Here are two bakeries on opposite sides of the Charles River, both offering delicious goodies!
Paris Baguette is inside H Mart in Central Square, so it’s no surprise that there are Asian influences. It’s like Hong Kong meets Paris – you’ll find red bean-filled donuts alongside baguettes, as well as some truly American concoctions like cream cheese donuts and croissant donuts.
As it turns out, Paris Baguette is part of an large Korean conglomerate and is expanding its American presence. I’m not a fan of chains, but I can’t deny that these treats satisfied my sweet tooth.
Info: Paris Baguette, 581 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
SwissBakers has two locations, one in Allston and one in Reading. I visited the Allston location on Western Avenue near Harvard Business School. It’s a modern, IKEA-like space with big windows. There’s plenty of seating both inside and out on the patio (when it’s warm enough). Another big bonus: a parking lot!
Here’s the box full of Euro-treats I got: almond, chocolate and spinach croissants, a raspberry Berliner, a chocolate chip bun, and a pear and cheese tart. The tart has a shortbread crust and is topped with thinly sliced pears. Somehow, its flavour reminds me of Chinese egg tarts (which are also very yummy).
Inside a raspberry Berliner:
Both these bakeries deserve return visits!
Info: Swissbakers, 168 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02134 USA