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Modern Pastry Shop

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North End
As featured in Three Days in Boston
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257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-2322
+1 617-523-3783
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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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153 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We asked a waiter in little Italy why there were so many people carrying around little boxes labeled “Mike’s”. He told us that Mike’s is a good bakery for the tourists, but the locals go to Modern Bakery. So we decided to venture over to Modern Bakery for our dessert. I think the distinction between the two is subtle and... More 

Thank Steven C
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250 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in for dessert on a brutally cold night, and the effort was worth the trip. The cannoli selection is large, with many combinations of shell and filling available. The taste was exquisite. The prices are reasonable. The shop has many delicious-looking options and I can't wait to try some of the other choices (such as the huge "lobster... More 

Thank travelguyPa
Millburn, New Jersey
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been coming to this bakery for many years - never disappoints!!! I love the lobster claw, and all the pastries, and bought a gluten free cannoli for a family member this year.

Thank theNJTravler
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After some research, I found that this bakery was highly spoken of and decided to give it a go- SO glad I did! I had the Boston cream pie and it was AMAZING! The cake was light with a fresh and tasty filling, topped with a perfect amount of smooth creamy chocolate. The other cakes in the cabinet looked amazing,... More 

Thank alycat5883
Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Modern pastry on Hannover is the best Italian pastry shop in Boston by far and is loved by the locals. The cannoli are wonderful and freshly made. Other pastries are also very tasty but the cannoli are highly recommended. Compared to other pastry shops on Hannover St, this is by far the best.

Thank RonTomp
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450 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was discussing with the owner of the great restaurant The Daily Catch down the street from the Modern Pastry where to go for some good pastries. I was thinking of going to the pastry shop across the street, but the owner said the Modern Pastry is better. Wow, do they have a HUGE menu!!! They have some Italian classics... More 

Thank Tigerman777
Cleveland, Ohio
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238 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the little annex next to main Modern entrance. Much less crowded. Not sure if there's a complete menu, but certainly enough choices to satisfy a sweet tooth. No sit service, but there are a few seats to sit once you pick goodies up at counter. Canolis never disappoint, but if I had my choice I'll take Mike's canolis... More 

Thank mikeys2
Mashpee, Massachusetts
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250 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have heard from several people that there is a feud between Modern Pastry and Mike's Pastry regarding which shop is better. While I can't vouch for Mike's Pastry, I can say that Modern Pastry is, without a doubt, the best pastry shop I've ever been to! My family and I went here for afternoon dessert. Expect to wait a... More 

Thank Ash B
Eastham, Massachusetts
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134 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As busy as their competition, but still better. Expect to wait in line for your pastries during peak times (lunch and dinner), and depending on who waits on you at the counter, it may seem impersonal. Great sections of traditional pastries like torrones, sfugliatelle, canolis, etc.

Thank Mike S
Bradenton, Florida
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016 via mobile

This place has really good pastries and coffee drinks. The cannoli was delicious, as well as the cream puff. Good place to sit and relax and get away from the cold!

Thank Megan941

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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, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
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: +1 617-523-3783

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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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