Don’t Miss these International Pastry Shops

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, traveling can offer an amazing variety of pastries and treats for you to fall in love with. Let’s take a look at some of the best pastry shops around the globe so you’ll never be without a treat.

Rocambolesc Gelataria, Girona, Spain

Rocambolesc has four shops across Spain and even a new one opening in Houston, Texas. Soft-serve ice cream offers scorched meringue and marshmallow toppings alongside whimsical treats of chocolate dragon eggs and the colomba, similar to the panettone but dove shaped with chocolate, hazelnut and candied orange. For locations:

Patisserie Asako Iwayanagi, Tokyo, Japan

If you’re traveling in Tokyo, don’t pass Pâtisserie Asako Iwayanagi with its elaborate parfait desserts that resemble terrariums. They are crafted in tall glasses of layered cakes, mousses, sorbet and fruit and change with the seasons. Each comes with a map so you don’t miss any of the goodness.

The café also offers gelato, crepes and afternoon tea to pair with Japanese tea, coffee and sake.

Fusto Milano, Milan, Italy

This Italian pastry shop is a one-of-a-kind and features creations by Chef Gianluca Fusto. The shop is an expansive boutique with pastries and chocolate desserts with minimalist and elegant designs. There is also a research lab, workshop and event space offering exclusive classes in design.

Pastéis de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

The only place in the world you can find the famous pastéis de Belém, a custard tart made with the exclusive recipe created in 1837 by the monks of the Jerónimos Monastery. After using egg whites to starch their garments, the monks used the excess yolks to create a crisp and flaky tart with layers like a croissant and light custard.

Although similar pastries can be found around Portugal, only Pastéis de Belém, located across the street from the monastery, uses the secret, original recipe. Don’t miss this if you’re in Lisbon.

Patisserie Gilles Marchal, Paris, France

You can’t go to Paris without sitting at a small café and eating a pastry. It’s practically against the law. This shop is run by chef Gilles Marchal, known for his madeleines (in flavors like lemon zest, grand cru dark chocolate, pine honey and pistachio) and his sablé (shortbread) cookies. Visit in January to try the galette des rois (King’s Cake). The café is warm and inviting although compact.

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