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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
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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Round Rock, Texas
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104 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved their cream puff. Stuffed with fresh whipped cream and sweetened ricotta. Perfectly crisp, flaky cream puff. So good. Huge, flaky croissants. Wonderful lemon square. Both tart and sweet. Crust was buttery and moist. Cannoli are stuffed to order.

Thank AudreyS1994
West Palm Beach, Florida
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Tremendous selection of delicious desserts. From Canoli's to fruit tarts to chocolate heaven. A must stop in the North End.

Thank James V
Calgary, Canada
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When inBoston you must try a Cannoli from Mikes pastry and a modern and then pick which one you are... they are omg good. modern was also a nicer atmosphere the girl at the counter talked with me for a bit and was sooo present Mikes just took your order and gave your stuff and went to the next person.

Thank Dieseldog2014
Trumbull, Connecticut
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104 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

so much to choose from. Cappuccinos were perfect. If it's too crowded, there is an express store right next door with all the same offerings (except porcelain mugs, it's a to-go place with seats)

Thank trvvlngkim
Tel Aviv
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282 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tested Modern head to head with Mike's to see which one of the two would prevail. Tries 2-3 from each shop and Mike's won in all. The filling in modern was heavier and the shell too thick and too crunchy (is this possible). So while this place does have a shorter wait I would go around the corner (or down... More 

Thank uri_fi
Innsbruck, Austria
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243 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

the goodies from th modern pastry shop was so good, we went there twice. Especially liked the canoli, but the other sweets were great also. Very friendly service in spite of their success and the long waiting lines. Fully recommended!

Thank Detritus68
Nashville, TN
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the north district to have an authentic italian dinner and then stopped in Modern for pastries. We started at the new shop, and the line was very long so we walked down to the older shop and ordered there. The waitress was very helpful and answered all of our questions, we ordered several cannolis, macaroons, and a slice... More 

Thank magmo123
San Diego, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While on a walking tour of the North End, we visited Modern Pastry. If we lived in Boston this would become one of my regular stops. I know Modern is often compared to Mike's... They're both tasty, but the different, in my opinion, is Mike's is very touristy. You feel rushed to get in and get out. The staff at... More 

Thank Jan M
Pepperell, Massachusetts
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164 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 

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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
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children, 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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