Don’t let the line wrapping around the corner deter you from experiencing a Pastéis de Belém. That’s right, it has its own trademarked name. And rightfully so being that the original Pastéis de Belém started here in 1837 following an ancient recipe from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (the monastery next door). Current day, it is said that only six people know the recipe! Antiga Confeitaria de Belém is a Lisbon institution by all definitions.
The tart itself was our second favorite. Second because the filling felt a bit too “lumpy” in my opinion but the pastry was super buttery and delicious. Another reason it came in second instead of first was the dining experience. There are five different dining rooms! The place just kept going and the lines were never-ending! But the tarts were still delicious and they serve alcohol so thats always a plus in my book.
PS. Try planning your visit on a Monday, the monastery is closed and it can help with the long wait lines!