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Modern Pastry Shop

257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322 (North End)
617-523-3783
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Ranked #13 of 2,816 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
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Cuisines: Bakery, Dessert, Ice Cream
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: North End
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Niagara Falls, Ontario
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I visited Boston in August and had never had cannoli before. A friend insisted I try it when in Boston, so I did and I am in love with cannoli!!! Now I need to find a place that sells it where I live, though I don't have much hope that anywhere else will be able to match Modern's.

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Brighton, Michigan
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31 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you have a sweet tooth, this place is for you. Great selection and everything we had was fantastic. Both kids and adults loved it.

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Seattle, Washington
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97 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Mike's has a bigger line (and a slightly wider selection that's easier to see), but the pastries here are equally as good (and humongous and caloric). There's invariably a line out the door, but it moves much faster than you think. Skip the restaurant desserts and try something from Modern (or Mike's, if you can hack the line).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Excellent coffe and very nice pastery. Friendly staff - what more could you ask for. We will be back for more that is for sure

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Boston, Massachusetts
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Whenever you are in Boston's North End, and walking down Hanover Street after eating at one of the fabulous Restaurants, you will notice long lines waiting to get into Mike's pastry, walk right by it, these are the tourists. Cross the street and walk down one block to Modern Pastry. This is where the people who live in the North... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Modern Pastry shop has it all -- very nice cannoli filled on the spot (as it should be), coffees, a mind-boggling array of pastries and tons of old-school atmosphere. Loved it!

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Sewell, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We always go to Mike's and refer anyone we know visiting Boston to go Mike's for cannolis, but no more. We finally listened to a local who said to go to Mike's for a lobster tail but to Modern's for cannolis. So we did a taste test. We had ricotta cannolis at Mike's the first night, along with a lobster... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Pre-filled or filled as you watch? Self made or purchased crust? While these debates occupy the foodies of Boston and elsewhere, and I don't have a lot of options to compare to also am not a big fan of cannoli's, the Modern Bakery cannoli was excellent, and when finished made me wish I had bought a second one.

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

One of the best pastry shops in the North End. Higher quality and better taste than pastries from Mike's down the street. The shop is quite small and the processing of customers not as assembly-line-like as Mike's but the food is better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I went here on the recommendation of a local ... who preferred the canolis at Modern to the other famous ones at Mike's. I must say the canolis were worth the wait ... but be ready to wait a long time in line ... and NO you cannot hold a table inside while someone waits in the line for you... More

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