Stepping into a great bakery is like stepping into a warm, comforting hug. And, lucky for Bostonians, there have been a number of new bakeries opening up all around the city with menus that are built to propel you out of bed and through their doors, from the toasty, cheesy pão de queijo at Bōm Dough in Cambridge to Ferrero Rocher-inspired eclairs at playful patisserie Salt in Newton Centre. Below, check out eight of the hottest new bakeries around Boston, all of which have opened in the past 12 to 18 months.Read More
The Hottest New Bakeries Around Boston
Flaky Haitian patés, Korean American peanut butter chili crisp cookies, showstopping raspberry pistachio croissants, and more
Grêp Kafé & Sweets Bakery
Grêp Kafé is a sunny little Haitian American cafe and bakery in Medford inspired by the owners’ summers spent in the Haitian countryside. Slip inside and fill up a bag with patés, or flaky puff pastries stuffed with savory fillings including veggies, chicken, beef, and an excellent herring option with a bit of a spicy kick. Brownies, muffins, and scones are also available.
Yafa Bakery & Cafe
Embrace the sweet scents wafting out the door at Yafa, a beautiful Mediterranean bakery stocked with intricate, bite-sized pastries that are perfect for taking to a party or decorating your own kitchen all week. Owner Abdulla Awad warmly welcomes each customer with a smile and — if you’re lucky — a few fun samples from behind the pastry case. Follow his recommendations, and wash it all down with a subtly spiced chai made with saffron and cinnamon.
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Nine Winters Bakery
Located inside Somerville’s Bow Market, Nine Winters is a Korean American bakery that outdoes itself on flavor combinations, from unique milk breads to cookies and cake by the slice. The eye-catching cookie ingredient mixes, from peanut butter chili crisp to double chocolate laced with gochujang-infused honey, beg the tried-and-true bakery order: “One of each, please.”
Alright, let’s get this out of the way first: Bōm Dough is also a restaurant with an all-day menu of sandwiches and brunch fare, and plenty of seating indoors. But come especially for the bakery portion: Bōm does a terrific rendition of pão de queijo, the famed Brazilian cheese bread. It’s served warm and with a variety of fillings, including bacon, pesto, garlic, and guava. Or, go for the boulder-sized version: The hot, sesame-crusted bun is filled with ham and cheese or chicken and cheese and makes for a great meal on its own.
Solodko — the Ukranian word for “sweet” — is a Brighton pastry newcomer from Ukranian sisters Ilona and Irina Znakharchuk. The confections are (almost) too pretty to eat, from eclairs and macarons to honey cake by the slice, poppyseed strawberry croissants, and chocolate cherry and mango passionfruit tarts.
Bakey, from noted babka whisperer Uri Scheft and co-founder Or Ohana, was slammed from the moment it opened in Fall 2021. The babka in all of its forms — chocolate, raspberry, almond, and more — is an essential order here, but don’t miss the savory side of the pastry case. The cheese sticks, potato burekas, and goat cheese croissants all make for great eating either perched on a window seat inside the bakery or relaxing on a park bench across the street in Boston Common.
Cocorico, which occupies a small nook on the ground floor of the Omni Hotel in the Seaport, may look like nothing more than a coffee station for transient hotel customers, but that’d be wildly underestimating the pastry talent behind the bar. Run by Flour alum Mai Nguyen (who is also the head pastry chef at adjacent restaurant Coquette), the French boulangerie sells breakfast sandwiches on housemade, buttery rolls, toasted baguette sandwiches, and a stunning collection of morning pastries, including a photogenic raspberry pistachio croissant bursting at the seams with pistachio cream and raspberry jam.
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Who wouldn’t smile a little brighter after biting into a tiramisu pick-me-up? Or a gold leaf-flecked eclair with a chocolate shell and creamy, chocolate interior that tastes just like a Ferrero Rocher truffle, but extends the length of an eclair? Chef Thiago Silva is clearly having fun with Salt, his Newton Centre patisserie that opened its doors in July 2022. While you’re inside, take a minute to check out the showstopping sculptural cakes behind the display glass at the front of the shop that are designed with unexpected inspiration — like the building’s plumbing — in mind.