Kate Weiser Chocolate. [Photo: Aidan Barrett/EDFW]
If you don't closely follow dessert and pastry trends, you may have missed the memo that cupcakes are decidedly out, and macarons have taken their place as the patisserie du jour. Don't confuse these fussy French cookies with the coconut macaroons from your past, though, because they are completely different. Because the delicate almond meringue French cookies are rather finicky, you won't find them among the offerings at many of the city's bakeries; nonetheless, there are plenty of places to find an excellent macaron when you're craving something that's a little swankier.