When I'm planning a trip, food is always at the forefront of my mind. The sweet stuff will always triumph over savoury, so when we booked New York, I set about researching the Big Apple's finest bakeries. Lots of people had recommended the famous Magnolia Bakery, but I was also looking for the slightly obscure, hiding in little back streets. Cue Levain Bakery.
Levain is a decent trek up to West 74th Street, which is past Central Park in Upper West Side - a bit out of the way, but well worth it for any cake tourist. It's in a really cute neighbourhood full of town houses and smart offices - very Sex and the City!