Top 5 Dessert Bars in Lisbon
The easiest place to find desserts in Lisbon would be on the menus of any decent restaurants regardless of the cuisine.
In Lisbon you can eat from Morocco to Japan, with all the desserts that come with it. Isolated dessert bars come in the form of bakeries, tea houses and ice cream parlors, with the addition of one very special dessert spot that will be number four on our list.
Read on for more!
1. Landeau Chocolate in Lisbon
Without sounding too exaggerated, Landeau Chocolate will probably be the best chocolate cake experience you have in your life.
This cake house has been part of the city center for quite some time now, and the overwhelming success they received allowed them to open up a second spot out in Belem, followed by two more in the city north.
The menu is simple: hot drinks, pastel de natas (occasionally), and a chocolate cake to haunt you for the rest of your life.
Word of this cake spread around the city like wildfire, mostly because about 50% of their customers will go back for another round the day after their first experience. It’s understandable, and it makes this one of the best spots for dessert in the Portuguese capital.
Address: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 7pm
ADDRESS: Rua das Flores 70, 1200-195 Lisboa, Portugal
Train STATION: Cais do Sodre
2. Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon
Another spot that did its rounds via word of mouth, and is now highly regarded as the best place to eat pastel de natas in all of Lisbon.
The Pastéis de Belém bakery is in Belém, as the name gives away. Every day, thousands of tourists come through these doors and queue up to taste this renowned Portuguese dessert.
This historic bakery has been serving these treats right here since 1837. Yes, going on 200 years of custard tart goodness and no end in sight.
The queues can get long; if you’re coming to enjoy your dessert here then opt for a dine-in table instead as there are 400 seats in the restaurant area and you’ll have a far more enjoyable experience.
Be extra cheeky and order some as a take away after your initial dessert — this way you skip the lines completely!
Address: Monday to Sunday — 8am to 11pm
ADDRESS: R. de Belém 84 92, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal
Train STATION: Belem
3. Amorino Chiado in Lisbon
Ice cream is probably the most popular dessert in Lisbon, especially in the summer. Good gelato is not hard to find; there are parlors within walking distance at all times, especially in the city center.
Amorino is a widely recognized name in frozen treats in Europe. I usually try to avoid big franchises and support small businesses instead, especially with treats like ice cream, but Amorino makes an effort to cater to the environmentally friendly community as well, so this I can get behind.
Here you’ll choose from a wide range of ice cream options, with an equally as optional section of vegan ice cream as well.
Amornio are also one of the most Instagram-worthy desserts in town; they don’t scoop their gelato, they instead carve and sculpt it into giant edible flowers. Do a hashtag search on social media if you don’t believe me.
You can also dine in and eat your scoops on a waffle or crepe!
Address: Monday to Sunday — 10:30am to 12am
ADDRESS: R. Garrett 49, 1200-203 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Rossio-Lisboa
4. Pop Cereal Café in Lisbon
As promised, a slightly unusual yet entirely unique dessert option that I find fantastic.
The Pop Cereal Cafe is in Chiado. It’s exactly what the name suggests: a cereal cafe.
This might sound crazy, but a bowl of sugary sweet cereal after a savory meal actually makes for a mind blowing dessert option.
The cafe holds hundreds of cereal options from all over the world. You’ll choose your base cereal, your milk (vegan options available) and your toppings if necessary. They will even put a scoop of ice cream on top of your bowl if this is what your heart desires.
Childhood memories are bound to come up, and you’ll likely be tempted to return the next morning to eat your former dessert as your breakfast in round two.
Needless to say this is an excellent spot to bring kids at any time of the day. They open early and close late!
Address: Monday to Sunday — 9am to 12am
ADDRESS: R. do Norte 64, 1200-365 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Baixa Chiado
5. Zarzuela in Lisbon
Zarzuela is a really wonderful bakery doing great things for both of these health movements. The entire bakery is gluten free, which means no risk of cross contamination for people with Celiacs.
There are also very few places in Lisbon where you’ll find gluten free pastel de natas, especially not ones this good.
In addition to this, they also bake a lot of dairy and egg free treats, suitable for vegans or lactose-free eaters. It’s wonderful to stop by here for a dessert snack before venturing back onto the streets of Cais do Sodre.
The famous pink street is just a few steps from Zarzuela, as is the Time Out Market where you’ll find a bunch more dessert stalls to browse.
Address: Wednesday to Monday — 9am to 7pm
ADDRESS: R. Bernardino Costa 21-23, 1200-052 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Cais do Sodre
Joining at least one free guided walking tour while in Lisbon is as important as hunting down good desserts and great pastel de natas. Book yours today — they’re likely to fill up!