Alcoa, a pastry store in the historical town of Alcobaça, has been producing magical concoctions of flour, sugar and eggs since 1957. They use ancient recipes developed by monks of the order of Cister from two local monasteries, Alcobaça and Santa Maria do Coa.
Alcoa’s pastries have always been revered in the Alcobaça region. But outside the region, only a few knowledgeable gourmets made regular pilgrimages to taste Alcoa’s delights. That all changed when Alcoa started winning top prizes in the annual competition for the best “pastel de nata.” Suddenly, Alcobaça became a destination for dessert lovers.
Neophytes journeyed to Alcoa for the “pastel de nata” only to find a new world of delights with whimsical names and exotic shapes: cornucopias, Saint Peter’s secret, fradinho (little monk), eggs of paradise, and much more. The happiness of Lisbon residents plummeted with the knowledge that these heavenly sweets were 120 km away. Luckily, the owners of Alcoa felt pity for Lisbon’s dwellers and decided to bring their sweet alchemy to Chiado. And now, happiness has returned to the capital city.
The original Alcoa pastry store is on Praça 25 de Abril, 44 in Alcobaça, tel. 262 597 474. The new store in Lisbon is on Rua Garret, 37-39, Chiado, tel 21 1367183.
14 thoughts on “A taste of Alcobaça in Lisbon”
They look wickedly delectable 🙂 🙂
They are delicious!
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Hi Angela, thank you for the invitation, we would be happy to participate.
Portugal seems to have a lot of tales about Monks coming up with delicious recipes. I thought they spent most of their time praying!
There’s more incentive to pray when you can have on earth a glimpse of the delights of heaven.
What is the filling? Apricot?
It is a traditional mixture of egg yolks and sugar called “ovos moles”.
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What a sweet comment, thanks!