Best Bakery in Boston

2013 Best Bakery for Sweets

Flour Bakery

Boston

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2013 Best Bakery for Sweets

Clear Flour Bread

Brookline

This tiny Brookline shop has made its name—quite literally—on its nubby olive rolls, grainy loaves, and airy brioche. But when we line up on weekends, it’s for something a bit…Read More

2012 Best Bakery for Sweets

Modern Pastry

Boston

In business for more than 70 years, this North End landmark continues to offer a delicious dose of Old World baking charm. With its velvety truffles, homey thumbprint cookies, and…Read More

2012 Best Bakery, North

A & J King Bakery

Salem

Husband-and-wife team Andy and Jackie King have built their business around the art of crafting thick, crusty loaves brimming with ingredients like olives, walnuts, and apricot fennel and baked fresh…Read More

2011 Best Bakery

Hi-Rise Bread Company

Cambridge

Choosing just one of Hi-Rise’s cookies is a little like being forced to choose between your children. The almond macaroons taste like an intense nutty cloud. The oatmeal coconut, studded…Read More

2011 Best Bakery for Sweets

Flour Bakery + Cafe

Boston

Let the cupcake lovers revel in their frosting-induced myopia; those of us who truly love pastry still embrace tarts, cakes, and cookies. Particularly when they’re made the way Joanne Chang’s…Read More

2010 Best Bakery

Clear Flour Bread

Brookline

As you enter this charming little bakery tucked away on a Brookline side street, the aroma of warm bread hits you like a baguette to the head. While none of…Read More

2009 Best Bakery, West

Bread & Chocolate

Newtonville

With the steady proliferation of Whole Foods, Bruegger’s, and Panera, there’s no shortage of places to stock up on baked goods out west. Bread & Chocolate, a three-year-old independent outfit…Read More

2009 Best Bakery, South

French Memories

Duxbury

The low-key town of Duxbury is better known for bivalves than brioche, but that doesn’t keep this café’s Paris-born bakers (the same artistes behind Café Vanille in Boston and Chestnut…Read More

2009 Best Bakery for Sweets

Sofra Bakery and Cafe

Cambridge

Trailing orange blossom syrup and rose petal sugar, Ana Sortun’s year-old bakery-café comes on like a Salome of sweets, beguiling the cupcake-and-cookie crowd with such Middle Eastern-inspired delicacies as Egyptian…Read More

2009 Best Bakery, North

A&J King Artisan Bakers

Salem

Set foot inside a great restaurant, and the feeling is usually admiration, even awe. Enter a great bakery like A&J King, and it’s more like giddiness. Everything looks as good…Read More

2008 Best Bakery for Sweets

Flour Bakery + Cafe

Boston

You can’t call yourself a Bostonian until you’ve whiled away a Sunday morning nibbling a sticky bun at Flour. Regulars know to arrive early, before the hopeful hordes of sugar…Read More

2008 Best Bakery for Sweets

Flour Bakery + Cafe

Boston

You can’t call yourself a Bostonian until you’ve whiled away a Sunday morning nibbling a sticky bun at Flour. Regulars know to arrive early, before the hopeful hordes of sugar…Read More

2007 Best Bakery for Sweets

Canto 6

Jamaica Plain

In Dante’s Inferno, Canto 6 describes the circle of hell reserved for the gluttonous. In J.P., it’s a cheery bakery that lures patrons with dark chocolate cookies studded with tart…Read More

2005 Best Bakery for Sweets

Clear Flour Bread

Brookline

You see the customers patiently waiting outside this off-the-beaten-path Brookline bakery on rainy weekend mornings, and you think, Surely the baguettes can’t bethatgood. They are, actually, but here’s betting it’s…Read More

2005 Best Bakery, South

French Memories

Duxbury

As if life on picturesque Duxbury Harbor wasn’t sweet enough, French Memories steps in with a cadre of top-notch carbs to up the ante. On hand are tiny petits fours…Read More

2004 Best Bakery, Cape Cod

Cottage Street Bakery

Orleans

This tiny bakery makes breads, sandwiches, and European-style pastries worth searching out—plus unbelievable muffins, pies, and wedding cakes. But what puts it over the top is its inelegant-sounding “dirt bomb,”…Read More

2004 Best Bakery for Sweets

Café Vanille

Boston

Most bakeries aim for French authenticity, but few this side of the Atlantic succeed as completely as Café Vanille. Choosing between the flaky, airy, and flawlessly textured chocolate croissants and…Read More

2002 Best Bakery for Sweets

Truly Jörg’s

Chelsea

Who would expect to find the recherché charm of an exquisite Champs-Elysées café in Chelsea? Anyone who knows Truly Jörg’s—the tiny European-style patisserie crammed with utter delicacies—that’s who. Co-owner Jörg…Read More

2001 Best Bakery for Sweets

Café Vanille

Boston

Experienced sweet-tooths know exactly where to turn when sugar cravings hit. Vanille’s pastry cases are chock full of tantalizing treats: cappuccino cheesecake, chocoholic bliss tart, Boston cream pie. Don’t fret…Read More

2000 Best Bakery, Classic

Montilio’s

Boston

Open for 50 years, Montilio’s has clearly got its recipes for success down pat. Besides offering towering birthday and wedding cakes (Bobby Kennedy and Arthuer Fiedler are two famous recipients…Read More

2000 Best Bakery, Modern

Appleton Bakery

Boston

It’s hard to decide what’s best about this cozy South End bakery, where the owners have thought of every amenity for busy city dwellers. Is it the a.m. treats? The…Read More

1999 Best Bakery

Hi-Rise Bread Company

Cambridge

Deep in the heart of Cambridge’s Huron Village foodie oasis (Formaggio, the Fishmonger, etc.), Hi-Rise is perfect for a casual brunch, lunch, or dinner takeout. You’ll spot former Secretary of…Read More

1998 Best Bakery

Hi-Rise Bread Company

Cambridge

If bread making is calming and cathartic, watching the bakers here is like Prozac by proxy. Chef-owner Rene Becker rose swiftly to the top of the baking world by supplying…Read More

1996 Best Bakery

Dancing Deer

West Roxbury

The butter yellow painted-brick facade houses marvelous treats—gingerbread in the fall, lemon-blackberry cake in the summer. Our absolute favorite item is available only on Sunday: sweet fruit bread studded with…Read More

1996 Best Bakery

Biscotti’s Pasticceria Italiana

Boston

There are lots of great bakeries in the North End, but Biscotti’s has a secret advantage: the Sicilian grandma who makes the traditional meringues, macaroons, and lemon cookies from her…Read More

1996 Best Bakery

Wheatstone Baking Company

Boston

A neighborhood source for fresh-baked breads and pastries. Highlights include the herb-poppyseed bread, garlic Parmesan focaccia, nutty sticky buns, and chocolate-chip-hazelnut biscotti…Read More

1996 Best Bakery

Kam Lung Bakery

Boston

We like the intriguing array of baked goods rarely seen in American shops—the steamed rice dumpling filled with onions, pork, and dried shrimp or the sweet mixed-nut tart. And for…Read More

1995 Best Bakery

Iggy

Watertown

We love the longuette with black olives and rofumo cheese, the skinny ficelle with sesame seeds, and the raisin pecan rolls. The weekend special of cranberry pecan bread is worth…Read More

1994 Best Bakery, New

Biga Breads

Charlestown

We could live by bread alone if it came from Biga Breads, the fledgling bakery that already has an enthusiastic following for its crusty peasant-style loaves. Olive bread and black…Read More

1993 Best Bakery for Sweets

Delphin’s Gourmandise

Brookline

We loved this fabulous pastry shop when it was only in Marblehead. We love it even more now that it has opened a second shop in Brookline. The chausson aux…Read More

1991 Best Bakery, New

Cezanne

Cambridge

Rich and dense cakes, fabulous cookies, and first-rate breads—treats worth a special trip, indeed…Read More

1982 Best Bakery, Chain, Product

Warburtons

Boston

This Copley Square establishment has some of the freshest muffins in town…Read More

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