The Jerominos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal
Exploring the Belém district, filled with some iconic landmarks and many architectural and historical sights, is on most people’s to-do list when visiting Lisbon. Situated southwest of the center of the capital, Belém is located on the Tagus River and was once a major maritime port.
While there you need to take a trip to Pasteis de Belém. The first owners of this well-known pastry shop (which was a sugar refinery at that time) purchased the recipe in the 1830s from the monks of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos Monastery first sold the pastries as a way to raise money. Flaky on the outside and creamy on the inside, they are delicious pastries, and it didn’t take long for the Pasteis de Belém to become one of the most popular pastry shops in Lisbon. A visit is a must, and while indoor seating is provided, the waits can be really long, so most visitors take their pastries to go.