You know your way around a donut shop, but how about an Armenian bakery? If you're unsure of what's in store, a trip to one of the best in the city might be a little daunting. While many of the treats sold at these bakeries come from different backgrounds, including Russian and Middle Eastern, there are a handful of staples you'll find at all of them. Don't know what a boreg or a popok is? Check out our slideshow for a description of these popular pastries.
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This Russian cake called ptichye moloko, which directly translates to "bird’s milk," refers to the Italian buttercream found between each layer of cake. The dessert is finished with a Ganache glaze. Bird's Milk Cake at Movses Pastry
The name of this pastry means porcupine in Armenian because of its spiky resemblance. Don't worry, though—it's just a round, spongy pastry filled with cream and covered in crumbs. Vozni at Papillon International Bakery
This coffee cake-meets-cookie is a favorite among Armenians to pair with coffee or tea. The pastry is crisp, buttery and rolled with walnuts or a streusel filling; it is also referred to as gata and comes in various shapes. Nazook at Movses Pastry
Another traditional savory food is this “Armenian pizza," a flatbread topped with ground lamb or beef in a tomato-based sauce and seasoned with cumin, turmeric and other spices. Lahmajoon at Paradise Bakery and Café
Also referred to as khachapuri in Russian, boreg is a popular puff pastry typically filled with feta cheese and molded in the shape of a triangle like a turnover. It can also refer to a variation that includes cheese baked in bread dough. Boreg at Movses Pastry