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The 7 Best Bakeries in Boston

By Madison Duddy | March 24, 2021 | Food & Drink

Everyone deserves a cheat day, and what’s a cheat day without carbs. Stop by one of these bakeries to pick up a sweet treat or fresh loaf of bread.

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Tatte Bakery & Cafe
This French and Israeli-inspired bakery quickly became a hit after owner Tzurit Or started selling her pastries at Boston farmers markets. Not too long after, she opened the first Tatte in Brookline, and since then, has expanded her business to own 18 bakeries in Boston and DC. The classic, flakey croissant transports you the streets of Paris, but for something new, try the rich, chocolatey halva bomb. Multiple locations, tattebakery.com

Clear Flour Bread & Bakery
Specializing in making breads and pastries of France, Italy and Germany, Clear Flour Bread & Bakery scratch mixes and hand shapes fermented doughs before baking them in a stone hearth. Since opening in 1982, they continue to use the best ingredients, including freshly milled, stone ground grains sourced from Maine. Their large, doughy German-style pretzels are sure to curb any carb craving. Available Saturday and Sunday, they are served with a mustard butter dipping sauce and dark German beer. 178 Thorndike St., Brookline, 617.739.0060, clearflourbread.com

South End Buttery
After lamenting over the need for a quality bakery in South End, the owners of South End Buttery opened this bakery in 2005. They offer a wide variety of treats like ham and cheese croissants, gooey sticky buns, scones and macaroons, but their cupcakes are a popular favorite. Named after the staff’s dogs, they come in red velvet, salted caramel, vanilla, chocolate and carrot cake, and as a bonus, a portion of the cupcake sales are donated to animal rescues. 314 Shawmut Ave., 617.482.1015, southendbuttery.com

Bova’s Bakery
Mike’s and Modern may be the most well known bakeries in the North End, but Bova’s is certainly a secret favorite. Opened in 1926, Antonio Bova, his wife and their baby Raffaele left Calabria, Italy with the hopes of opening a family business. Nestled on the corner of Salem Street, Bova’s serves traditional Italian baked goods 24 hours a day. Their Italian and Tuscan style breads are handmade daily, but for a sweet, the Sicilian cannolis, French cream-stuffed pastry lobster tails and whoopie pies are a must. 134 Salem St., 617.523.5601, bovasbakeryboston.net

Hi-Rise Bread Company
Renee Becker opened this bakery in 1996 in hopes of providing quality, staple foods to the Cambridge community. His breads use all-organic wheat, rye and corn from independent mills, while the pies and tarts incorporate European-style butter and local fruits. Try personal-sized desserts like the mini meringue pie, rich chocolate tart and freshly-baked hostess cupcake, or pick up a loaf, like the slightly nutty, crispy semolina bread. 1633 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617.482.3003, hi-risebread.com

Flour Bakery & Cafe
In 2000, South End became home to the first Flour Bakery & Cafe after owner and pastry chef Joanne Chang left her corporate job to follow her passion for baking. Today, there are nine locations across Boston that serve up gourmet treats. The tartlets are perfect for a small indulgence and come in chocolate cream, coconut cream, lemon meringue and fresh fruit. For cookie enthusiasts, Flour is a go-to spot; Think homemade oreos, raspberry meringue clouds and spicy ginger molasses cookies. Multiple locations, flourbakery.com

Café Madeleine
Under the tutelage of world-renowned French chef Alain Ducasse, pastry chef Frederic Robert opened Café Madeline. Located in the South End, this little piece of Paris serves the most divine macarons, éclairs and madeleines, made from scratch every day. The croissants are also delectable, with flavors like feta and swiss chard, raspberry almond and poppy seed twist. 517 Columbus Ave., Boston, 857.239.8052, facebook.com/cafemadeleinesouthend/



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