Antiga Confeitaria de Belém: "Portuguese Delights!!!!! Yum yum !!!!" Pastéis de Belém Tip by ptitetoile
Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon: 39 reviews and 70 photos
This Cafe is the culinary place not to miss in Lisbon and Belem!!!!
There you will find the most wonderful portuguese pastry : the pastéis de Belém! A real delight that leaves you a wonderful sensatio.. even after you have eaten it!
Here is a little bit of history taken from the website of the Confeitaria
At the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, in Belém, next to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (the Heironymite Monastery) there was a sugar cane refinery linked to a small general store.
As a result of the liberal revolution of 1820, 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 still far from the city of Lisbon and could be reached by steam-boats. At the same time, the grandeur of the monastery and the Torre de Belém (the Belém Tower) attracted visitors who soon grew used to savouring the delicious pastries originated in the monastery.
In 1837, the baking of the 'Pasteis de Belém' was begun in buildings joined 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 'secrets room', this recipe remained unchanged to the present day.
In fact, the only true 'Pasteis de Belém' contrive, by means of a scrupulous selection of ingredients, to offer even today the flavour of the ancient portuguese confectionary industry.
Favorite Dish: Pastéis de Belém of course!
Address: Rua de Belém, n° 84 a 92 1300 085 Lisboa
Directions: Next to the Heironymite Monastery
Phone: +351 21 363 7423
Price: less than US$10
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