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Boston's Sweet Spots

Some of the tastiest sweets in Boston come from Bread + Butter, a French-inspired bakery in the North End (64 Cross St. 617/248–6900). Through the store’s side window, you can watch owner, Lee Napoli, prepare huge flaky croissants, brown butter pear tarts, and éclairs. Savory offerings include kale and veggie salads, sandwiches stuffed with roast turkey, cheddar, and avocado, along with a nice selection of coffee drinks.

Luscious muffins—including the best-selling "morning glories" (carrot-raisin muffins)—are baked at the South End’s Appleton Bakery (123 Appleton St. 617/859–8222), which also serves lunch.

Chocolatier and Boston native Larry Burdick spent years in France and Switzerland perfecting his craft before opening LA Burdick's (52–D Brattle St. Cambridge 617/491–4340 www.burdickchocolate.com) known for its unbelievably decadent hot chocolate and bite-size gourmet chocolates shaped like mice (complete with almond ears). As you sit at one of the shop’s small tables nibbling a macaroon or Linzer torte, you may even forget what country you're in.

Only the iron-willed can walk out of Sweet (49 Massachusetts Ave., Boston 617/247–2253 Hynes) without a dark chocolate or red velvet cupcake. With four locations, including one in Cambridge, the shops also offer frosting shots for a quick icing fix.

Updated: 2014-04-16

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