A dangerous, but utterly fantastic place! - Dangerous, because you run the risk of getting fat. Fantastic, because it's like a miniature version of custard heaven.
The patisserie/bakery is part of a little Portuguese ghetto - with the Lisboa Delicatessen shop right across from it and a little Portuguese stationary shop right next to it. Don't expect anything posh or fancy - it's a down-to-earth bakery, where real people eat real custards, so to speak.
In order to make the best out of this place, I suggest two options:
1) You come here on multiple occasions, as there's so many different things that will tempt your palette. You simply can't eat all of it in one visit, but you simply have to try most of it!
2) You talk to your bosses and persuade them to host a Portuguese Happy Hour - that way you can buy a variety of lots of different pastries and you get to sample a lot! (This was the option that I went for.)
I really love this place - but I suggest you come by on a non-weekend day, as the crowds are simply off-putting.
A little Portuguese deli close to Portobello Road but in a Portuguese area of town I'd never seen before. However, this is the only place on the street with a queue outside of it. To be fair, the servers are very slow and very Portuguese, but we finally got to the counter they were already out of the traditional egg custard tart because it was late in the day (4:30 pm) but had a similar tart with a different shell but the same filling. I couldn't get enough of the filling but the shell I had was quite hard and I didn't like it much. And 1.50 for a small egg tart! I found that a bit expensive.
A hole in the wall place with some seriously delicious Portuguese desserts. The egg custard, coconut custard, cream filled flaky goodness pastries are seriously a party in my mouth.
Always bustling and is already a favorite hotspot for me in London.
The 23 bus will drop you off at Goldborne Rd right in front of trellick tower....as you get off the bus walk down the street to your left. go across the bridge and it's on your left.
The immigrant community is awesome to see and plenty of moroccan restaurants to have dinner at before hand.
Amazing hole in the wall place with the best Portugese pastries. I personally had the egg tart and the coconut tart, which were absolutely amazing.
This seemed like a great place to meet local immigrants and chat with strangers as well. Great food always helps bring people together.
I am back in the US now, but dream of stopping by the next time I head to Portobello Road in London.
Busy Busy Busy
I can't imagine even attempting to eat in here. But there are plenty of others constantly trying.
tons of different kinds of pastries strewn about.
pasteis de nata = happy Ash
Ordered some to go* while we walked along and window shopped on Golborne road. mmm the mellow eggy creamy middle and the crusty butter ridden shell.
My love. ahhhh. It makes me proud to be a port. or at least half of one anyway.
*It can get crazy in there and is not the place to be polite. It's like ordering at a bar, just elbow up to an empty spot at the counter and stare someone down til they catch your eye. smiling of course :)
Local institution, with pasteis de nata that make me want to go and live in Portugal.
Always busy and often sold out of the best items by mid afternoon. As everyone else says below try and grab a table if you can. The atmosphere is a large part of what makes this place great, and is far more representative of the local community than sitting outside the Electric.
IF you don't fancy the custard tarts the my other particular favorites are the coconut tart, and the rice cake (much better than it sounds).
This is one of the best places to go in London full stop. Not only will you find the best pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) short of actually visiting the real Lisbon. You'll do it in an incredible corner of London.
This café could easily be in Portugal or southern Europe, the staff still answer many of their customers in portuguese and the workers in the grocers shop they have over the road really only speak portuguese. This only makes me love being a Londoner even more to be honest.
Best to come during the week as even then it is busy. At the weekend it's impossible to get a seat. Coffee is good, as are their birthday cakes. Oh and check out the tiles on the wall. Beautiful!
Then there is the setting.
While Portobello Road has become infected with chain shops and excessive numbers of Tourists the most northerly part of North Kensington, where Portobello Road meets Golborne Road and then along Golborne Road itself to the Canal is one of the least gentrified and touristy parts of Central London.
The diversity of this working class area of Central London and sense of community is something that makes it well worth a visit. A real glimpse of London life, Friday afternoons is the best time to come when there are barely any tourists this far North and Londoners with roots in Portugal, Morocco, Palestine, Jamaica, The Windrush Islands, Spain, Somalia, Eritrea, West Africa, umpteen other countries, and numerous caribbean islands come together to go about their lives. The best time to visit is when Friday prayers finish at the local Mosque, so come mid-afternoon Friday if you can.
This is the core of the community that created Notting Hill Carnival and alongside people from all over London it sustains it. In fact the sound systems and vibe in this area are among of the highlights of Carnival itself.
Custard donuts that overflow the yellow goodstuff are always welcome with me. Shall I buy one, or two.... or wait a minute there's about 100 other things I'd like to try here.
I think my advice for my future self will have to be to ignore everything else edible at Portobello Road Market so that by the time I reach its furthest end I'm famished and flush with cash. This should then allow me to at least sample 10% of the offerings at Lisboa Patisserie, including the donuts, the custard tarts and the choziro or parma ham rolls.
I've been a bit obsessed with pasteis de nata or custard tarts ever since visiting the one and only real deal in Lisbon (Casa Pastéis de Belém).
The ones at Nandos are pretty decent, maybe because they're served warm. The ones at Patisserie Valerie were horrible -- soggy and chewy!
I liked the ones here. Good flavor, good texture. I think the shop is great... Totally loud, chaotic, busy with people spilling out the doors. Feels very authentic and Portuguese.
Institution this place.
Awesome cakes that would give any Portuguese bakery a run..
If there's one place I miss most in London, it's this place.
Sure you can't always get a table or perfect service but hey, the cakes are awesome.
I'm always amazed about people having an opinion on food and culture that isn't their own....
So, I will give you mine from where I am cultured... The cakes are spot on...
And the rest can review their own food.... Especially your flavour from tin cans...
Wonderful ol' world charm that still exists in this far-flung corner of trendy Portobello Road, North Kensington. Come here to Q for the Portuguese tarts and caffe latte and soak in the atmosphere. Decor is simple and plain, don't miss the wonderful blue-tiled mural opposite the service counter! 2 tarts for £1.80.
Old school Portuguese cafe which is terribly busy with exasperated staff. No fancy artwork or interior design. Just plain good cakes and coffee. Tea and a huge custard doughnut came to just £1.60. Far cheaper than the nearby Hummingbird cafe, ideal if you want a treat on a budget.
If you have a sweet tooth then Lisboa Patisserie is a definitely worth a visit. The custard tarts are legendary, one bite into the creamy pastry and you'll be hooked! There are a huge variety of other pastries and cakes but the custard tart is still my favourite. Popular with the local Portuguese community and just about anyone wanting to experience authentic Portuguese pasties- it seems almost impossible to get a table. Even if your taste buds are more savoury than sweet you will enjoy the hot chocolate and the coffee- Portuguese style!
There's a large Portuguese community in this slightly timewarp corner of town. With its stalls selling fresh grilled fish to people at makeshift plastic chairs and tables you could be in North Africa, or indeed, parts of Portugal, if you manage to con yourself into thinking it's about 20 degrees warmer. This cafe helps add to this illusion. Don't be put off by its slightly grubby appearance or by the fact that many customers will be chatting away in Portuguese. The pasteis de nata are delicious and although you can take away, it's worth trying to grab a table and accompany it with a Portuguese-style hot chocolate for true heart attack inducing fun. If you can't afford a holiday to the sun this year, maybe you could just loosen the purse strings enough for a trip here.
Great place - very authentic feel and yes, pastel de nata is great :-)
Lovely savory pasties with prawn and chicken.
Lisboa makes some of the best cakes in London, all on the premesis. It's a Portugese bakery and cafe very close to Portobello Road and from shortly after it opens at 7am, it's full of people having breakfast of savoury pastries (sausage, ham and cheese), rolls, croissants and cakes. It remains full all day and most of the time there's a queue coming out of the shop as people wait for take away. It's incredible value for money, the rice cakes and custard pastries are particularly good and so are the ham and cheese rolls. The only things that let it down for me are the coffee (although I don't think it's bad, I just don't like the coffee they make) and the service which is usually very abrupt. Even so, I still give it 4 stars because it's the kind of place and makes London what it is.
The only place in London that makes custard tarts that taste the same as those I had in Lisbon
Really good place to get some real portuguese patisserie. I ould not necessarily count on the fact that you can sit down and have your cofe, because it is always very crowded. But in case you are on the Portobello Road Market: go there and get somthing (bolo de arroz, quindim).
What they all said. Pastéis de Nata (egg custard tarts) are the best in London, the coffee is great too, and the Golborne Road is a great place to hang out.
100% authentic no frills Portuguese patisserie. Delicious pasties and pasteis de nata and lowest prices in town
woke up this morning with an incredible craving for one of lisboa's custard tarts. sadly, it's a yen i cannot satisfy, as i'm an ocean away. damn, atlantic. but maybe if i close my eyes i can revel in the custardy goodness in my dreams?
its allways packed u can never sit down on a table especially if you go there as a group or family u have to have ur drink standin up or even better go outside .... for a portuguese caffe its super busy and with wide selection of nice cakes what i dont like is how trashy the place looks im sure they could improve the quality thats what puts me off going there its durty and very untidy ! too bad it has potential to be pretty awesome
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