Travel and sweets go hand in hand. Embrace them both with an indulgent visit to one of the world’s best chocolate, pastry or ice cream cities.
1. Orestiada, Greece
What: You may not of have heard of this small city, tucked away near the Bulgarian and Turkish borders, but what Orestiada lacks in fame it more than makes up for with sheer gluttonous indulgence.
From sponge with pavlova to chocolate with nuts and Turkish delight, the locals have every combo imaginable. It’s a giant cavity waiting to happen.
Get more info: gnto.co.uk
2. Bruges, Belgium
What: Belgium is obviously synonymous with chocolate, so it comes as no surprise that Bruges hosts the International Chocolate Festival (Choco-Late) every May.
Book your flights and aim to gorge as much as you possibly can.
Get more info: visitbelgium.com
3. York, UK
What: While London has a Starbucks on every corner, towns in northern England are stuffed with bakeries.
York is home to Bettys tearooms, renowned for its handmade cakes and world-famous Fat Rascals, fruit and peel buns.
Get more info: yorkshire.com
4. Den Bosch, Holland
What: If you love chocolate eclairs then this lively city – famous for its melon-sized take on the classic calorie-packed pastry – is an absolute must.
One bakery in the city alone sells more than 2000 of the cream-infused Bossche Bols every day.
Get more info: holland.com/uk
5. Florence, Italy
What: Florence isn’t just the destination of choice for art buffs, thousands flock to the birthplace of ice-cream to sample the handmade recipes.
Visit in March when 300,000 people hit Florence for the four-day ice-cream festival (Firenze Gelato Festival).
Get more info: italiantouristboard.co.uk
Words: Adam Edwards