Coffee & Treats in Shrewsbury

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An old-fashioned candy showroom, The Candy Hop contains rows of self-serve bins overflowing with mainstream and hard-to-find candies. Two rainbow-hued walls of candy containers—one showcasing Jelly Belly jellybeans, the other, M&M's—hang alongside shelves of gummies and sugar-free chocolates. The selection even includes vintage candies and fresh fudge. Though the shop is self-serve, staff are always on-hand to help throw a party: its catering division provides candy-banquet-bar planning, delivery, and custom color matching for a range of events.

1000 Boston Tpke
Shrewsbury,
MA
US

Bistro Bakery & Deli's artisanal flour specialists whip up batches of freshly baked goods to stock its hearty breakfast, lunch, bakery, and catering menus. Dive face-first into the gravitational pull of the more than 20 bagel varieties, including asiago cheese, spinach-garlic, and pumpernickel ($0.79 each; $7/dozen). Crying stomachs are serenaded with the savory tunes of the Bistro B.L.T. ($5.59) and the Tuscany salad ($5.99), and lonely hands can temporarily embrace the raspberry-chipotle-chicken wrap ($6.99) or the veggie delight ($5.79), which complements marinated artichoke hearts with roasted red peppers and provolone. The culinary artists at Bistro Bakery & Deli also proffer a selection of custom-designed cakes ($18.99+) crowned in a cappuccino mousse, pistachio buttercream, chocolate ganache, or Vanilla Ice sound bites.

72 E Main St
Westborough,
MA
US

Eric's LaPatisserie Café sates the morning and afternoon eat reflexes with fresh-baked, oven-hot pastries and gourmet stuffed sandwiches and paninis. Fresh croissants emerge from steaming hot ovens ($3), and toasted bagels remain crisp even while bearing gobs of the eatery’s famous labor-inducing cream cheese ($2). Afternoon appetites, meanwhile, can be sated with a grilled herb-chicken sandwich ($6.25) or a shrimp-and-seafood salad ($5.50).

250 Commercial St
Worcester,
MA
US

For over one hundred years, Widoff’s Bakery has handcrafted loaves of bread and other baked goods, prepared fresh every day. The bakery's dough devotees use a secret recipe involving premium, preservative-free ingredients and an elaborate secret handshake to shape specialty bulkie rolls ($6.60/doz.), which encase a soft bread pillow within a crispy crust. Sliced bread, meanwhile, comes in either italian loaves ($2.99/lb.) or rye varieties ($3.75 for 1 lb., $4.75 for 2 lb.). In addition to bready offerings, Widoff’s decorates its overflowing counters with colorful butter cookies ($9.50/lb.) adorned with vibrant patterns such as hearts, flags, or photo-realistic presidential busts. Visitors can further delight sweet teeth by sinking them into bite-sized whoopee pies ($0.99) and caramel cannoli cakes ($12.99).

129 Water St
Worcester,
MA
US

Yoway Frozen Yogurt delights dessert devotees in a sea of self-serve low-fat and fat-free frozen yogurts buoyed by more than 50 toppings. Five frozen-yogurt stations stand sentinel within the café's lime-green interior, teasing sweet teeth with a rotating selection of 10 daily flavors and 35 flavors overall. Fill paper cups with mango, peanut butter, or eggnog fro-yo to build towering mountains of tart tastiness. After edible edifices are constructed, patrons decorate them at the topping bar, choosing from a selection of seasonal fruits, chopped nuts, and candies such as jellybeans, chocolate malt balls, and mini marshmallows. Each colossal creation is paid for by weight ($0.45/oz.), letting customers craft treats suited to their appetite and the number of pennies in their back pocket.

395 Park Ave
Worcester,
MA
US

Originally built in 1879, the building at 25 Union Street stood for nearly a century as an industrial bastion in downtown Worcester. When the last manufactures moved out in the 1970s, Robert "Gus" Giordano had an idea: convert the ruggedly beautiful interior into an upscale restaurant, preserving the historical building and ensuring that he would not be eating in there by himself everyday. Inhabiting the former screw-machine department, Maxwell-Silverman's Toolhouse ensconces diners in industrial elegance, with a ceiling crisscrossed with heating pipes, a floor dotted with oblong railroad ties, and cozy illumination courtesy of more than 40 vintage pool-hall lights.

Nestled in Union Station, Luciano's Restaurant transports diners back to the 1920s and '30s with walls covered in vintage photos and framed newsprints detailing the escapes of legendary gangsters. The refined indoor dining room features plush white seating and lush, flowery carpeting, while outdoor tables allow patrons to enjoy the sun or taunt slugs with salt shakers. Free parking is available at both locations.

2 Washington Sq
Worcester,
MA
US

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