Pastéis de Nata, are no longer unknown, either in Portugal or overseas, and so, due to its success, the offer is immense. Hence, whenever you crave this Portuguese treat, it is better that you are well informed about where to go.
If you are strolling downtown in Chiado, your place to go is Manteigaria.
What was once part of a butter shop, has reopened as a custard tarts factory – you’ll recognise it by its Art Nouveau façade facing Camões Square. Here the tarts are continuously made in front of you throughout the day, so pop in any time you feel peckish.
In terms of flavour and quality, the tarts mirror the originals, from Pasteis de Belém: a crispy flaky dough filled with a heavenly cream inside and slightly burnt on top.
The place is as slim and long as the line by the door outside, yet, the wait is worth it. Once you get in, the service is fast, and since there are no tables, your time inside will be as fast as the time you need to grab and go your natas. Inside there is a counter where you can mirror locals and have your expresso together with a nata, and go!
Image credits: Manteigaria
Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata, Rua do Loreto, Lisbon, PortugalGet Directions