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10 Great Bakeries in Boston’s Chinatown

Where to eat mooncakes, pineapple buns, egg tarts, and more

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It’s no secret that Chinatown is home to some of the best food in Boston. From dumplings to noodles to hot pot, a diner could eat three meals a day for a month in Chinatown and not scratch the surface of what the neighborhood has to offer. And Chinatown’s offerings don’t end with the savory — the neighborhood is also home to some excellent bakeries.

Here are 10 of the best.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Eldo Cake House

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36 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 350-7977
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Eldo Cake House is best known for its fruit cakes, and that’s what a hungry eater should order. Grab a slice to go, and walk around Chinatown — or to the Boston Common, or to the waterfront — or eat at one of Eldo’s handful of tables. Word to the wise: There’s a $10 credit card minimum.

Overhead view of an oblong coconut tart with a maraschino cherry embedded in it, on a white paper bag on a green background
Coconut tart from Eldo Cake House
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2. Beard Papa's

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31 Harrison Ave Unit A
Boston, MA 02111
(857) 263-7169
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This Japanese chain is known for its cream puffs. According to the company lore, the cream puffs are supposed to resemble the beard of the baker in Osaka who developed the recipe. Beard Papa’s also makes mochi ice cream dumplings, where the ice cream acts as the filling and the sweet rice confection acts as the outer skin. Credit cards are cool at Beard Papa’s.

A cream puff topped with a green tea glaze is wrapped in white paper, with a cartoonish Beard Papa’s logo visible on the paper. It all sits on a wooden counter.
Green tea eclair from Beard Papa’s
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3. Mei Sum Bakery

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36 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 357-4050

This spot is very much no-frills (and as such, accepts cash only). The savory order at Mei Sum is the banh mi, which is served on house-baked bread; the sweet order at Mei Sum is the egg tart or the coconut cake.

A bright yellow egg tart sits on a white paper bag on a stone background
Egg tart from Mei Sum Bakery
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4. Egg Puff Lady

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42 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

The Egg Puff Lady (or Egg Puffs, as the kiosk is also sometimes called) has posted hours, but sometimes she’s not there during those posted hours. Maybe don’t make this the main reason for a Chinatown visit, but if she’s there, definitely get some of these egg puff waffles, which are fluffy and sweet and the perfect way to cap any food crawl through Chinatown. Note: The Egg Puff Lady accepts cash only, and she’s located inside the tiny food hall that also includes Avana Sushi and Hot Eastern.

A pink cart that serves egg puffs inside of a small food court. It’s decorated with a large photo of egg puffs.
Egg Puff Lady in the Avana food court
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5. Ho Yuen Bakery

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54 Beach St # 1
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-8320

Ho Yuen is small and cash only, and it’s packed with various mooncakes (among other pastries), which are typically made with a flaky outer pastry and filled with red bean or lotus seed paste.

A small red bean mooncake with a glossy pastry shell sits on a white paper bag on a wooden table
Small red bean mooncake from Ho Yuen Bakery
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6. 101 Bakery

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56 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 451-9988

Adjacent to Ho Yuen but a bit more spacious (and with a few tables), 101 Bakery offers eaters a fairly large variety of pastries, including taro pastries, red bean buns, custard buns, and pineapple cake. Wash it all down with some milk tea. Note: 101 Bakery has a $10 credit card minimum.

A swirled purple pastry made of taro and a small glossy mooncake sit on a white paper bag on a stone background
Taro pastry and pineapple mooncake from 101 Bakery
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7. Great Taste Bakery

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61-63 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-6688
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Not everything on this map is a sweet treat: The barbecue pork pie is a standout at Great Taste Bakery, which is adjacent to its sister dining spot Great Taste Restaurant. Order one, and eat it at the bakery’s lone table. Cash only.

A flaky, golden puff pastry sits on a white bag, with the word “Bag” and a fish visible in red. The bag sits on a green table.
Barbecue pork pie from Great Taste Bakery
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8. Hing Shing Pastry

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67 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 451-1162

Hing Shing Pastry is steps from the iconic Chinatown gate, which is perfect for tourists who want to be particularly touristy in one of Boston’s most touristy locations. The bakery, however, is not a tourist trap: Try the almond cookies, and perhaps throw in a walnut cookie as well.

Two large cookies — one with an almond in the center and one with a walnut — overlap on a white paper bag on a green table
Almond (left) and walnut cookies from Hing Shing
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9. Bao Bao Bakery & Cafe

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84 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 988-8191
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Bao Bao Bakery & Cafe is owned by the same folks behind Double Chin (which is next door) and is serving one of the best pineapple buns in the city. Bao Bao’s cakes are also not to be missed (as well as being quite gorgeous).

A big, round, yellow pineapple bun with a crackly top sits on a white paper bag
Pineapple bun from Bao Bao Bakery
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10. May's Cake House

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223 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 350-0210

May’s Cake House is hidden in a basement a bit outside the main Chinatown drag, but it’s well worth the extra walking. Order the excellent mango mousse cake, and eat it on a park bench in the tiny Tai Tung Park a couple blocks away if both of May’s tables are already taken. If it’s a savory treat you’re after, try a shrimp rice noodle roll — or, for a sweet-and-savory combo, the fried dough rice noodle roll (pictured).

Overhead view of a white styrofoam container holding chunks of fried dough, each wrapped in a wide rice noodle, with a cup of soy sauce.
Rice noodle rolls with fried dough from May’s Cake House
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1. Eldo Cake House

36 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111
Overhead view of an oblong coconut tart with a maraschino cherry embedded in it, on a white paper bag on a green background
Coconut tart from Eldo Cake House
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Eldo Cake House is best known for its fruit cakes, and that’s what a hungry eater should order. Grab a slice to go, and walk around Chinatown — or to the Boston Common, or to the waterfront — or eat at one of Eldo’s handful of tables. Word to the wise: There’s a $10 credit card minimum.

36 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111

2. Beard Papa's

31 Harrison Ave Unit A, Boston, MA 02111
A cream puff topped with a green tea glaze is wrapped in white paper, with a cartoonish Beard Papa’s logo visible on the paper. It all sits on a wooden counter.
Green tea eclair from Beard Papa’s
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This Japanese chain is known for its cream puffs. According to the company lore, the cream puffs are supposed to resemble the beard of the baker in Osaka who developed the recipe. Beard Papa’s also makes mochi ice cream dumplings, where the ice cream acts as the filling and the sweet rice confection acts as the outer skin. Credit cards are cool at Beard Papa’s.

31 Harrison Ave Unit A
Boston, MA 02111

3. Mei Sum Bakery

36 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
A bright yellow egg tart sits on a white paper bag on a stone background
Egg tart from Mei Sum Bakery
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This spot is very much no-frills (and as such, accepts cash only). The savory order at Mei Sum is the banh mi, which is served on house-baked bread; the sweet order at Mei Sum is the egg tart or the coconut cake.

36 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

4. Egg Puff Lady

42 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
A pink cart that serves egg puffs inside of a small food court. It’s decorated with a large photo of egg puffs.
Egg Puff Lady in the Avana food court
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The Egg Puff Lady (or Egg Puffs, as the kiosk is also sometimes called) has posted hours, but sometimes she’s not there during those posted hours. Maybe don’t make this the main reason for a Chinatown visit, but if she’s there, definitely get some of these egg puff waffles, which are fluffy and sweet and the perfect way to cap any food crawl through Chinatown. Note: The Egg Puff Lady accepts cash only, and she’s located inside the tiny food hall that also includes Avana Sushi and Hot Eastern.

42 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

5. Ho Yuen Bakery

54 Beach St # 1, Boston, MA 02111
A small red bean mooncake with a glossy pastry shell sits on a white paper bag on a wooden table
Small red bean mooncake from Ho Yuen Bakery
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Ho Yuen is small and cash only, and it’s packed with various mooncakes (among other pastries), which are typically made with a flaky outer pastry and filled with red bean or lotus seed paste.

54 Beach St # 1
Boston, MA 02111

6. 101 Bakery

56 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
A swirled purple pastry made of taro and a small glossy mooncake sit on a white paper bag on a stone background
Taro pastry and pineapple mooncake from 101 Bakery
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Adjacent to Ho Yuen but a bit more spacious (and with a few tables), 101 Bakery offers eaters a fairly large variety of pastries, including taro pastries, red bean buns, custard buns, and pineapple cake. Wash it all down with some milk tea. Note: 101 Bakery has a $10 credit card minimum.

56 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

7. Great Taste Bakery

61-63 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
A flaky, golden puff pastry sits on a white bag, with the word “Bag” and a fish visible in red. The bag sits on a green table.
Barbecue pork pie from Great Taste Bakery
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Not everything on this map is a sweet treat: The barbecue pork pie is a standout at Great Taste Bakery, which is adjacent to its sister dining spot Great Taste Restaurant. Order one, and eat it at the bakery’s lone table. Cash only.

61-63 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

8. Hing Shing Pastry

67 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
Two large cookies — one with an almond in the center and one with a walnut — overlap on a white paper bag on a green table
Almond (left) and walnut cookies from Hing Shing
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Hing Shing Pastry is steps from the iconic Chinatown gate, which is perfect for tourists who want to be particularly touristy in one of Boston’s most touristy locations. The bakery, however, is not a tourist trap: Try the almond cookies, and perhaps throw in a walnut cookie as well.

67 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

9. Bao Bao Bakery & Cafe

84 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111
A big, round, yellow pineapple bun with a crackly top sits on a white paper bag
Pineapple bun from Bao Bao Bakery
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Bao Bao Bakery & Cafe is owned by the same folks behind Double Chin (which is next door) and is serving one of the best pineapple buns in the city. Bao Bao’s cakes are also not to be missed (as well as being quite gorgeous).

84 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111

10. May's Cake House

223 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111
Overhead view of a white styrofoam container holding chunks of fried dough, each wrapped in a wide rice noodle, with a cup of soy sauce.
Rice noodle rolls with fried dough from May’s Cake House
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

May’s Cake House is hidden in a basement a bit outside the main Chinatown drag, but it’s well worth the extra walking. Order the excellent mango mousse cake, and eat it on a park bench in the tiny Tai Tung Park a couple blocks away if both of May’s tables are already taken. If it’s a savory treat you’re after, try a shrimp rice noodle roll — or, for a sweet-and-savory combo, the fried dough rice noodle roll (pictured).

223 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111

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