The road to Sintra is paved with sweet temptations. We stopped for a coffee at Pastelaria Gregório and couldn’t resist eating one of their travesseiros (pillows). They were still warm, the layers of dough fusing with the rich almond cream. Our palates were so delighted that we asked for a queijada, another classic Sintra pastry. A plate with several miniature queijadas arrived and, although we tried, it was impossible to eat only one.
Gregório Ribeiro started producing and selling these wonderful queijadas in 1890. The business continues to be in the family. Gregório’s great-grandchildren work at the pastry store, making sure that the quality is exceptional, baking the pastries in small batches so that everything is fresh out of the oven.
There was a constant flow of regular customers who came in for their favorite sweet treats: almond tarts, bolos de amor (love cakes), broas de mel (honey cakes), and much more. We asked Teresa Matos, the owner of Pastelaria Gregório, whether they’re always this busy.
“Christmas is our toughest season,” she answered. “Customers love our traditional Bolo Rei (king’s cake) so there’s always a long line outside the store. We know it’s frustrating to wait for so long to buy our cake. But we don’t want to bake the cakes in advance because they lose their freshness.”
“Is the cake really worth the wait?” we asked. “You need to decide for yourself,” said Teresa with a mischievous smile. In December we’ll be waiting in line to find out.
Pastelaria Gregório is located at Av. D. Francisco de Almeida 33/35 in Sintra, tel. 219-232-733.
12 thoughts on “Sweet temptations in Sintra”
Gregorio’s pastry is indeed wonderful!! 🙂
But in my opinion, for Queijadas you should try them at Sapa, it’s located at Volta do Duche, they are … (I’m in lust for one!!! :))…
The best Travesseiros can be found at Piriquita, right in the middle of Sintra! 🙂
Gregorio’s are wonderful, but these…
I know, I’ve been living nearby for my whole live! Lucky me! 😉
Our problem is we love all of them!
lovely! I can almost taste them from my home here in Bristol!
I can’t think of anything to say that has not been said.
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Delicious blog. Can’t wait to get back to Portugal and will definitely try some of these!
We hope you’ll come visit soon!
Great work! May I share some of your publications? One of my goals is to show my beautiful country and its attractions.
When we first moved to Portugal in September, we tried to avoid any and all sobremesas. We failed, miserably, and these kinds of pastries are why!
It is human to fall for a queijada or travesseiro.