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Modern Pastry Shop

257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322 (North End)
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Ranked #12 of 2,819 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cuisines: Bakery, Dessert, Ice Cream
Neighborhood: North End
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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114 reviews 114 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

...then I'd choose Modern over the well-known competitor across the street. In fact, when I see tourists walking around with their boxes from "the other place," I have to stop myself from telling them they should have gone to Modern. I don't want a pre-filled cannoli; here, I get a cannoli that is freshly piped with my favorite filling. The... More

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Wayland, Massachusetts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

There are "Mike's" fans and "Modern" fans, and I happen to prefer the Modern bakery. Mikes seems more popular -- there's always a huge line outside -- but I've never noticed there bakes goods being any better. The Modern has a wonderful selection, the line is shorter, the service staff are fast/informative/efficient, and the prices are on a par.

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Leawood, Kanasa USA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We've been visiting Mike's Pastry Shop for years and decided to give Modern Pastry a try. Just "meh", if that. We tried a couple of items and again, "meh". Mike's is far better and has a lot more to choose from. Mike's has crushed almond cookies (that sell out quickly) that Modern does not offer. That in itself will keep... More

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Stow, Massachusetts, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Modern pastry is great and without the lines found across the street. All pastry is expensive these days, but this is Italian pastry at its best.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

You might have to wait in line and it might not move quickly but it is well worth it. I've always preferred Modern to Mike's. Everything is fresh and the cannoli are filled with delicious ricotta or cooked cream....go for the ricotta filled. They also have a small store in Medford Square.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Everyone must answer the question, Modern or Mike's for pastries? Try both. You will have to wait in a line that you will question if it is worth it, it is. The cannolis are the best!!!!! Mike's was very good too, but in the end we liked Modern the best.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Being Italian and from NYC where pastry shops are plentiful and superb, I can without reservation vouch for the quality of the pastries at Modern. The cookies and cannolis are sublime and the pastries are authentic. All the flavors are spot on and nothing overtly or cloyingly sweet. When I lived in Boston this was the only bakery I visited!

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Really enjoyed the pastry. Expect to wait a while, usually a line out the door. Worth the wait. So many goodies. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place for you.

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Pembroke, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We always stop here when we are in the north end. It tends to be crowded with a line out the door but well worth the wait. They just opened a bigger place right next to the other store. All of the desserts are delicious.

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Orlando, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Overall a good bakery. Nothing negative to say about them but I would rather take a trip across the street to the competitors.

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Additional Information about Modern Pastry Shop

Address: 257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322
Phone Number: 617-523-3783
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Bakery, Dessert, Ice Cream

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