Pasteis de Belém
Pasteis de Belém is a Portuguese egg tart pastry, common in Portugal.
At the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, in Belém, next to the Heironymite Monastery. There was a sugar cane refinery attached to a small general store. As a result of the 1820 liberal revolution, all convents and monasteries in Portugal were shut down in 1834, the clergy and labourers expelled.
In an attempt at survival, someone from the monastery offered sweet pastries for sale in the shop. Pastries that rapidly became known as “Pasteis de Belém”.
At that period the area of Belém was considered far from the city of Lisbon and mainly accessed by steam-boats. The grandeur of the monastery and the Belém Tower attracted visitors who soon grew used to savouring the delicious.
In 1837, the baking of the “Pasteis de Belém” began in the buildings attached to the refinery, following the ancient secret recipe from the monastery. Passed on and known exclusively to the master confectioners who hand-crafted the pastries in the secret room, this recipe remained unchanged to the present day.
Every day our patissiers recreate, in the “Secret Room”, the cream and the pastry which will form Pasteis.
Now, they can be purchased in many places all over the world, in bakeries, and sold in many hotels etc.
1 PASTEL + 1 DRINK €6.00
2 PASTEIS + 1 DRINK €7.50
October 1st to June 30
08:00 a 23:00*
July 1st to September 30
08:00 a 24:00
*On 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January , closes at 19h
How to Get There
Tram 15 from either Praça da Figueira or Praça do Comércio.
Bus 714 from Praça do Comércio (metro Terreiro do Paço).
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