Lisboa Patisserie

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London mecca for Portuguese patisserie
Just north of Notting Hil's Portobello Rd [see market entry], Golborne Rd is known for its Moroccan and Portuguese cultural offerings, with this patisserie (linked to a deli just opposite) clearly the most known and loved establishment in the area. There's normally a queue to get a table (indoor or outdoor) or to take away any of the Portuguese specialities on offer, including London's possibly best nata (aka pastel de nata — Portugal's signature flaky-pastry custard tart, which is best had well-done and blackened) — and galão (espresso-based milky coffee served in a glass, unlike the similar chinesa). Opened in 1983 by Philippines-born Celia Gomes (with Portuguese husband Carlos), Lisboa makes literally dozens of pastries — including cheesecake, Argentino, Dina Marques, palmier, bombocado, pão de leite (milk bread) and the specially recommended white-bean feijão (though no longer made with white beans) — as well as sandwiches and other savoury options. This is not upmarket patisserie, but much of it looks and tastes authentically ethnic despite its being made nearly 1,600km from Lisbon. A 2018 interview revealed that Lisboa produces about two-and-a-half thousand natas a day (and more at the weekend). Tube stations: Westbourne Park and Ladbroke Grove. There's a small second branch of Lisboa in Camden Town (4 Plender St, closed Mondays). Plus Chelsea (6 World's End Place, SW10) and Stockwell (147 South Lambeth Rd, SW8, just south of Vauxhall).