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Modern Pastry Shop

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North End
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257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322
8:00 am - 10:00 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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Pepperell, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I grew up on great Italian pastry and there is none where I live. We all know that everyone raves about Mike's Pastry but they are take out. Modern pastry offers the same great pastry and you can sit down in the shop with coffee and enjoy it or do take out. Just look at all they have to offer... More 

Thank travelingteacher51
Boston, MA
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I started going to Modern Pastry years ago when I got tired of the long lines, slow service, and tepid coffee at Mikes. Back then Modern was just a hole in the wall place which was really just about take out. In recent years they've expanded into the space next door and it's now a great place to sit and... More 

Thank erkang
San Jose, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Several people told my friends we had to get pastries at Mike's in Little Italy while we were in Boston. The line outside of Mike's was long and it was four deep inside. A few locals said that Modern was better so we crossed the street and went there. There was a long line here, too, but we found an... More 

Thank Rebelliot
Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hanover Street, in Boston's bustling North End, is packed with restaurants, pizza shops and pastry shops. The guide books will direct you to Mike's for your pastry and cake needs. However, almost directly across the road is where the locals go - Modern Pastry. Do not miss this place. In fact, it's enough reason to go to the North End... More 

Thank NiallJanet
Santa Clarita, California
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped in when the line was rather short (we waited about 10 minutes), and I'm personally glad we didn't wait much longer. We heard rave reviews of this pastry shop as well as Mike's Pastry, but were told by a few locals that Modern was better. We got an assortment of treats: cannoli, cookies, Boston cream pie, and tiramasu.... More 

Thank Kristen F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

You can not go wrong with anything this pastry/coffee shop serves! Presentation of their desserts is amazing and a feast for the eyes, the staff is super friendly and fun atmosphere. Well worth the wait in line! Get a cannoli, order a coffee and grab a table! Great way to end a night out!

Thank Swissrocker
North Canton, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not your everyday donut shop. Difficult to get a "normal" pastry. Lots of delicious SPECIALTY Pastries. Very cramped if you don't purchase to go. Otherwise a fantastic snack shop.

Thank kenrr
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

OK so everyone goes to Mikes (hate the wait and hype) we decided to cross the street and have the option to sit down and enjoy a variety of treats to share. Modern Pastry did not disappoint. We had leftovers and they were happy to wrap it up to go.

Thank Catarina137
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111 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Modern Bakery in the North End of Boston is hands down the best Italian bakery - as a Bostonian I can tell you for sure. Better than Mike's and they use real whipped cream in their pasteries. Great variety, limited seating for those that want to have an espresso or coffee. Authentic. There are some very good bakeries in the... More 

Thank ejamsc
Baton Rouge
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped here after a pastry stop at Mikes. This was my first time here. I enjoyed the option of take out or sitting down and being served. We found traditional Italian pastry here that was not available at Mikes. It was much less chaotic, the quality of food was excellent. I also enjoyed a traditional and cream limoncello to... More 

Thank WickedWalt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Cafe, European
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
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.
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