Lisbon: The Best Custard Tarts

If you’ve ever been to Lisbon, you will know that you can’t pass a street corner without seeing a bakery or pastry shop with window displays full of these little beauties. The custard tart is a national treasure, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunities to try a nice selection of them whilst we were over there in the beautiful city.

1. Fábrica da Nata

Praça dos Restauradores 62 -68, 1250-110 Lisboa

If you saw our last post from the Secret Food Tour, you would know that this is where our tour guide brought us for what she believed to be the best tart in town. Did we agree? We certainly did and we hit the jackpot first time as it was actually the first that we had. Perfect pastry, not too hard and not too soft on the inside. Goldilocks would have loved it! It was just right.

The Pastry:★★★★★

The Filling: ★★★★★

2. Pasteis de Belém

R. Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa

We took the Yellow Bus Tour boat ride over to Belem with the main purpose of checking what is believed to be the best by many. This is as this place holds the original recipe, and is still only known by a handful of people who work in the bakery. Don’t get us wrong, they were delightful but we felt the pastry was a little too soft and inevitably, James made a mess of himself.

The Pastry:★★★

The Filling: ★★★★

3. Cafe Martinho Da Arcada

Praca do Comercio 3, Lisbon 1100-148 Portugal

Now this is where the competition gets difficult. Despite being in the heart of the tourist traps surrounding the Praca de Commercio, we researched and found this amazing restaurant. They served the best Portuguese cuisine, but unfortunately we had to look at the tables beside us in envy as we’d only just had lunch. Settling for dessert was no bad thing though. As tradition, enjoyed with a Portuguese coffee, the pastry and filling were perfect, and extra hot this time too!

The Pastry:★★★★★

The Filling: ★★★★★

4. Manteigaria – Time Out Market

Av. 24 de Julho 49, 1200-479 Lisboa

To round off our tart themed adventures, we visited the amazing Time Out Market and enjoyed some yet more custard tarts. This time served as a takeaway and in the box which can be seen above, we were very glad we took napkins with us. Far too soft, and I think the table enjoyed it just as much as I did.

The Pastry:★★★

The Filling: ★★★

Have you been to Lisbon? Tried a custard tart from any of these places or elsewhere? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!

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  1. Hello Bexa
    January 25, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    I’ve never actually tried a custard tart! But these looks really nice with a cup of tea! You both must be custard tart experts now 🙂 Great post <3Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Food and Baker
      January 31, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Oh no way, you must! It would go really nicely with a cup of tea!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. Jenniiverse
    January 25, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    I adore custard tarts! They're such a yummy treat, if I ever find myself in Lisbon I'll know where to go! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on their tarts x

    • Food and Baker
      January 31, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      It is definitely a treat! Glad you enjoyed the post!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. The Lilac Linnet
    January 25, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    A few years ago I didn't like custard tarts, I'd had a couple of horrible ones but luckily I persevered until I found more I liked. I think these tarts alone justify a trip to Lisbon!

    • Food and Baker
      January 31, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      They completely justify a trip to Lisbon, a shame about the bad ones but I'm glad you didn't give them up!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. Sophie Wentworth
    January 25, 2018 / 9:51 pm

    Oh wow, I was expecting this to be a review of one really good place, I was not expecting a ranking system. You guys must be experts on them now (and dare I say maybe a little sick of them?) Looks like you had a clear winner. I do think the ones you put in last place look the least appetising too x Sophie http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      January 31, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      I definitely wouldn't say we're sick of them just yet 😉 they're just so good! Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. Erin Ross
    January 26, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    I’ve never had a custard tart, but these look amazing! I loved this review and the pictures- totally made me hungry! I love cute little bakeries, so i’m Sure I would be in heaven there!

  6. abbeylouisarose
    January 27, 2018 / 9:11 am

    It’s actually been years since I had a custard tart! My grandad used to love the ones you get in the supermarket but I always found the texture a bit too goopy – however these smaller ones look absolutely divine! I did giggle at the thought of James slopping the filling down one of his cool shirts though (sorry James!)! I’m not surprised you struggled to choose a winner from numbers 1 and 3, they both look so tasty!Abbey ❤️ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      January 31, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Yeah goopy ones don't sound of feel as great but we def found some winners! Hahaha he's a real cluts!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. Girl Masked
    January 27, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    I haven't been to Lisbon before but I'd love to try some of the custard tarts there.

    • Food and Baker
      January 31, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      You should definitely go there and the custard tarts are so worth going for!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. Alisha Valerie Gerrard
    January 28, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    I have to admite, I've never tried a custard tart before. I'm not a fan of custard so I don't think they would be the best thing for me. Thank you for sharing 🌸💜✨With love, Alisha Valerie. xwww.alishavalerie.com | http://www.twitter.com/alishavalerie

    • Food and Baker
      January 31, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      They taste so much better than custard, so different. Worth trying once!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  9. Charlotte Clark
    February 12, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    I love how you went on a custard tart tour! My sister and I are considering going to Italy in the summer and I think we should do a gelato tour. 😀 (If you've been anywhere nice and not too expensive in Italy, please give me some recommendations!) These all look so good!

    • Food and Baker
      February 13, 2018 / 9:09 pm

      Sadly we haven't been to Italy yet, but we're hoping to go in June, so if we beat you to it, we'd defo send you some recommendations and visa versa!Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  10. Ashlee Moyo
    March 20, 2018 / 11:57 pm

    You definitely ate a lot of natas – haha! They all look so good, so yummy! I loved the natas I had in Vasco De Gama!Ashlee | ashleemoyo.com

    • Food and Baker
      March 22, 2018 / 1:16 pm

      Ugh they were so good, not enough if you ask me hahahaThank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  11. Sam Macaree
    April 1, 2018 / 11:17 am


  12. abbeylouisarose
    April 1, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    Every time I see these pictures I want to try the custard tarts more and more! I might give baking them at home a try, I’m at home with my parents for Easter for the next couple of days with all my Mum’s good baking equipment so I might have to take advantage!#FBEggHuntAbbey ❤️

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