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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.
Likely one of the North End's most famous bakeries, this neighborhood institution has been baking Italian and American pastries since 1946. You will always find a crowd eager to try one of the fifteen different types of Cannoli. They also create outstanding ice cream takes, and can throw together a giant sheet cake on short notice. Open late and offering coffee and espresso, this is a great place to stop in for a snack.
This old neighborhood is the site of the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House. Located along the Boston waterfront, the North End was the first stop for several waves of immigrants. Italians made it their home in the 1870s. Italian restaurants and pastry shops are crammed into narrow streets, where the smell of garlic and sounds of happy diners fill the air. Hanover and Salem are the two main streets and are often packed with tourists and locals who flock there to chill, relax, and most importantly, shop.
Chinatown's finest cake bakery turns out light and healthy cakes with peaches, strawberries and other fruits. The desserts redefine the dreaded fruitcake by taking soft, sponge cake and sandwiching fresh fruits with delicate flavoring and light frosting. This bakery is well known across the city and you will often find a crowd in this small establishment with the big green sign out front. Cash only.
For all those who have a fetish for jeans, in-jean-ius is the ultimate shopping destination in Boston. Specializing in denims and jeans, shopping at in-jean-ius is an absolute delight, what with the colorfully decorated interiors of the store, the friendly staff and the unique cabaña style dressing rooms! This outlet has over 30 different brands to choose from along with a wide assortment of tops and other clothing accessories as well. Owned and managed by the charming Alison Barnard, the store distinguishes itself with a strong youthful fashion.
Hey all you men out there, you don't need any more excuses not to accompany your wives on their shopping trips to the North End! Walk into Modo Gatto, where you'll find cool shirts, jeans, pullovers, and sportswear, all under one roof! Your favorite labels are available too–Tavernetti, Ben Sherman, Yanuk etc. Owner Kristen Massaro has also installed a TV screen that telecasts sports, so you won't lose out on that important match while shopping! But the ladies are sure to lose their cool, now that it's their turn to wait for you! In addition to the usual opening hours, the store is open on Mondays during spring and summer.