Dear Travelettes,

Let me make a confession: Since I arrived in Lisbon I’ve eaten a cake, or some kind of traditional sweet, every day. That is more than 100 cakes the last few months, something that should make me quite a cake-expert (although it’s not the best preparation for the bikini season). When that is said, I read somewhere if you leave Portugal without gaining a couple of kilos you haven’t experienced the country properly. My excuse is that I’m getting to know Portuguese culture, and it is definitely worth it!

If you’re spending some time in Lisbon, make sure not to miss out on my favorite cakes:

Pastéis de Nata. This is the famous Portuguese custard tart, it might not look so interesting – but one bite, and you’re hooked! The most famous (and maybe the best) place to try them is Paisteis de Belém – where they are served warm with cinnamon and sugar powder.


Pastéis de Feijao. This is a cake made out of beans, it sounds a bit strange and it doesn’t look too interesting – but the taste is divine! The best ones I’ve had, I’ve bought at the small kiosk at Largo de Camoes. I think they import them from one of the most famous bakeries for this type of cake. You can also get mini-Queijoadas at the same spot, and since it’s just a mouthful I’m sure you can take one of these as well.

Cupcakes from Tease bakery. The cupcakes are as delicious as they look; I can’t get enough! At this rock n’ roll bakery you also have supercomfy chairs, very friendly staff and free tea to go with your cupcake.



Bom apetite!


Kathrine Opshaug BakkeKathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

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