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Best Desserts Around the World

By Travel + Leisure Staff
3/18/2013 1:21:49 PM

Appeared as "100 Places to Eat Like a Local: Sweets" in T+L Magazine

Courtesy of Ice Monster

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.

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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.

-Nikki Ekstein

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