Pastel de Nata are the creamy, custardy, caramelised tarts that started in Portugal over 180 years ago. In recent times, they have hopped across the pond and taken London by storm, and there’s no question why. From Portuguese restaurants, street food markets, to whole cafes dedicated to these little beauties … here are my top… Read More »
Pastel de Nata are the creamy, custardy, caramelised tarts that started in Portugal over 180 years ago. In recent times, they have hopped across the pond and taken London by storm, and there’s no question why.
From Portuguese restaurants, street food markets, to whole cafes dedicated to these little beauties … here are my top 10 places to eat Pastel de Nata in London (in no particular order!).
If you know anymore make sure you let me know!
1. Lisboa Patisserie, Notting Hill.
For the weekend wanderer.
A no fuss, no frills Portuguese cafe near Portobello, Notting Hill. A little rough around the edges, they sell a whole load of Portguese pastries and cakes, but of course are mostly famous for their glossy, caramelised custard tarts. Expect a long queue, speedy service and table seats that turn around quickly. Take a detour here if you’re around the market.
2. Taberna do Mercado, Spitalfields Market.
For the indulgent.
A classy, Portuguese restaurant in Spitalfields Market that serves dainty but indulgent pastel de nata. The only one I’ve had that ACTUALLY OOZES smooth, creamy, liquid custard. Not really a grab and go nata, more of a grab a friend for a nice afternoon nata. A little birdy tells me they do this by the slice too!!
3. Cafe de Nata, Hammersmith
For the true food lovers.
Cafe de Nata have got a true passion when it comes their custard tarts. Everything is made in their tiny kitchen, with their own hands and in their own words ‘with love’. The time, effort and devotion that goes into one of these pastries is unbelievable, and if you do want to learn it first hand, you can join their Sunday 3-hour masterclass. Contact them for details!
4.Galeta, South Bank Market
For the adventurous.
You can’t miss Galeta at Southbank Food Market just up from the London eye. Their stall is piled high with massive cookies and of course rows of natas. They do a classic custard, sweet raspberry or fresh blueberry, and the whole sharp fruity thing together with the rich custard. Wow. Mind blown. It’s also 4 for £5, and who ever just eats one…
5. Canela, Covent Garden
For the serious types.
A trendy tapas and wine bar in the heart of Covent Garden. Think work lunches and people catching up over a drink and nibbles. A taste of portugal in central London, they do great savoury food, a large selection of wine and some very delicate natas. If you feel the urge to splurge get all three, or just pop in for a hot drink and crispy nata. Like me!
6. I love Natas, Seven Dials
For the sweet tooth.
A cute little café that only serves natas, natas and only natas ( sweet, warm, gooey ones at that). If your more adveturous they’ve recently started doing a savoury cod fish and cream version which I need to try. Sit inside and use their nata shaped shakers to add cinnamon or sugar to your treat, and any family reading this my birthdays in August.
7. Cafe Maderia, Vauxhall
For the South Londoners.
Authentic Portuguese tarts by authentic Portuguese people. Can’t be more authentic than that right? They have a deli, cafe and a restaurant all on one road in South London. I’ve read they supply to the likes of Nandos too and you can’t get more Portuguese then Nandos right? Peri Peri chicken anyone?
For the ones who want to say I’ve eaten in Harrods.
If your in Harrods and looking at the designer handbags, 50 inch tv’s and four poster beds for your pet dog I really commend you. Me? … I head straight for the food court and these pastel de natas are the reason. It also means I can now say I’ve eaten in Harrods. Life goal achieved.
9.The Espresso Room, Covent Garden.
For the coffee lovers.
If you like coffee and love nata this place is for you. A tiny cafe that has just three tables, artisan coffee and fresh pastel de nata. Stalk out a seat and watch the world go by while eating custard wrapped in puff pastry. What’s not to love.
10. Sweet Brigadeiro, Camden Market.
For the cool kids.
In the East Yard of Camden Markets amazing food stalls, this cute little stand sells chocolate truffles too as well as nata. Get something savoury first and end up here for dessert. If you like pastry these are for you! … SERIOUSLY flaky (in a good way).