Much of the charm of Lisboa comes from the ever-evolving union of tradition and contemporaneity, of old and new, local and global living together. The city is full of amazing stores that, while maintaining the commerce that keeps the city alive, help remind us of this connection to the past, of its place in portuguese culture, and how important it is to preserve it aiming towards the future.
For the gourmands and cake lovers, there is nothing like having a pastry shop nearby, 'pastelaria' in portuguese. In your travels around Lisboa you will find those, and also ice-cream shops, cake shops, and bakeries aswell. The shops presented here are specially inviting, because they have lived through decades, constantly renewing their vitality for the modern days, and always offering a tradition of house-made quality products. Take your time to check their window displays, and dig in!
When it opened in 1922, Pastelaria Versailles was the first big pastry shop of Avenidas Novas, an area of the city that was just beginning to develop. Nowadays, you can find a table and enjoy its heavily ornamented interior and appreciate their pastries, breakfast, lunch and diner meals, and see how, after all these years, it still manages to gather a big crowd of costumers every day.
The oldest bakery of Lisboa, Confeitaria Nacional dates back to 1829, always run by the same family! This is the birthplace of the famous portuguese christmas cake 'Bolo-Rei', after a recipe brought from Paris. It is still produced according to the original instructions, and a very popular sell. When you enter the shop, you will immediately notice the incredible amount of house-made pastries, cakes and sweets looking back at you. It is one of the most visited pastry-shops in the capital.
This lovely pastry shop is 150 years old, and has witnessed a few memorable events throughout its history! Located in Chiado since 1902, Pastelaria Benard became a known meeting point for locals and visitors, serving fresh pastries and meals and offering a beautiful interior and a lovely esplanade. Because of its location in Rua Garrett, it can be hard to find room, but if you pass by, here's a suggestion: try their famous croissants!
In 1936, an italian decided to leave his home to try his luck in America. On the way, he passed through Portugal and decided to stay in Lisboa to open A Veneziana, probably the first ice-cream shop in the city! Giovanni De Lucca passed on his recipes using all-natural ingredients, and today the store continues that family tradition, in several shops across the capital and constantly adding new flavors.
This peculiar pastry shop dates from the 1940's, and quickly became the preferred spot for artists and architects of the time to meet up. And that connexion materialized in the store itself! Upon entering the shop, you can enjoy the traces of surrealist and modernist influence in the design of the place, aswell as the ceramic panel by Querubim Lapa, nowadays a symbol of A Mexicana. The house regularly gets full, offering pastries and lunch and diner menus aswell.
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