In a cozy bakery in Boston’s South End, where sticky buns drip with caramel pecans and donuts are sold out by noon, a cheeky sign above the register proclaims: “Make life sweeter - eat dessert first.”
There’s no arguing with pastry chef Joanne Chang, whose Flour bakery sees crowds lining up as early as 7 a.m. for her signature treats. Indeed, the best places for dessert inspire you to throw out all the rules—eat with moderation, save the best for last—and give in to sugary bliss, no matter what the time of day.
As part of T+L’s coverage of the Best Places to Eat Like a Local, we surveyed the globe for the finest desserts, such as ricotta-and-chocolate-stuffed pastries in Rome and the “mango avalanche” in Taipei, shaved ice piled high with fresh fruit, mango pudding, and sorbet.
Whether as an antidote to a long day of exploring or a quick pick-me-up between sightseeing stops, these sweets can define their destination in just one bite.
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Try Martine's chocolates (400 East 82nd street, in Manhatten or http://martineschocolates.com/), the best I've ever tasted!
you can't leave out Laduree! Their macaroons are the amazing. I have them shipped to the states from paris a couple times a year and never miss a trip when I'm in France because they're so good!
I like #2, But, leaving out both French and Indian sweets is just naive.
You are Indian right?
Then you are the naive one
Once in your lifetime you try Kulfi ,Jilebi . its available in Patel brothers.
you will fall in love,I am not exaggerating ................
Manila's Halo-halo should have been in the list. It is getting popular even in other countries in Asia.
What? No one gave the author permission to enter Switzerland?
How can you leave out the French croissants???
Please do yourself a favor and check out Pietown in New Mexico. All of their pies are made the old fashioned way and all are woderful.
Not a single Parisian bakery on this list – Angelina and Laduree both offer some of the best pastries I have ever had!
Reading various CNN " best food around the world"..be it best breakfast yesterday or best desserts today or whatnot...South Asian food is never mentioned..I invite the various authors to try them out because the only reason I can think of is they have never had the chance
you will definitely be 'fatt' if you eat at Loong Fatts Confectionery Store lol
Oh man,I LOVE deSSErt!!!
I'm salviating just thingking about it.
Why is New Orleans marketed as a city of fine food? Every time an ad appears and shows a fat Republican shoveling oil covered shell fish into his mouth I experience nausea. New Orleans is a white trash destination.
What an idiotic thing to say.
I thought liberals were supposed to me open minded about other cultures and ideologies. Funny you say white trash when it is probably the LEAST white city in America. I guess this is what the public schools are churning out these days. Good job snowflake.
This has to be one of the dumbest comments I have ever read on this msg board...wow.
Says someone who has CLEARLY never been anywhere near New Orleans.
I want it all!!!
Nothing like pastries and desserts from Germany. Unless it is apple pie from the Pielab in
I like to always skip desert after dinner, couldn't stand to be a fat person.
Maybe you should have a smaller portion of dinner and try a bite or two of dessert.
As they say you should only eat till you feel full and no more which is what I do. I am 6'-0" and only 170-175#, deserts just arnen't appealing to me. All the sweets in the pics look disgusting.
I am 6'2" and I am 175-180lbs. I eat dessert almost every day and I work out 4 times a week. Most of the desserts in the pictures are appealing to me. Its how to balance your calories that matters Clown.
I'm 5'3" and weight 293-pounds. And I eat myself into a sugar coma twice a day, and working out... never.
Never believe anyone who boasts about their dimension online.
Many of the desserts here are presented as culinary works-of-art. I believe most level-headed folks understand that the pictured desserts are delicacies meant to be consumed as occasional treats, as on special occasions. Not AFTER EVERY DINNER, as you imply before going into your Mr. Atlas routine.
In distorting the intent of the article – deliberately or otherwise – you exposed your loneliness and crankiness. No one here cares about your dietary regimen because we don't know you. The anonymous web is a poor substitute for friends and loved ones who would care.
I hope you form some close relationships with real people who take a personal interest you, so you don't have to resort to finding excuses for phony holier-than-thou criticism.
You sound like a very shallow person.
None of these come close to Twinkies.
Never have I tasted a Twinkie in my life.
I am so glad Habbibah's is on the list. I love their knafeh.
I thought for sure that "Mike's" in Boston or Masuer's in New Jersey would make the top 10.
Ice Monster is highly recommended. Eat it slow and enjoy the somewhat warmer ending as well. The aroma shifts and twirls like seasons in every different layer. Enjoy Taipei as well, since the location is at a very nice local market. Food for the soul too.
you are all wrong! The best dessert I have ever had is my wife's homemade peach cobbler made with fresh local peaches
That are tree ripened. Can' t wait for the early summer and a new crop!
Don't forget homemade pecan pie when it's made properly. Nummy.
Oh, I love peach cobbler! I make a killer one with organic white peaches and a sour-cream crust.
The best baklava I have ever had were from a bakery in Syria. They didn't have that cloying, sticky-sweetness of the Greek version (Greeks use honey, Syrians use sugar syrup). They were nutty and fresh, and hinted of rose water.
There are so many reasons to mourn what is happening is Syria.
This article should be called "Best desserts from where I've been", because F those outher countries.
Stay put in your parents' basement, Flabbio. Your mum will bring you all the Ben & Jerry's you want.
Still, what about Key Lime Pie?
How can the author did not find any dessert from India? I am really surprised.......
I'm amazed that no french pastry shops were shown. I've had some of the best pastries ever on the Champs Elysees and in a small pastry shop in the town of Versailles. However, of all the pastries they've shown, I'm positive that the Viennese pastries are the best. There was a Viennese pastry shop in NYC called Eclair years ago. It was also a restaurant. It had the best pastries in NYC. It's closed now...
Where is Saray Muhallebi of Turkey? They have so many varieties and they all taste sooo delicious!!!
Oh good lord, that mango avalanche looks like something that would have me staring into the face of god. As far as I'm concerned, that's the most perfect desert in the world.
I had thin in Jamaca.
where are the pasteis de belem? cooked cream ftw! http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UC1JLyibJE8/TfkjTvfBoJI/AAAAAAAAAPU/dYFLiSduXiI/s400/DSC_0164.JPG
Absolutely nothing can beat a large platter of Sarah Palin's famous s'mores.
Palin, be gone! But leave the s'mores here.
Palin's 15 minutes are over, Palintwit. Deal with it.
That mango dessert looks amazing. That is the only one that appeals to me. I lie, that one and all of the others.
Beignets suck....truly, the most overrated thing on the planet besides maybe Kim Kardashian. Beignets are awful. Flavorless dough and powdered sugar. French for "sucks."
Where are the Lamingtons on picture number 9?
I was wondering the same thing! Wonder if the person who wrote the article even knows what a Lamington looks like???
You are correct, Sir. Nary a Lamington to be seen in that photo.
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