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This small bakery and sweet shop in the historic North End of Boston will draw you in with the heavenly scents that waft out into the street. Find all your favorite Italian pastries, from handmade cannolis and eclairs to sugary cookies. The real treats are the chocolates inside the glass cases: nougat and almonds, hand-made peanut butter cups and dark chocolate bars entice passersby. You won't be able to leave this confectioner empty-handed.
Appropriately situated along the Boston Harbor waterfront, this expansive gallery has the finest collection of model sailing ships in the country. Tall clipper ships compete for your attention with smaller vessels, but you should take the time to see each one up close—the detail in these new and antique models is simply amazing. Lannan Ship Model Gallery also showcases fine nautical paintings and prints, as well as nautical equipment from ships of yesteryear.
Rare book expert Kenneth Gloss runs this show, so you can be sure to find some rather unusual titles at Brattle Book Shop. Non-collectors enjoy this large store for the selection of inexpensive, used paperbacks. Do not leave without admiring the mural outside, which depicts various authors from Dr. Seuss to Toni Morrison.
This North End liquor store opened its doors in 2005 and is truly a gem in the neighborhood. The Wild Duck though not huge, has a good collection of beers from all over the nation, Italian liqueurs and other fine liquors.
Launched in 1992, Au Chocolat has established itself as an unrivaled retailer of gourmet chocolate. Located in Boston's Financial District, the lovely boutique is a connoisseur's treasure. Select from fine chocolate, truffle, candy, gummy bears and artisan confections, among over 20 varieties of sweet treats by leading global chocolatiers. They pride themselves on retailing Neuhaus, pioneers of praline and Belgium's top brand, in addition to Haribo and Taza. Local specialties include peanut butter or caramel stuffed Oreo sandwiches and Almond Buttercrunch. Dairy-free and sugar-free versions of these tasty treats are available as well.