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Eight New Dessert Shops Now Open around Boston

Where to shop for fresh French macarons, madeleines, and more.

The European-inspired sweets scene is booming in Boston this summer, with très chic new places to pick up treats. From assortments of colorful French macarons, to direct-trade chocolate candies, fruit-filled crêpes, and more, check out these eight new dessert shops in Somerville, Quincy, Newton, and beyond.

Watermelon French macarons by Maca Boston.

Watermelon French macarons by Maca Boston. / Photo via macaboston.com

Macarons

Maca continues to up the cuteness at its new stall at Bow Market, rotating through sandwich-cookie shapes like pandas and Pokémon, hand-drawn designs, and flavors like Fruity Pebbles, cookies and cream, and even everything bagel. (1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville, macaboston.com)

New Hampshire-born, Boston Public Market-based Finesse Pastries has plans to bring its chewy-crispy French macarons, cakes, cream puffs, and fruit tarts to Somerville in 2018, Eater Boston reported. The shop on Somerville Ave. will be just more than a mile from Davis Square’s Caramel French Patisserie. (Finesse Pastries at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston, coming soon to 594 Somerville Ave., Somerville, finessepastries.com)

A New York-based European pastry chain that’s called Woops! (seriously!) has opened a kiosk in Newton Center. Along with other “curated artisanal pastries,” Woops! concentrates on colorful French macarons, and sells gift boxes themed for bridal parties, chocolate lovers, and other occasions. (79 Union St., Newton, 617-800-5550, bywoops.com)

The Campfire Crêpe (graham crackers, mini marshmallows, Nutella) at Bon Appetit Crêperie.

The Campfire Crêpe (graham crackers, mini marshmallows, Nutella) at Bon Appetit Crêperie.

Crêpes

Bon Appetit Crêperie opened earlier this month inside the Boston Public Market, with made-to-order skinny pancakes that incorporate vendor ingredients like berries and jams, honey, cheese, and more. Rotating sweet and savory options will pull from French, Mediterranean, and African flavors. (Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston, bonappetitcreperieboston.com)

Wellesley’s CrepeBerry Café has set up shop on the Patios at City Hall Plaza, with coffee and crêpes joining the likes of Honeycomb Creamery ice cream and Wachusett Brewing (and friends) beer. CrepeBerry is open daily in Boston through August. (Faneuil Hall Overlook Area at City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, crepeberry.com)

While it’s best known for its flower-shaped cones of Italian gelato, Amorino is also a European-style café with waffles, gelato-filled macarons, and filled-to-order crêpes. In June, the global chain opened its second Boston-area dessert shop in Harvard Square. (50 JFK St., Cambridge, amorino.com)

chocolate and nuts at Cacao in Boston

Cacao is a new shop on Centre Street for chocolates and nuts. / Photo by Ana D. / Yelp

Chocolate

At Cacao on Jamaica Plain’s busy Centre Street, find house-made chocolate bonbons, barks, and satisfying snacks like chocolate-covered pretzels and espresso beans. The co-owners, who told Jamaica Plain News the ingredients come from a family farm in the Dominican Republic, also roast nuts in-house and offer a rainbow of dried fruit. Try the frozen hot chocolate to cool off and perk up this summer. (660 B Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-390-2400, cacaonuts.com)

Madeleines—delicate tea cakes—are the menu star at Quincy's new Cafe Maddie.

Madeleines—delicate tea cakes—are the menu star at Quincy’s new Cafe Maddie. / Photo by Kerry Byrne

Madeleines

Baker Barbara Feldman Morse specializes in these dainty cakes—she wrote a cookbook called Madeleines: Elegant French Tea Cakes to Bake and Share. But her family’s new Cafe Maddie (no relation to Boston’s Cafe Madeleine) carries other pastries, plus Emack & Bolio’s ice cream, Peet’s Coffee, sandwiches, pizza, and more. It also has lovely patio overlooking Wollaston Beach. (895 Quincy Shore Drive, Wollaston, Quincy, 617-404-8900, cafemaddie.com)