Top priority on our list of things to do on our second day in Lisbon was to take a trip down to one of its most famous establishments and try out a Portuguese delicacy.
Located in the district of Belém, the southwestern part of the city, you will find Pastéis de Belém. Established in 1837, this bakery began when someone from the nearby Jerónimos Monastery started selling sweets and pastries from a small shop in an effort to survive. And the rest is history!
The recipe (which isn’t shared with anyone) remains the same to this day and all pastries are baked in the ‘Secret Shop’ which is the name given to this special room.
The most famous item on the menu is the Pastéis de Nata (Custard Tarts). Delicate and crunch pastry filled with warm, sweet custard and a dusting of sugar and cinnamon to top it off! I’d advise getting here nice and early to avoid the crowds, long queues and tour groups (yup, that’s right!).
Having had a fair share of pastries, sandwiches and espressos, we decided to walk it off with a stroll around sunny Belém. Made up of historic monuments, museums, parks and gardens, Belém is the cultural hub of Lisbon.
The Tower of Belém is one of Belém’s iconic structures and lies along the banks of the Tagus River overlooking the water. Other places to visit include: The Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Palace, the Jardim da Praça do Império and the Tropical Garden.
After marveling at the beautiful sights of Belém, we hopped on an Uber and made our way to the super cool, LX Factory for some much needed shade and a spot of lunch.
Giving off major Shoreditch and Brooklyn vibes, LX Factory was once a manufacturing complex but has now been turned into a creative space dotted with restaurants, cafes, boutiques and quirky shops.
We had a Mexican lunch at Mez Cais LX which I’m afraid I was far too famished to take photos of.
Followed by strolling through the cute and quirky shops and enjoying the wonderfully pleasant summer weather.
And ending the afternoon with something sweet!
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