Sweet Belem Cake Boutique
Famed for its pastéis de nata, this Portuguese cafe pulls in the crowds for its traditional pastries year after year
There has to be something magical about Sweet Belem's Portuguese tarts that keeps people coming back. Maybe it's because they stray from tradition and serve them warm and a little bit singed, with gooey, slightly caramelised custard that melts on your tongue, or maybe it's the satisfying crisp of layered, golden pastry. Either way, the folk at Sweet Belem serve over 1000 of these little gems a day, and often sell out too soon.
At $3.80 a pop, it's worth heading to Petersham — known as 'Little Portugal' to buy some — if only for a box of these little bowls of joy alone. Aside from the pastel de nata, there are croissants, milk bread, classic palmiers, Portuguese lamingtons and birthday cakes. You can also stop in and enjoy a coffee with your vanilla slice.
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