastelaria Versailles’ slightly taller natas were flakier and creamier than others we had previously eaten. We also enjoyed the hint of lemon that left a satisfying aftertaste for several minutes after our last bites.

Future visits haven’t disappointed us. We sometimes try other desserts at Pastelaria Versailles but it’s often difficult to pass on these natas. They’re that good.

Pro Tip
Go hungry to Pastelaria Versailles. More than a pastry shop, this Lisbon cafe has a menu filled with Portuguese classics, both savory and sweet.

Pastelaria Versailles has multiple locations in Lisbon. We typically visit the location at Avenida Da República 15-A, 1050-185 Lisboa, Portugal as well as the kiosk at the Colombo Mall.

Pastelaria Santo António

Baker at Pastelaria San Antonio in Lisbon
Pasteis de Nata don’t get any fresher than at Pastelaria San António. We ate natas straight from the open kitchen’s oven at the Castelo pastelaria. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

You might think that a tile-covered bakery on a hilly street near the São Jorge Castle would be a tourist trap. You would be wrong.

Although Pastelaria Santo António bakes Pasteis de Nata in one of Lisbon’s more touristic neighborhoods, their tarts are worth a steep walk from the center of town. Only open since 2017, this pastelaria won first place at the eleventh edition of the prestigious National Contest of Pastel de Nata competition in 2019.

Pasteis de Natas at Pastelaria Santo Antonio in Lisbon
Not all Pasteis de Nata are the same. Flaky, creamy and with a pleasing lemon taste, the natas at Pastelaria Santo Antonio are special. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We trekked up a lot of hills and climbed even more steps to sample Pastelaria Santo António’s award-winning natas. Though we were tempted to order ice cream instead of natas on that hot Lisbon afternoon, we stuck to our plan and ordered natas. We’re glad we did.

Flaky and creamy, the Pasteis de Nata at Pastelaria Santo António have a distinct lemon flavor that differentiates these Lisbon custard tarts from the pack. Thanks to tight construction, they stay intact despite their beautifully creamy custard.

Next time we trek up to Castelo, we’re pairing our natas with Ginjinha. Yes, Pastelaria Santo António sells traditional Portuguese cherry liqueur too.

Pro Tip
You can take free elevators up to the Castelo neighborhood to avoid a hilly workout. We recommend this option for readers with bad knees, limited time or heart conditions.

Pastelaria Santo António is located at Rua Miracle of Santo António 10, 1100-351 Lisboa, Portugal.

Fábrica Da Nata

Pasteis da Nata at Fabrica da Nata in Lisbon
Fresh out of the oven, the Pasteis de Nata at Fábrica da Nata are ready to hit the big time. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Only open since 2016, the original Fábrica da Nata feels like a Lisbon institution with its sleek design and on-site laboratory. In addition to this location on Restauradores Square, Fábrica now has additional locations including one on Lisbon’s Augusta Street and one in Porto.

The tarts here have a butterier flaky crust and looser filling compared to others we’ve eaten in the city. We enjoyed devouring them in a few bites, but that’s not our favorite aspect of Fábrica da Nata…

Pastel de Nata and Port at Fabrica da Nata in Lisbon
Fábrica de Nata serves their natas with cinnamon, sugar and port. Yes, port. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Our favorite aspect of Fábrica da Nata is its degustation menu. Sure, we’d normally be happy with a nata and coffee, but not here.

For just €2.50 (price subject to change), savvy diners can get a glass of port with their nata. If there’s a better combination of two of Portugal’s culinary favorites, we haven’t found it yet. Other degustation options include coffee, croissants and Portuguese snacks.

Pro Tip
Order a sandwich or salad if you want to turn your nata break into a meal.

Fábrica da Nata has multiple locations. The flagship Lisbon location is at Praça dos Restauradores 62 -68, 1250-110 Lisboa, Portugal.


Pasteis de Nata and Coffee at Aloma in Lisbon
Not only does breakfast for two at Aloma provide a sweet start to the day, but it also costs under €5. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

A three-time winner of the National Contest of Pastel de Nata competition in 2012, 2013 and 2015, Aloma occupies an important space in Lisbon’s competitive Pastel de Nata community.

Though originally opened in the Campo de Ourique neighborhood back in 1943, Aloma has soared since Joao Castanheira purchased the pastelaria in 2009. Aloma now operates multiple locations in Lisbon including a shop at the tony El Corte Inglês.

Despite its accolades and success, Aloma feels less corporate compared to other top Pastel de Nata bakeries. We love Aloma’s non-touristic vibe and tasty tarts. Plus, their natas have a slightly crispy, Crème Brûlée-like top and a creamy filling that’s not too sweet.

Pro Tip
Since Aloma’s natas aren’t overly flavored, feel free to shake a healthy dose of cinnamon and sugar on your tarts.

Our favorite Aloma is located at Rua Francisco Metrass 67, 1350-013 Lisboa, Portugal. The pastelaria has additional locations in Lisbon.

Confeitaria Nacional

Pasteis de Nata at Confeitaria Nacional in Lisbon
Lisbon’s oldest bakery does not sit on its laurels. Confeitaria Nacional’s Pasteis de Nata are among the best in town. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

As the oldest operating Lisbon bakery, Confeitaria Nacional has been making Lisbon sweeter since Balthazar Roiz Castanheiro started the confectionery business in 1829. Several generations later, the local institution is still family-owned

More than a simple cafe, Confeitaria Nacional is an elegant destination for pastry lovers of all ages. The bakery serves dozens of pastries from eclairs to egg chestnuts in its multi-story space in the heart of the city.

But what about their natas? We find them to be fresh and creamy with a beautifully layered, crispy crust. We recommend a visit here for the atmosphere, the friendly staff and the natas.

Pro Tip
Not a fan of typical Portuguese coffee? Confeitaria Nacional serves an Arabica blend with beans from Colombia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

Confeitaria Nacional is located at Praça da Figueira, Praça Dom Pedro IV 18B, 1100-241 Lisboa, Portugal.

Alcôa Pastelaria

Pasteis de Nata at Alcoa in Lisbon
Alcôa Pastelaria doesn’t scrimp on egg yolks or sugar in their Pastel de Nata recipe. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

One of the newer entrants in Lisbon’s Pastel de Nata scene, Alcôa Pastelaria has a longer history than its 2017 opening in Chiado indicates. This unique pastelaria has been baking traditional pastries since 1957 in Alcobaça, approximately 120 kilometers north of Lisbon.

In Lisbon, Alcôa sells egg yolk filled ‘convent’ pastries baked at its Alcobaça headquarters and transported south daily; however, the cafe prepares Pasteis de Nata on-site at the Chiado shop. Their oven doesn’t stop with a constant stream of customers gobbling up bright yellow tarts all day long.

We appreciate the yolky sweetness in Pastelaria Alcôa’s Pasteis de Nata. Though we like and recommend them, they’re best eaten with cinnamon only. These natas are easily the sweetest we’ve tasted in Lisbon. If that’s your thing, go for it!

Pro Tip
Although Alcôa does not offer table service, their customer service is excellent.

Pastelaria Alocôa is located at Rua Garrett 37, 1200-309 Lisbon, Portugal. The pastelaria’s original location is in Alcobaca.

NATA Lisboa

Pasteis de Nata at NATA Lisbon in Cascais
We ate these Pasteis de Nata in Portugal. However, NATA Lisboa also has locations in countries like Austria, Spain and the UK. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

NATA Lisboa doesn’t want to take over the Pastel de Nata market in Lisbon. With a motto of The World Needs Nata, this Pastel de Nata bakery wants to take over the planet.

Open since 2011, NATA Lisboa has locations throughout Portugal and in European cities like Bilbao, Amsterdam and Berlin. Regardless of the location, NATA Lisboa serves Lisbon-style Pasteis de Nata.

Food travelers have a happy place in Portuguese cities like Evora and Porto when they’re craving a Pastel de Nata away from Lisbon. NATA Lisboa’s natas are solid with the right combination of flakiness, creaminess and caramelization.

Pro Tip
Keep your eyes open for a NATA Lisboa franchise in your corner of the globe. It could happen.

NATA Lisboa is located at Praça Duque de Saldanha nº 1 Atrium Saldanha, Atrium Collection, Piso 2, Loja 40, 1050-094 Lisboa, Portugal. The pastelaria has additional locations in Portugal as well as in other countries.

Pastelaria Cristal

Pasteis de Nata at Cristal in Lisbon
Not every good Pastel de Nata shop is world-famous. Such is the case of Pastelaria Cristal in Lisbon’s Lapa neighborhood. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Located around the corner from the Lisbon apartment where we stayed twice in 2018, Pastelaria Cristal has been serving Pasteis de Nata to locals in both Lapa and Estrella since 1941. Since the pastelaria bakes their natas a few doors down the block, it’s not unusual to see workers carrying fresh trays of hot natas into the shop throughout the day.

After three generations, the owners of Pastelaria Cristal know what they’re doing. Their natas are slightly better than typical Lisbon tarts with firm, thick bottoms that yield to a creamy center.

Pro Tip
Cristal’s ‘upper town’ location is just a short stroll from the beautiful Basílica da Estrela and the intimate Jardim da Estrela as well as a 15-minute uphill walk to the Campo de Ourique Market.

Pastelaria Cristal is located at Rua Buenos Aires 25, 1200-798 Lisboa, Portugal.

Pastel De Nata Class

Pastel de Nata Class at Lisbon Cooking Academy in Lisbon
Chef Ana Viçoso proudly displays a handcrafted Pastel de Nata. Notice the spiral design on the bottom of the nata. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Learning how to make Pasteis de Nata is one of the best things to do in Lisbon for food travelers. Not only do participants learn how to make Portuguese egg tarts at home during this culinary activity, but they can also eat their work at the end of the cooking class.

We recommend Lisbon Cooking Academy for the ultimate Pastel de Nata class. Chef Ana Viçoso is a great chef, speaks excellent English and possesses a comprehensive knowledge of Portuguese cuisine.

Baking Pasteis de Nata at Lisbon Cooking Academy in Lisbon
Is there a more beautiful Lisbon site than Pasteis hot out of the oven and ready to eat? We think not. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

In just two hours during our fun workshop, we learned how to bake Pasteis de Nata from scratch starting with puff pastry and ending with hot-out-of-the-oven Pasteis de Nata. Viçoso has created a recipe that translates terrifically to home kitchens.

Vegans aren’t left out of Viçoso’s Portuguese tart party. Lisbon Cooking Academy offers a separate Vegan workshop where participants follow a special Pastel de Nata recipe without milk, eggs and butter.

Pro Tip
Book your Pastel de Nata class in advance. Considering the popularity of Portuguese tarts, these classes fill up fast. You can sign up via Lisbon Cooking Academy’s website.

Lisbon Cooking Academy is located at Rua Ilha Terceira 51 A, 1000-172 Lisboa, Portugal.

Vegan Pastel De Nata

Pastel de Nata at Pastelaria Bernard in Lisbon
Though not the prettiest Pastel de Nata in Lisbon, this vegan tart is a winner for those with specific dietary restrictions. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Not only can vegans learn how to bake dairy-free Pasteis de Nata at the Lisbon Cooking Academy (see above), but they can also take a class with João Batalha. Batalha creates modern Portuguese tarts without adding any milk or eggs proving that everybody should eat at least one Pastel de Nata in Lisbon.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Pastel de Nata?

A Pastel de Nata is a Portuguese egg tart. It’s also the most popular pastry in Portugal.

What does Pastel de Nata mean?

Pastel de Nata literally translates to Custard Tart.

Where was the Pastel de Nata invented?

The Pastel de Nata was invented at the Jerónimos Moastery in Belém. Belém is located in Lisbon, Portugal.

What are the ingredients in a Pasta de Nata recipe?

The key Pastel de Nata ingredients include butter, flour, milk, sugar and egg yolks

What is the plural for Pastel de Nata?

Pastéis de Nata is the plural for Pastel de Nata.

What’s the difference between a Pastel de Nata and a Pastel de Belem?

The Pastel de Nata can be baked anywhere in the world while the Pastel de Belém must be baked at the Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém.

Where is the best Pastel de Nata in Lisbon?

Top contenders include Pastéis de Belém, Manteigaria, Aloma and Pastelaria Santo António. The only way to find your favorite Lisbon Pastel de Nata shop is to try them all.

How much does a Pastel de Nata cost in Lisbon?

Expect to pay approximately one euro for a Pastel de Nata in Lisbon.

Can I buy a Pastel de Nata at the Lisbon airport?

Yes. You can buy a six pack at the duty free shop. However, the better option is to buy Pastéis de Nata at bakeries in both terminals.

Lisbon Planning Checklist

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About the Authors

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.

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Original Publication Date: July 13, 2019
Republish Date: May 4, 2021


Friday 16th of September 2022

I love this post and am sending it to all of my Portugal clients! Obrigada!


Friday 1st of July 2022

Thanks for your guides. Please consider offering readers the ability to skip directly to the lists. It takes me too long to get to the meat of the story. Thanks for your consideration.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saturday 2nd of July 2022

Most of our guides, including this one, include a Table of Contents for this purpose. Beyond that, feel free to purchase a guide book if our free guides don't meet your needs.


Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

Great list!! Vegan Nata is also a great vegan version and they have a location in Chiado which is price and flavor wise pretty comparable to the original ones!

Marina kneppers

Saturday 6th of November 2021

Thanks for the detailed list 😉. I disagree with you on your first choice of pastéis de nata. The Manteigaria is, by far, the best i have ever had. No comparison whatsoever.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Sunday 7th of November 2021

We can agree to disagree. That being said, Manteigaria is great. We live around the corner from several pastelerías and it's our local go-to these days. However, we were at Pastéis de Belém a few days ago and still love it most of all.


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Love this because they look eggy and sweet, but most of all, a little bit scorched! Growing up eating the best homemade biscuits, cookies and pies, I stopped expecting to find the same baked to anywhere near golden in local bakeries. That's just how it's done here.

Nice article!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Thanks Laurel! Living in Portugal you'd think we'd get tired of pasteis de nata but we haven't. They may be the most popular pastry in the world that many Americans don't know about.

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