Sweets in the City

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There are some places in the world where I just have to convince myself that calories don’t count— New York City definitely falls into that category. One of my favorite things to do after I touch down in the big apple is satisfy my sweet tooth, so I wanted to share my top places to get the job done. I’m not declaring these are the *best in the city* or anything like that. But trust me, you will not be disappointed if you choose to treat yourself at one of these spots.

1. Ladurée
With two beautifully decorated boutiques in Soho and the Upper East Side, you can rest assured knowing you’ll get your macaron fix in the city. I’ll be honest– it’s on the pricey side. However, a trip to a world famous Ladurée is an experience. The pastel color scheme of the shop instantly puts a smile on my face, the packaging is adorable (and photogenic!), and the traditional french-flavored fluffy cookies make me feel as though I’m eating a cloud.
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2. Grom
After spending six weeks in Italy, I’d yet to find gelato that even compared to what I experienced overseas. Grom ended my search. The chain originated in Italy and is world famous for its high-quality natural ingredients with no added preservatives or coloring. I ordered a pistachio and nocciola cone at the Broadway location and was in gelato heaven.
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3. Magnolia Bakery
Two words: banana pudding. I’ve heard the cupcakes are mouth-watering as well, but I just can’t pass up a cup of this perfect concoction. Visit the Bloomingdale’s location if you need another excuse to go shopping.
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4. Levain Bakery
Think you’ve tried the most delicious cookies in the world? Think again. The massive— and extremely gooey—six-ounce chocolate chip walnut and dark chocolate chocolate chip flavors are truly magical. The line usually stretches down the entire block, but it moves pretty quickly and I can assure you it’s worth it!
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5. Dough
I try not to start the day off by eating sugary treats, but Dough is where I’ll make an exception. The doughnuts are extremely light and fluffy, making them easy to scarf down despite their massive size. The Dulce de Leche is incredible, but even simple flavors like the traditional glazed are to die for. The only downside of indulging at Dough is that you’ll never look at other doughnuts the same way again. Dunkin who?!
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What’s your favorite place grab sweets in the city?

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Top 10 Must-Dos in Charleston

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1. Hot Little Biscuit
This hole in the wall shop serves up an assortment of the best house-made biscuits you’ll ever have. The blackberry jam, cheddar and chive, black pepper bacon, country ham and cinnamon flavors are all to die for. Be prepared for a wait time— but it’s totally worth it!

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2. Charleston City Market
Dating back to 1840, this open-air market stretches four city blocks and holds everything from the famous sweetgrass baskets and handmade jewelry to artwork and southern-style food. I highly recommend stopping in for lunch, as the South Carolina BBQ booth is melt in your mouth good.

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3. Waterfront Park
Home to the famous Pineapple Fountain, this picturesque park is perfect for a picnic or afternoon stroll. Grab a wooden swing and you may even catch a glimpse of dolphins jumping in the distance!

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4. Rainbow Row
This stretch of East Bay Street is one of Charleston’s claims to fame. The series of thirteen Caribbean colored homes makes for some pretty vibrant photos, and instantly puts any passerby in a cheerful mood.

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5. East Battery Street
With some of the most breathtaking mansions you’ll ever lay eyes on, a walk down East Battery Street is a must! The scenic street runs parallel to the water and is filled with horse-drawn carriages and tons of historic monuments.

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6. Christophe Artisan Chocolatier
This French themed chocolate shop has some of the best French-press coffee and hot chocolate I’ve ever had. But the beautiful macaroons, chocolates and pastries are what they’re really known for! Stop in for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up.

7. The Vendue Rooftop
Rated the best in Charleston, this boutique hotel’s rooftop bar is a prime happy hour spot. The quaint environment is ideal for grabbing a handcrafted cocktail while watching the sunset. P.S. The Gouda Mac N’ Cheese with braised short ribs is out of this world!

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8. Shopping on King Street
If you’re looking to do a little window-shopping, this is where you’ll want to be. King Street is home to some of the best antique, fashion and home furnishing shops in the country.

9. Slightly North of Broad (S.N.O.B.)
Holy smokes… Where do I start? I’m still dreaming about the shrimp and grits and apple tart I had at this restaurant. Everything was truly incredible, including the décor and southern hospitality. Request to sit at the chef’s table to get a front row view of the open-air kitchen.

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10. Angel Oak Tree
If you don’t mind going for a drive, the Angel Oak Tree is definitely worth a visit! It’s believed to be over 1500 years old and is truly stunning. I’d recommend packing a little picnic and grabbing a shady spot under one of the massive limbs.

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Feel free to ask me any specific questions regarding Charleston in the comments. Happy travels!

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