Brooklyn – Boerum Hill
120 Smith St. (bet. Dean and Pacific Sts.)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
This pretty little storefront bakery has free WiFi, a collection of vintage bakeware on display and the most beautifully burnished loaves of bread this side of Paris. At breakfast are exquisite croissants, Danish and brioche, and at lunch excellent sandwiches and quiche. For snacktime are hard-to-resist tarts (caramel–pine nut, pistachio-cherry-chocolate, boysenberry-mango-coconut). The baker is devoted to traditional bread-making methods, brooking no short cuts, which means some loaves take up to three days to produce, from mixing and fermentation to baking. It's a lovely place to meet a friend for quiet conversation and a cup of tea or cappuccino.