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Sweet Belem Cake Boutique

Famed for its pastéis de nata, this Portuguese cafe pulls in the crowds for its traditional pastries year after year
By Chloe Collard and Gary Brun
July 01, 2023
By Chloe Collard and Gary Brun
July 01, 2023

There has to be something magical about Sweet Belem's Portuguese tarts that keeps people coming back. Maybe it's because it strays from tradition and serves 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 1,000 of these little gems a day, often selling out too soon.

At just a few dollars 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.

And if you've got a birthday or a baby shower coming up, and would like it catered, Sweet Belem has you covered. Its catering menu includes the famous tarts, as well as raspberry mousses, apple puff pastries, chocolate brownies, raisin scrolls, a great range of doughnuts and large cakes, including orange almond cakes and baked chocolate tarts. 

Sweet Belem Portuguese custard tarts

Images: Sweet Belem by Socialmediasoup

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