One of the best places to try Venezuelan pastries is El Hatillo Bakery. Yum!

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El Hatillo Bakery

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Fans of pastries, pudding, and sweets will find it well worth their while to head out to Caracas' outlying municipality of El Hatillo to experience this pastry shop, which specialises in Venezuela's most typical sugary treats. Right on El Hatillo's central Plaza Bolívar, you may even catch its scent before you see it, baking, boiling, and mixing up the likes of marquesas de chocolate (a biscuits-and-pudding confection), cocadas (coconut smoothies), guava paste, and tarta de arequipe (cake made with creamy, gooey caramelised milk, known elsewhere in Latin America as dulce de leche). You can buy for take-away or enjoy it right here at a table with a cup of coffee or chocolate, or cool glass of tropical juice. It can get crowded in here, though, especially on weekends!

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