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So many pastéis, so little time! © Anne Lotte / Flickr
So many pastéis, so little time! © Anne Lotte / Flickr
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The Best Places to Try Pastéis de Natas in Lisbon

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Updated: 17 January 2018
There are always those special sweets that travelers need to try when visiting a new city, and, in Lisbon, they are pastéis de nata. Not that the city has a lack of desserts and pastries to sink your teeth into, and on the contrary, the Portuguese are known for their “sweet tooth teeth”—but “natas” (as they are known for short) are hands down the national favorite. Finding them won’t be hard since they’re as ubiquitous as the pastelarias they’re sold in, but the following cafés have built special reputations as the best spots for a creamy, sugary, nata-filled fix.

Manteigaria

Cafe, Pastries, $$$
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Ask a local where to go for pastéis de nata and half the time (perhaps more) they will suggest Manteigaria. This nata factory/pastelaria hybrid, located in Bica, lets customers watch the confectionery wizards work their magic from behind the counter while simultaneously indulging in the finished product alongside an espresso. Locals like to swing by in the morning and also in the evenings after dinner (the shop closes around midnight). Plan for a quick bite or to take some on the road because this spot isn’t for hanging out and fills up quickly. There is also a second counter at Time Out Market in the historic Mercado da Ribeira.
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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Pastéis de Belém

Cafe, Pastries, $$$
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The most famous shop is hands down Pastéis de Belém, where the first natas were ever sold in 1837. Located next door to Jerónimos Monastery where the original recipe was developed, it is a historic landmark as well as an excellent spot to try the city’s most famous secret recipe. No other pastelaria makes pastéis de nata quite like Pastéis de Belém. Don’t be deterred by the long line that’s usually extending out the door because the to-go counter moves fairly quickly. Waiting for a table, though, is another matter, especially during the busy summer months.
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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Traditional

Fábrica da Nata

Cafe, Pastries, $$$
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A spot called the Nata Factory has an image to uphold, and popular opinion claims that Fábrica da Nata does this job well. Situated in two locations near the Restauradores metro stop and on the famous Rua Augusta, it’s centrally located between many landmarks, so why not swing by while sightseeing? Try one of their menu deals, which includes a pastel de nata alongside a glass of Port wine for €2,20, or buy a nata as a dessert for €1 after enjoying one of the “Fábrica’s” lunch options. Elaborately decorated with plush seating, azulejo mosaics, and chandeliers, it’s also one of the loveliest spots to sit and relax with something sweet. The Fábrica da Nata has a store in Porto, too.
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Pastelaria Versailles

Cafe, Tea Room, Pastries, Portuguese, European, $$$
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Speaking of elegant spots, this stunning Art Nouveau café in Saldanha is a must-see for the elaborate furniture and décor, like stained-glass windows and large mirrors, as well as an excellent place to eat pastéis de nata, and many other sweets. Having first opened in 1922, this is a spot known by the locals and often missed by tourists since it’s off the beaten path of downtown—so head over if you want to enjoy a snack or meal away from the tourist craze. The pastry and tapa counter is one of the longest in Lisbon too, so there’s much to choose from, although trying the pastéis de nata and chocolate pastéis de nata is recommended.
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Mon - Sun:
7:30 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Confeitaria Nacional

Cafe, Pastries, Portuguese, $$$
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Oldies are usually the goodies and Confeitaria Nacional is a prime example of an establishment that never loses its touch. Opened in 1829, it’s one of the oldest and most historic pastry shops in the city and its central location in Praça da Figueira helps keep it among the more popularly-visited shops among tourists. The natas here have been described as denser and sweeter than at many other spots. Why not pick up a box of sweets to go, packed with pastéis de nata in addition to other pastries—bolas de berlim, anyone?
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Mon - Thu:
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Traditional

Pastelaria Aloma

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Another local’s hot spot is Pastelaria Aloma, located by Campo de Ourique, that’s so good that it has won best nata competitions in 2012, 2013 and 2015. They even market themselves as selling “o melhor pastéis de nata,” or “the best pastéis de nata.” This artisanal pastry shop first opened in 1943 and became a neighborhood (and city-wide) favorite for natas in addition to bread, almond-based sweets, queijadas, and a number of other traditional sweets.
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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Traditional

Tartine

Cafe, Pastries, $$$
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Tartine in Chiado may have started out as a bakery, but now it’s a cozy and rustic dining spot for breakfast, lunch, or just a snack. This is also a popular spot for brunch, so why not visit and order a pastel de nata on the side of your eggs Benedict or waffles? Take a look at their Facebook page and you’ll see that a few customers have claimed Tartine’s pastéis some of the best in the world.
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Mon - Fri:
8:00 am
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 8:00 am

Meal service:

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dessert

Atmosphere:

Cosy