Despite being a bikini-clad haven famous, in part, for Swim Week and the South Beach diet, Miami still revels in dessert. And with new specialty sweet spots emphasizing quality over quantity, the skinny-conscious can indulge with a smidgen less guilt. Nowhere is this more evident than at Sweet Times Cupcakes (8530 SW 124th Ave., Ste. 101, Miami, 305-270-0300), where a husband-and-wife duo carefully create deliciousness with high-end ingredients such as Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans, Belgian chocolate, and seasonal fruits for their “midi”-size treats. Regulars flock to refuel on all-natural creations like the already famous carrot cupcake topped with homemade Italian white-chocolate buttercream.
Across town, Lincoln Road is set to feature the hyperluxe French macaronerieLadurée (1108 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach), which first opened in Paris in 1862 and has been the go-to macaron shop in New York for years. Attracted to Miami for its unique blend of culture and vibrant attitude, this French purveyor of sweet sophistication ships the pillowy confections in from France. In honor of Art Basel, Ladurée has created limited-edition Art Deco packaging and collectible Art Basel/Will Cotton collaboration boxes replete with a custom flavor, Chantilly ginger, inspired by the artist’s work.
Just north of the Design District, another French production is in the works. As the sweet smell of cocoa permeates the air, seventh-generation chef Claude Postel and his business partner, CorentinFinot, page through Postel’s 1,000-plus treasured chocolate recipes. With history as rich as the chocolate itself, newly opened Buena Vista Chocolate and Wine (4557 NE Second Ave., Miami) boasts the finest truffles in town. Here you can find a variety of gourmet delights, among them chocolate recipes enjoyed by Marie Antoinette. To complement these tiny morsels of sugary goodness, the shop offers a unique selection of French wines, which you can conveniently uncork at its adjacent eatery, Buena Vista Bistro. And with a less-is-more motto that these places all share, you can happily savor every bite without worrying about your waistline.