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Modern Pastry Shop

Certificate of Excellence
North End
As featured in Three Days in Boston
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257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I see that Bova ranks higher than Modern, but that surprises me. We went to both. I am Italian and definitely know my Italian pastries. I prefer Modern and definitely think that it is the best pastry shop in the North End. You should try as many as you can, though! :)

Thank 1JillyMac
Santa Rosa, California
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223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were meeting friends for dinner. When one friend arrived, she had a box in hand with cannoli. After dinner, we caught a cab back to our hotel. The cab driver saw the box and told us we'd love it...that Modern was where the locals go. I will say, as soon as we were in the room, the box was... More 

Thank Pat B
Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We waited 20 minutes to get in since the wait at Mike's was much longer. The cannolis were good but not amazing.

Thank Elena G
Hawthorne, California
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a busy place and variety of items to tantalize your tastes. We tried 3 different items and were surprised at the good flavors.

Thank eacollinsjr
Woodstock, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The lobster tail pastry is huge and amazing !! A must try. Also have tried the apple pie turnover and cookies. Everything is amazing. The line moves very quickly.

Thank DanaRuby
Raleigh, NC
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner at a restaurant on Hanover Street and on the way home, decided to stop into the Modern Pastry Shop. They have tables you can sit at, which is very nice. It was very busy, but was no issue getting our to go order of an eclair and a napoleon. Very simply, they were excellent. Very fresh, no... More 

Thank Evin4Me
Graysville, Tennessee, United States
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by here for coffee after dinner. All of the pastry my party had was great and our server was very sweet. It is a small place but make the effort.

Thank Doug S
Monroe, Connecticut
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

decided to try them this time. Don't waste your time. Mike's hands down is better. There cannoli was good but Mike's is 100% better. Go to Mike's across the street.

Thank Jill W
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Foolish to go to any other bakery. For table service just go in. Don't wait in line. Best cannoli and ricotta pie

Thank tleverone
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our driver recommended this place for Boston cream pie and it was delicious. The line was out the door but it was worth the wait. The lady who helped us was fast, helpful and friendly.

Thank Honey023

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, Cafe, European
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: 617-523-3783

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North End

Neighborhood Profile
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.