Flour Bakery, Boston: Call ahead to reserve your sticky bun—these caramel-smothered, pecan-studded brioche rolls are among the best you’ll ever have. No wonder they sell out in mere hours.
Charly’s Bakery, Cape Town: Where to find Cape Town’s premier buttercream-frosted everythings? Behind a pastel-pink-and-white façade resembling a giant layer cake, of course. Our preferred pairing: the “wicked” chocolate cake, topped with a layer of dark ganache. 38 Canterbury St.
Gion Kinana, Kyoto, Japan: With a taste akin to peanut butter, kinako, or roasted soybean flour, is as quintessentially Japanese as matcha. It’s the signature ingredient at this tiny ice cream shop, inside a traditional wooden merchant’s house in the Gion geisha district. 570-119 Gion-machi Minami-gawa.
Xocolatl, Lima, Peru: Sumptuous cakes; spiced bonbons; bars crowned with fruit—everything in the pastry cases at this high-design chocolate boutique spotlights cacao from the Amazonian rain forest. 111 Calle Manuel Bonilla.
Al Jawda, Marrakesh: Stock up on dried dates and mountain honey while nibbling on a dizzying array of baked treats, some filled with figs and nuts and others infused with orange-flower water. 11 Rue de la Liberte; 212-52/543-3897.
Gelateria Millennium, Rome: Located just outside the Vatican, this husband-and-wife operation is known for its funky range of flavors (such as mascarpone pear and persimmon). 2/A Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Dallal, Tel Aviv: These aren’t your bubby’s pastries. Hidden on a charming Neve Tzedek side street, Dallal churns out refined takes on old-time Jewish comfort foods, from rugelach and muffins to poppy-seed tarts.
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