In the Mood for Blues, Whites & Custard Tarts
While the exquisite Monastery of the Jerónimos is without a doubt the architectural icon of Lisbon's historic Belém neighbourhood, when it comes to sweet treats, the star of the show is an old bakery located just a few feet away from the monastery.
Decorated in cool blues and whites to match Belém's glorious maritime history, the bakery known simply as the Pasteis de Belém , is most famous for serving up the original version (passed down from the monks centuries ago) of Lisbon's most beloved dessert - the pastel de nata. Being a huge fan of baked goods, one of my biggest missions while exploring the neighbourhood of Belém, was to lay my hands on one (or three!) of these sweet and creamy custard tarts.
While the bakery is popular with locals and visitors from all around the world, I was pleased to find a quiet little spot in the courtyard of the bakery where I sat and indulged the heavenly little tarts. To round off this sublime experience, it didn't hurt that my outfit perfectly blended in with the pretty blue and white ceramic details of the bakery! If you are ever in Lisbon, I highly recommend a visit to this iconic bakery.