Much of Sintra's dining options are geared towards making a quick buck off day trippers, but hang around and you'll be treated to a decent selection of authentic tabernas, old-school restaurants and scrumptious pastelarias (pastry shops) slinging the city's famous sweet treats. More recently, a few worthwhile contemporary culinary hot spots have cropped up, giving the dining scene a much-needed boost.

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

Sintra is famous for its luscious sweeties. Fábrica das Verdadeiras Queijadas da Sapa has been fattening up royalty since 1756 with bite-sized queijadas – crisp pastry shells filled with a marzipan-like mix of fresh cheese, sugar, flour and cinnamon. Since 1952, Casa Piriquita has been serving another kind of sweet dream: the travesseiro (pillow), a light puff pastry turned, rolled and folded seven times, then filled with delicious almond-and-egg-yolk cream and lightly dusted with sugar.