In town for the Boston Marathon? One of the fun aspects of staying in Boston is discovering the local food scene, and the city doesn’t disappoint! Runners and non-runners alike will appreciate a dessert one of Boston’s cult favorites. These five shops are some of the best places to grab a sweet treat and they’re all within walking distance of the Boston Marathon finish line.
Since it opened in 2015, Blackbird Doughnuts has been a hit in the South End! They make unique gourmet doughnuts from scratch in a small storefront on Tremont Street. All of their doughnuts are baked on site, and they play around with both classic combinations and off-the-wall concoctions of their own making! They use brioche dough, which makes for light and fluffy doughnuts which are then topped with house-made glazes and frostings. They also offer made to order ice cream doughnut sandwiches that are a hit in the warmer months. Their current doughnut flavors include options like Boston Cream Bismarck, Blackberry Currant, and the Everything Bagel Doughnut. Check their website for their full list of up-to-date flavors.
This Washginton DC based chain is just as big of a hit here in Boston, and luckily it’s a just a few minutes away from the finish line. Walk around the corner to Newbury Street and spend time picking a favorite flavor from their display. They offer the basics like the Chocolate Ganache or Red Velvet as well as monthly seasonal and daily special flavors like Lemon Cheesecake or Peanut Butter Fudge.
If you want to keep it classic, we recommend heading to Beacon Hill Chocolates on Charles Street, in the heart of the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood. BHC offers a wide variety of stunning handmade truffles and artisan chocolate bars. Spend time perusing their beautiful truffle case, and create a custom box to take home with you. In addition to chocolates, they also offer gelato, seasonal French macarons, and other candies. In our opinion, chocolate is the best kind of souvenir to take home!
If you have a dairy free diet, FoMu is the spot for you! They make delicious dairy free ice creams and even offer gluten free cones. They’re a favorite among locals and their new shop in the south end is the perfect place to enjoy a few scoops. Their most popular flavors include Salted Caramel, Bourbon Maple Walnut, and Fresh Mint Chunk. They let you sample flavors before choosing your scoops and we recommend mixing at least two different flavors in your cone or your cup!
L.A. Burdick is just around the corner from Copley Square, making it another close stop from the finish line. You’ll feel like you’re in a European café and their cakes and pastries don’t disappoint. They offer decadent slices of cakes like their Hazelnut Orange Cake and Chocolate Coconut Cake which pair perfectly with one of their hot drinks. They have everything from mochas to lattes to cappuccinos, but we recommend selecting one of their rich drinking hot chocolates.
If you have a sweet tooth and are craving a reward after running (or spectating!) these five spots are the places to go. Let us know what you think of them after you visit! Wishing best of luck to all of the runners!
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