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A pastry display at the newly reopened French and Japanese bakery Japonaise in Brookline.
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The Hottest New Bakeries Around Boston

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A pastry display at the newly reopened French and Japanese bakery Japonaise in Brookline.
| Erika Adams/Eater Boston

Lucky for Bostonians, there have been a number of new bakeries opening up all around the city with menus that are built to propel us out of bed and through their doors, from the buckwheat chocolate chunk cookies at Michette in East Somerville to melty ham-and-gruyere croissants at Crémeux in Brookline. Each of the 8 bakeries on this list have opened (or re-opened with upgrades — welcome back, Japonaise!) within the past year or so. Looking for the longstanding legends? Head on over to our essential Boston bakery map.

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Michette

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After many, many months of weekend pop-up orders, owner Thomas Ferté has turned the lights on at his highly anticipated French bakery Michette in East Somerville. For the uninitiated, the buckwheat chocolate chunk cookies are a non-negotiable order, but other sure bets include the slices of creamy Basque cheesecake, pistachio chocolate croissants, and a wedge of any tart — sweet or savory — that happens to be on display.

Two dark chocolate cookies arranged on top of a white pastry box emblazoned with a “Michette” stamp.
Michette’s buckwheat chocolate chunk cookies.
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PRB Boulangerie

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The team behind popular South End spots Petit Robert Bistro and Marseille, as well as Kendall Square restaurant Batifol, might be Boston’s most prolific French restaurant group. New to the operation is PRB Boulangerie, a string of three bakeries and cafes sprinkled around the city. Fill your pockets with chocolate croissants and eclairs, but also don’t miss the excellent pain suisse, with layers of sweet brioche dough wrapped around vanilla custard and chocolate chips. A full breakfast and lunch menu is also available at the cafes. There are PRB locations in Somerville, the South End, and Kendall Square.

An oblong pastry with a caramelized exterior and vanilla cream and melty chocolate chips visible on either end.
Pain suisse from PRB Boulangerie.
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Hearth & Hug

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Inspired by childhood readings of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, owner Natalie Hug has nurtured a love of pastry through culinary school and right to her first full-time bakery: Hearth & Hug inside the Boston Public Market. Hug keeps the pastry case stocked with sweet and savory scones, multiple types of croissants, oversized pretzels dusted in crunchy flakes of salt, cinnamon rolls, and more. Breads and cakes by the slice round out the menu. Swing by nearby BPM vendor George Howell for a cup of coffee, and order up a bag of baked goods from Hug.

An oversized, browned pretzel sprinkled in flaky white salt and laid out on top of a brown paper bag.
A delicious baked pretzel from Hearth & Hug.
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Solodko Boston

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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, chocolate hazelnut croissants, and chocolate berry tarts. For die-hard pastry fans, Solodko hosts cake assembly and decoration classes; keep an eye on Instagram for details on upcoming sessions.

Japonaise Bakery

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It was a sight for sore eyes when Japonaise, a respected French and Japanese bakery that has been a Boston staple for decades, reopened last fall after a two-year hiatus. Owner Takeo Sakan (the son of former owner Hiroko Sakan) gutted and renovated the bakery with some needed technical upgrades. Now, the bakery is back in business with a bounty of treats available, including croissants, fluffy doughnuts, adorable Totoro-shaped cream puffs, and onigiri, sticky rice balls with fillings like spicy tuna and ume (a Japanese pickled plum).

A cream puff shaped like cartoon cat lies on a white paper towel square.
Japonaise’s Totoro filled with sweet custard cream.
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Colette Bakery

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French bakery Colette already has quite a following in Melrose and Medford, where its original bakery stands, but the team recently expanded into Boston proper with a third location inside the former home of the South End’s beloved Cafe Madeline. Stop in for croissants, cookies, and picturesque pastries like the glossy fruit tarts or the individual-sized Paris Brest filled with swirls of hazelnut praline cream.

A brown circular pastry shell cut in half and filled with a light brown hazelnut and praline cream.
A sweet, nutty Paris Brest from Colette.
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Lakon Paris Patisserie

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TikTok buzz can be polarizing, but it is worth braving the line to get your hands on one or five of Lakon’s ultra-popular croissants. (Plus, there are not always lines! A recent early visit on a weekday was wait-free.) The stuffed cube and ring croissants are a decadent treat, but the bakery also does the classic croissants — chocolate, ham-and-cheese, butter — extremely well. The Brookline outpost is one of two Lakon shops; the other is located in Newton.

A croissant in the shape of a cube with chocolate icing covering the top of the croissant, which is also decorated in tiny chocolate spheres.
A chocolate cube croissant from Lakon.
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Crémeux French Pâtisserie

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Brookline is home to multiple hot new bakeries this year. Just a short walk away from Lakon lies Crémeux, a New Hampshire import that specializes in French pastries. Yes, the ham-and-gruyere and almond croissants are a must but save room in your box for the other pretty little creations in the pastry case, including tangy lemon meringue tarts and chocolate eclairs.

Two round palm-sized tarts and a chocolate eclair arranged on a slab of white cardboard.
A collection of pastries from Crémeux.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

Michette

After many, many months of weekend pop-up orders, owner Thomas Ferté has turned the lights on at his highly anticipated French bakery Michette in East Somerville. For the uninitiated, the buckwheat chocolate chunk cookies are a non-negotiable order, but other sure bets include the slices of creamy Basque cheesecake, pistachio chocolate croissants, and a wedge of any tart — sweet or savory — that happens to be on display.

Two dark chocolate cookies arranged on top of a white pastry box emblazoned with a “Michette” stamp.
Michette’s buckwheat chocolate chunk cookies.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

PRB Boulangerie

The team behind popular South End spots Petit Robert Bistro and Marseille, as well as Kendall Square restaurant Batifol, might be Boston’s most prolific French restaurant group. New to the operation is PRB Boulangerie, a string of three bakeries and cafes sprinkled around the city. Fill your pockets with chocolate croissants and eclairs, but also don’t miss the excellent pain suisse, with layers of sweet brioche dough wrapped around vanilla custard and chocolate chips. A full breakfast and lunch menu is also available at the cafes. There are PRB locations in Somerville, the South End, and Kendall Square.

An oblong pastry with a caramelized exterior and vanilla cream and melty chocolate chips visible on either end.
Pain suisse from PRB Boulangerie.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

Hearth & Hug

Inspired by childhood readings of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, owner Natalie Hug has nurtured a love of pastry through culinary school and right to her first full-time bakery: Hearth & Hug inside the Boston Public Market. Hug keeps the pastry case stocked with sweet and savory scones, multiple types of croissants, oversized pretzels dusted in crunchy flakes of salt, cinnamon rolls, and more. Breads and cakes by the slice round out the menu. Swing by nearby BPM vendor George Howell for a cup of coffee, and order up a bag of baked goods from Hug.

An oversized, browned pretzel sprinkled in flaky white salt and laid out on top of a brown paper bag.
A delicious baked pretzel from Hearth & Hug.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

Solodko Boston

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, chocolate hazelnut croissants, and chocolate berry tarts. For die-hard pastry fans, Solodko hosts cake assembly and decoration classes; keep an eye on Instagram for details on upcoming sessions.

Japonaise Bakery

It was a sight for sore eyes when Japonaise, a respected French and Japanese bakery that has been a Boston staple for decades, reopened last fall after a two-year hiatus. Owner Takeo Sakan (the son of former owner Hiroko Sakan) gutted and renovated the bakery with some needed technical upgrades. Now, the bakery is back in business with a bounty of treats available, including croissants, fluffy doughnuts, adorable Totoro-shaped cream puffs, and onigiri, sticky rice balls with fillings like spicy tuna and ume (a Japanese pickled plum).

A cream puff shaped like cartoon cat lies on a white paper towel square.
Japonaise’s Totoro filled with sweet custard cream.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

Colette Bakery

French bakery Colette already has quite a following in Melrose and Medford, where its original bakery stands, but the team recently expanded into Boston proper with a third location inside the former home of the South End’s beloved Cafe Madeline. Stop in for croissants, cookies, and picturesque pastries like the glossy fruit tarts or the individual-sized Paris Brest filled with swirls of hazelnut praline cream.

A brown circular pastry shell cut in half and filled with a light brown hazelnut and praline cream.
A sweet, nutty Paris Brest from Colette.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

Lakon Paris Patisserie

TikTok buzz can be polarizing, but it is worth braving the line to get your hands on one or five of Lakon’s ultra-popular croissants. (Plus, there are not always lines! A recent early visit on a weekday was wait-free.) The stuffed cube and ring croissants are a decadent treat, but the bakery also does the classic croissants — chocolate, ham-and-cheese, butter — extremely well. The Brookline outpost is one of two Lakon shops; the other is located in Newton.

A croissant in the shape of a cube with chocolate icing covering the top of the croissant, which is also decorated in tiny chocolate spheres.
A chocolate cube croissant from Lakon.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

Crémeux French Pâtisserie

Brookline is home to multiple hot new bakeries this year. Just a short walk away from Lakon lies Crémeux, a New Hampshire import that specializes in French pastries. Yes, the ham-and-gruyere and almond croissants are a must but save room in your box for the other pretty little creations in the pastry case, including tangy lemon meringue tarts and chocolate eclairs.

Two round palm-sized tarts and a chocolate eclair arranged on a slab of white cardboard.
A collection of pastries from Crémeux.
Erika Adams/Eater Boston

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