Delicious Pastries From Around the World
Where to find the flakiest, butteriest, most delicate pastries on Earth.
The most remarkable thing about trying pastries around the world is how different they are from country to country. The baking principles might be the same across continents—flaky crusts, distinctive layers, soft, buttery insides—but the outcomes are endlessly varied. In the U.S., Greece, and Argentina, for example, puff pastry is often used to make savory and sweet pastries. But the finished products in Argentina might be nearly unrecognizable to a baker in Athens.
A good traveler wants to eat like the locals do, and that includes trying the classic pastries in towns known for their baked goods. If Italian children grew up eating arancini and biscotti, then that’s what you should try in Italy. If families in Montreal bring home good baguettes and high-end chocolate on the weekends, then those are the first thing to seek out when you cross the border into Canada.
Whether you’re a pastry fiend, or you’re trying to get a holistic taste of a new city, this guide will explain what pastries to try (and where to find them) in some of the best destinations for baked goods around the world.