Lisbon: Eat a Pastel de Nata in Belém
Get There: Rua Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa
Cost: €0.80 each
When I first got to Lisbon, everyone – from the 1988 guide book I had to the two babin’ hitchikers I picked up – told me I had to try a pastel de nata from this famous place in Belem that has apparently been following the same “secret recipe” passed down from monks since the beginning of the 19th century. I ignored them, and instead sampled these delicious egg custard tarts from a range of vendors dotted around the city. But then one day, I decided to see what all the fuss was about and suss Café Pastéis de Belém for myself. The queue was long, but fast-moving, but even if it was slow, I would come back and line up again and again and again. These heavenly little pastries, lightly dusted in icing sugar and cinnamon, are like orgasms in your mouth. The filling is warm, the crust is crumbly… basically my only regret was getting all the way to the front of the line and only buying six (teehee). While you’re there, make a visit to the loo too, as the walk takes you past the kitchen full of staff preparing the pastries. Totally worth the hype, but they’re still scrumptious purchased from anywhere else if you can’t be bothered making the hike out to the monastery.