Get your passports and Google maps ready, we’ve found some of the most iconic desserts that are worth flying across the world for.
Churros pop to mind when thinking about Mexican desserts unless you’re in New York City where Cosme, a contemporary Mexican restaurant, switches up the cuisine’s sweet treats with its iconic corn husk meringue. A slightly savoury corn meringue and mousse are balanced with a burnt vanilla ice cream before a sprinkling of burnt corn husk and salt finishes the sweet and salty profile. Guests who want the entire Mexican experience should indulge in its brunch sitting where churros with dulce de leche and a platter of traditional pan dulce are also available.
Cosme, 35 E 21st Street, New York, NY 10010; +1 212 913 9659
CHIN CHIN ICE CREAM
Chin Chin Ice Cream started as a liquid nitrogen-based parlour and has grown to become one of London’s most recognisable dessert chains. Decadent ice cream cookie sandwiches, brûléed banana pie and torched s’mores hot chocolate are just some of its influential creations. Chin Chin, inspired by the frivolous nature behind its name, creates flavours that have its guests reminiscing on flavours from memories past. It's a rush against time to take a quick snap in SoHo’s famous streets before your ice cream messily melts all over.
Chin Chin Ice Cream, multiple locations around London
Whilst Bloods Bakery doesn’t have a shopfront to visit, instead an online pre-order via Instagram, its unparalleled pastries are worth a trip to Sydney. Its menu changes weekly and explores flavour combinations from around the world to recreate renowned dishes into delicate baked goods. Seen previously are a Vietnamese coffee custard croissant, pandan coconut choux and an ube tres leches cake. Check out its Instagram page for cross-section cuts and more savoury bakes that will have you ready to book a flight.
Bloods Bakery, available online
KANVAZ PATISSERIE VINCENT NIGITA
Travel to Bali to devour Parisian wonders at Kanvaz Patisserie by Vincent Nigita. Each pastry is an out-of-the-world form of art with its delicate designs and finishes of impeccable quality. The pistachio Paris-Brest, Japanese fan made out of shortbread filled with vanilla and raspberry sabayon and the Paris to Bali, a hazelnut cream stuff choux puff, are some of its signature cakes. More classic viennoiseries, from almond croissants to kouign-amann, jams and gelato complete this elite bakery.
Kanvaz Patisserie Vincent Nigita, Jl. Petitenget No. 188, Kerbokan Kelod, Bali 80361
Luckily enough, KITH Treats has got locations around the world that supply its iconic frozen treats, lifestyle branded dessert collaborations, doughnut specials and so much more. Its trademark treat lets you choose mix-ins from a large range of cereals to chocolates or curated specials by famous celebrities take away the hassle of building your own. Browse the assortment of ingredients and ice cream before watching its staff blitz up your choice into a perfect swirl. If sweet treats aren’t for you, its collaborations usually also come in the form of fashion apparel from celebrated brands.
Kith Treats, multiple locations around the world
Zachary Schmal considers himself a cookie monster and built his empire after recognising the lack of interesting flavours available in New York City. Currently sitting at 75 flavours, the cookie shop rotates between a selection of classics and seasonal specials. Some of its more unique bakes include a bacon chocolate chip, Thai chilli peanut and hibiscus spring. Avoid disappointment by checking out its website for a cookie chart that shows what is being baked each day. A five-tiered cookie cake with generous lashings of frosting is an indulgent birthday surprise that will be one to remember.
Schmackery’s, 362 W 45th Street, New York City; +1 646 801 9866
Babka Zana was founded in 2020 with the dream to open a Levantine bakery that pays tribute to mothers and grandmothers that have passed the knowledge of kneading, rolling and braiding bread to younger generations. Four flavours of its signature babka are joined with challah, rugelach and various viennoiserie. Apart from the traditional chocolate and cinnamon babka are orange blossom with pistachio and lemon halva rolls. Whilst its standard is good for one or two larger celebratory babkas can be ordered to feed 8 to 10 people.
Babka Zana, 65 Rue Condorcet, 75009 Paris; +33 988 02 91 43
Lysée is a beautiful blend between a pastry boutique and a museum gallery that is inspired by French, New York City and Korean culture. Its founders see pastry as edible art, reflected in its artisanal handmade desserts that look almost too good to eat. Its flatiron is a rendition of a classic Saint Honoré with dulce de leche and Madagascar vanilla cream and the full moon is a classic French croissant finished with a honey glaze. A range of speciality teas from Korea are also available to finish your afternoon tea experience.
Lysée, 44 E 21st Street, New York City