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Pastry and chocolate shops in Boston

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Hi I am going to be in Boston attending my niece's wedding next weekend and will have a little spare time. I would appreciate any recommendations for wonderful European style pastries and artisan chocolates. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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I have a slight preference for Maria's over Modern in the North End, but I don't go to either frequently enough to tell you for certain that this preference isn't imagined.

You can buy chocolates (as well as one of the richest cups of hot chocolate you'll ever find) from LA Burdick in Harvard Square. Somerville MA is home to Taza Chocolate, who makes stone-ground, Mexican-style chocolate bars. You can find them in many stores in the area.

There's lots more on pastries in this chowhound topic.

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Other Boston pastry favorites:

Flour Bakery & Cafe

Finale Desserterie & Bakery

There are some good neighborhood bakeries, if you're planning on venturing out of the downtown area. Two personal favorites:

Canto 6, in Jamaica Plain (no website that I can find). excellent brioche, croissants, and cannelles.

Danish Pastry House, a bit further afield in Watertown and Medford. Their marzipan-filled pastries, especially their kringle, are amazing.

Additional chocolate recommendations:

Hotel Chocolat, downtown Boston

Serenade Chocolatier in nearby Brookline Village

Tazo Chocolate, mentioned above, offers factory tours in nearby Somerville

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You can buy chocolates (as well as one of the richest cups of hot chocolate you'll ever find) from LA Burdick in Harvard Square.

Avoid the cakes, though, when I've had them the slices are stale from sitting out too long. And wee tiny slices they are, too.

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Thanks for all your recommendations. I'll report back when I get back. Cheers

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