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Brussels Notes: Forcado Pastelaria

Brussels Notes: Forcado Pastelaria

Pasteis de nata is a traditional Portuguese pastry with a crispy, folded dough on the outside and creamy egg filling inside. Eaten warm with a thick layer of cinnamon on top makes it a perfect delicacy!

Well, I know how delicious Pasteis de nata are since our trip to Porto last year where I fell in love not only with the city but also with Pasteis de nata. As true experts, we now know that Pasteis de nata is best served warm, that it doesn’t taste as good when it’s not fresh, and that cinnamon on top is a must.

We made big plans of finding a recipe and trying it at home, but we have yet to do so. So far, our excuses were: no recipe, no time, no courage and existence of Portuguese cafes in Brussels. Well, so far, we have found two Portuguese cafes serving great nata.

Forcado Pastelaria

Forcado Pastelaria is a nice long walk away, which is a pro and con at the same time. It’s good that it’s not just around the corner because we would buy Pasteis de nata daily which would have its consequences. Going there is an occasion, and on the way back we have the opportunity to burn out all the calories. But the distance is a con because we cannot buy Pasteis de nata whenever we want.

Forcado is open Tuesday to Sunday and you can either enjoy their homemade pastries in a tea room, accompanied by a steaming cup of tea or coffee. Or you can buy Pasteis de nata to go, together with other Portugal products sold here, such as wine, jams, sardines, etc.

The tea room is a calm, bright space with a minimalistic design, lots of natural light, and comfortable chairs. Last time, we arrived extra early, to be one of the first people in. I loved to sit, enjoy the moment, and witness how the weekend unfold.

Here are a few pictures from our recent morning coffee date at Forcado Pastelaria.

Forcado Pastelaria

Forcado Pastelaria

Forcado Pastelaria


We finally bookmarked a recipe for Pasteria de nata, and we plan to give it a try over the weekend. I hope it’s not going to be a total disaster. In which case, we’ll have to long for a while 😉