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Modern Pastry Shop

257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322 (North End)
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Ranked #9 of 2,814 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
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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624 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Stepped in, waited in a huge line, made a rushed order of macaroons, boston cream pie, red velvet cupcakes, canolli's and more to go. Took our goodies back to our hotel. Two of our kids ate just the chocolate decorations off the top of the same pastry-nothing else. Within 40 minutes, both were ill. Suspicious. I dont know what the... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Saturday night in Boston, weather was awesome and the people came from everywhere. We stood in line for about 20-25 minutes, but rather than complain of the wait, we enjoyed talking with others in line, which passed the time quickly. Staff was running ragged all evening and they seemed to treat each customer with the same happy smile and courteous... More

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Derby, Kansas
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211 reviews 211 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The concierge at our hotel had grown up in the North End and told us to go to this smaller Italian bakery. Great advice! We tried the cannolis which were crisp, rich and creamy. Delicious! So many wonderful choices!

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New Jersey
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176 reviews 176 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We went here after dinner after receiving recommendations. Purchased the chocolate dipped freshly filled cannoli with chocolate chips and a chocolate/peanut butter nougat confection. Both were delicious. I saved them for breakfast the next morning and couldn't stop eating them!! So many choices!

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Rochester, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We went here with Boston natives that think it is better than Mikes. We had a variety of treats (cannoli, cream puff, cupcake, eclair). I had the cream puff. It was by far the best cream puff I have ever eaten. It had a layer of cannoli filling, then yummy white cream, topped with chocolate sauce and chocolate cream. Everyone... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We were going to go to Mike's since we had read so many wonderful reviews, however a local man said you must go to Modern Pastry instead. We decided on Modern the first day and Mike's the second day so we could compare for ourselves. The prices were great. The vanilla cupcakes were very dry. Not great at all. I've... More

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New Smyrna Beach, FL
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Dragged my husband to the North End on a rainy afternoon promising him pizza, dessert and espresso. Flipped a coin to see if we would head to Mike's or Modern. Modern won. Luckily we got there during an ebb in the customer line; it picked up while we were eating. As first timers, it was a bit overwhelming trying to... More

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College Park, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Modern Pastry was not my first choice...I was in Boston for a conference and before dinner I saw all these pastry boxes for Mike's. So of course, I wanted to try Mike's cannolis. We upon us walking up to the door the young man looked the door in our face...oh well off to Modern's. I ordered a chocolate dipped traditional... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I have had Mikes in the past. Great cannolis but this trip I was referred by our hotel concierge to give the competion a try. Glad we learned about MODERN!! The competition in the other block was pricier, slower and lacked in display of product . At Modern you can actually SEE all of their products as you wait in... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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90 reviews 90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Wow! You must visit this bakery while visiting the North End. There is something here for everyone. Macaroons, Carrot Cake, Cheesecake, Almond Cookies, Napoleons.... Etc. We ordered our favorite ricotta Cannoli. They were outstanding. We eat a lot of Cannoli in South Philly, and I must say these are right up there with the best. Service was quick and friendly.... More

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