True: Santa Fe is more famed for chiles than croissants. But if you take the time to check out the bakeries in town, you'll notice a distinct thread of Francophilia and a surprisingly high French population. My personal theory for the appeal of Santa Fe is simple: why wouldn't French people want to settle in a community that puts such high importance on food and art?
When it comes to pastry, the offerings are sublime. Macarons, opera cake, and meringues are made more impressive by the fact that they're being baked at an extremely high altitude. Between your bites of sopaipillas and biscochitos, here are some spots you might want to try.
About the author: Jessie Oleson is a writer, illustrator, gallery owner, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website. Her first book came out in October 2011; she is currently at work on her second book.