The moment you step in, sweet smells of sugar and chocolate overwhelm you as you stare in awe at glass cases displaying rows of colorful treats intricately designed that look almost too pretty to eat — almost. An éclair, sprinkled with just the right amount of powdered sugar and filled with green tea custard, is set before you — a pretty pastry to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Sticky cinnamon buns, torte cakes, salted caramel cronuts, and banana split waffles are among the delights available to customers at some of the world’s most famous pastry shops. It’s no wonder treats like these are so widely beloved. In the United States alone, over 173,000 people are employed as bakers; the largest percentage of them resides in California. We’ve compiled 12 of the most famous pastry shops worldwide; every one of which is worth stopping by, even if you’re only in the city for a 24-hour layover.
Read on for 12 of the most famous pastry shops around the world and learn why they’re so popular.