The Arts District | Belem | LISBON

April 2017


A picturesque district to the west of Lisbon, which is the location of many of the capital’s busiest tourist attractions. 

We walked from LXFactory down the river past the MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) which looked incredible from the outside, in hindsight I wish we had gone inside, I think I would have found this more inspiring than the tourists of Belem. 


Jeronimo Monastery – Beautiful white exterior, dark gothic interior and full of tourists so good for a quick glimpse.

Pastelia de Belem – Famous for the Portuguese favourite pastel de nata – egg custard tart, according to locals it’s the best in Lisbon. The line looked scary but they have got their take away service down to 5 mins max – ET VOILA perfectly crispy, creamy custard tarts! Apparently, it’s always busy so unless you go early in the morning do not attempt to sit inside, it’s not worth the stress. 

Jardim Botânico Tropical – We went here to escape the heat and sit down, it’s very wild, un-kept and overgrown which some may not like but that’s why I loved it.


MAAT –  Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

Jeronimo Monastery

Pastel de Nata

Pastelia de Belem

Jardim Botanico Tropical

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