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Restaurants, Pastelerías Bairro Alto
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

Time Out says

You better be on the lookout! When the bell rings, hurry. That means another cream custard tart batch has just left the oven and there will be a line queuing at Manteigaria’s entrance. Ask for a little takeaway box or eat at the counter: with an espresso or a cappuccino.

Time Out tip: If you happen to be on Camões square or Loreto street and you hear a bell, run to the shop: it means a fresh batch has just come out of the oven.



Address: Rua do Loreto, 2
Transport: Metro Baixa-Chiado
Opening hours: Daily 8am-midnight

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After I tried them at the Time out Market, I had only one obsession, having some more!

The pasteis de nata, traditional Portuguese egg tart are delicious, and one of the best I had so far.

Don't restrain yourself to have one only and take a box of 2, or 6!

If you want to bring back something from your Lisbon trip, this is a good idea, but they won't last more then two or 3 days, so eat them fast! I am sure it won't be an issue though.


If heaven exists, you might be well forgiven for thinking that each day there starts with the ringing of a bell and the delivery of a tray full of warmly-fresh-from-the-oven, glossy topped, crispy edged pastels de nata aka Portuguese custard tarts because this is what happens at Manteigaria, a place that I’m convinced is as close to heaven on earth as you can get.

A staple of Portugal’s cuisine, stroll around the country’s capital and you’ll find pastelarias dotting every street and crossing every avenue. Lisbon is a place whose inhabitants love to grab a pastel de nata and a coffee on the way to work, on their lunch break, on the way home, basically anytime they have five minutes and a couple of shiny coins to spare.

There are those who will tell you that the best custard tarts are to be found at Pasteis de Belem, home of the very first ones made in Lisbon but I’ll absolutely definitively politely disagree. Whilst theirs are loose textured and very understated when it comes to flavour, Manteigaria’s are slightly firmer with a gorgeous hint of cinnamon that lurks underneath a sticky, caramelised top and inside a golden, flaky sided pastry case. These things are seriously good and if you find yourself in Lisbon, you cannot leave without trying six four two one.

Staff are lovely and welcoming and although the shop is small, you’ll be able to find a spot at the indoor counter without too much trouble and it’s from here that you can indulge your inner piglet and watch the slightly hypnotic pouring of custard into trays of hungry pastry shells.

There is a branch of Manteigaria in the Time Out Market but I’d suggest coming here for the real experience; at €1 each, don’t be surprised if you find your wallet slightly emptier when you leave than when you arrived. Top tip – buy a couple to bring home with you. They travel well in a nifty little case and although they won’t taste quite the same as you eat them, pyjama clad in your own kitchen the day after you return, one bite and you’ll be transported back and if that’s not worth a couple of euros, nothing is.