While the exquisite Monastery of the Jerónimos is the icon of Lisbon's historic Belém neighbourhood, for sweet-toothed addicts like myself the star of the show is the Pasteis de Belém bakery.
Located just a few steps from the old monastery this little bakery (which was once run by actual monks in the 1800s!) is famous for producing the original version of the pastel de nata - the most beloved of custard tarts for Lisbonites!
Decorated in cool blues and white ceramic tiles this iconic bakery is popular with locals and tourists alike. Feeling delighted I prepared myself for a little feast on these revered custard tarts ( of which the recipe is a heavily guarded secret - the exact recipe, passed down from the monks by each generation, is only known by the master baker and two other people in the entire bakery!).
Despite a packed store-front I was pleased to find a quiet little spot at the back of the bakery overlooking a peaceful courtyard, where I sat and indulged on the glorious little tarts! Needless to say I was transported to another heavenly realm! A highly recommended experience if you are ever in Lisbon.