In several tour books and travel blogs I'd read about these wonderful palm sized custard tarts, so I had to give them a try. What a treat! It's Lisbon's version of New Orleans beignets. In New Orleans you have to try them at Cafe du Monde. In Lisbon you need to go to Pasteis de Belém which is just a short walk from the coach (the riding carriages, not the handbags) museum.
There's usually a line but it moves fast. It's said they serve 10,000 a day so they are always fresh. They come out warm and gooey with a flaky crust We went there a couple of times during our short stay in Lisbon.
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Lisbon (Lisboa, Portuguese pronunciation: [liʒˈboɐ]) is the capital and largest city of Portugal. It is considered an alpha global city and is the seat of the district of Lisbon and the main city of the Lisbon region. Its municipality, which matches the city proper excluding the larger continuous conurbation, has a municipal population of 564,477 in 84.8 km2 (33 sq mi), while the Lisbon Metropolitan Area in total has around 2.8 million inhabitants, and 3.34 million people live in the broader agglomeration of Lisbon Metropolitan Region (includes cities ranging from Leiria to Setúbal).
Due to its economic output, standard of living, and market size, the Grande Lisboa (Greater Lisbon) subregion is considered the second most important financial and economic centre in the Iberian Peninsula. The Lisbon region is the wealthiest region in Portugal and it is well above the European Union's GDP per capita average – it produces 37% of the Portuguese GDP. It is also the political centre of the country, as seat of government and residence of the Head of State.