The Best Bakeries in Boston

The best bakeries in Boston serve up a variety of fantastic sweets and treats.

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, a bakery is a place where bread, cakes and pastries are made or sold. But to many, it is more. It is a place for comfort. With a sweet treat, satisfaction and joy are instant. Here are six of our favorites in the Boston area.

Six Spectacular Boston Bakeries

Flour Bakery

From a buttery pastry and a large latte for breakfast, daily specials for lunch to a salad, bread and dessert for dinner, Flour Bakery menu items never disappoint. The staff’s service remains helpful and professional, from a commuter’s quick stopping in for breakfast, friends meeting up for lunch, and an area worker dropping by to purchase something for dinner. Whether it’s a Breakfast Egg Sandwich, Lemon Ginger Scone, Blueberry Muffin, birthday cake or wedding cake, everything is made fresh in its kitchen. Delivery and pickup are available. Please check the website for operating hours. 

Lemon Raspberry Cake at Flour Bakery Boston | WhereTraveler
Lemon Raspberry Cake at Flour Bakery (©Kristin Teig)

Mike’s Pastry

Michael Mercogliano, king of cannoli, is the founder of Mike’s Pastry, the ‘Mike’ behind Mike’s Pastry in North End. This man created delicious pastries such as cannoli, biscotti, cakes, cookies, marzipan, pies, famous lobster tails, etc. and drew people from all over to his shop to enjoy. There is always a line in and out of his bakery. People seldom visit the neighborhood without bringing home special treats carried inside a white box with the store’s name in bright blue fond tied with a string bow. The bakery opens Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Parziale’s Bakery

Parziale’s Bakery is another Italian bakery in North End. It carries bread, pizza, biscuits, cookies and pastries. It also sells its bread and pizzas to some of the retailers and restaurants in Boston. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Parziale's Bakery Boston | WhereTraveler
Parziale's Bakery (Courtesy Leslie B.)

Tatte Bakery and Cafe

Tatte Bakery and Café was founded by Tzurit Or, a self-taught pastry chef, in 2007. Her goal is to have a place for the community to gather, feel welcome and at home. Though each location has its own identity and style, the primary purpose stays the same. 

If you miss breakfast, you can always find something on the All Day Menu. The Bake At Home items is also good gifts ideas. Online orders are available for pickup and delivery. To avoid long lines, customers are encouraged to place orders ahead.

For information regarding opening hours or other questions, please visit the websites for details.

May’s Cake House

May’s Cake House in Boston is a family-owned Asian Bakery. It is well known for its Mango Mouse Cake. While many go there for its sweet treats such as coconut buns, pineapple buns, “Wife Cakes,” redbean cakes, etc., there are also savory treats like the roasted pork buns and various rice noodles to enjoy. It opens daily and offers takeout and delivery.

Cake From May's Cake House Boston | WhereTraveler
Cake From May's Cake House (Courtesy Julie W.)

Jonquils Cafe and Bakery

Dinara Kasko, the Brand Pastry Chef, brought her 3D concept into creating her work at Jonquils Café and Bakery in Boston. Its unique and modern design brings in customers who find the bakery an oasis in their busy surroundings. The selections of its exquisite baked goods please both the eyes and palate. The bakery opens daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.