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A maple bacon doughnut from Union Square Donuts
A maple bacon doughnut from Union Square Donuts
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Boston's Best Baked Goods and Pastries, According to Local Pastry Chefs

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A maple bacon doughnut from Union Square Donuts
| Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

In honor of Eater's first-ever Sweets Week, Eater Boston asked pastry chefs from local restaurants to rave about their favorite local desserts (not their own). Read on to see their quick-service top picks — croissants, cookies, cakes, and so much more — from some of the best bakeries and cafes in town. (Find their favorites at full-service restaurants here.)

The pastry chefs' favorites span up to Amesbury (apple cider doughnuts at Cider Hill Farm) and down to Braintree (Boston cream pie and more at Konditor Meister). Three North End pastry shops make appearances on the map, with cannoli and lobster tails galore, and there are two French patisseries, chock full of kouign amann and croissants. How many of these spots have you tried?

Are you a pastry chef at a Boston-area restaurant who would like to add your favorites to the map? It'll be updated periodically, so hit up the Eater Boston tipline with your name, where you work, and your favorite treat(s).

Note: Restaurants are listed alphabetically, not ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Clear Flour Bread

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178 Thorndike St
Boston, MA 02119
(617) 739-0060
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"Bostok — they're a decadent treat, perfectly sweet and crunchy; the toasted almonds and orange blossom are such a lovely combination!" —Rae Murphy, pastry chef at Porto

2. J.P. Licks

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659 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-6740
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"J.P. Licks' ice cream. I can't say no to a good cookie dough ice cream." —Robert Gonzalez, pastry chef at Bistro du Midi

"I'm a huge fan of the rum raisin ice cream at J.P. Licks. I have dreams about those little rum-soaked raisins." —Ashley Low, head baker at Loyal Nine

3. Mike's Pastry

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300 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-3050
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"That's easy — the Neapolitan from Mike's Pastry in the North End. Or maybe a classic cannoli. Actually, it's hard to choose, but Mike's Pastry has been my #1 pastry go-to for as long as I can remember." —Katie Gordon, pastry chef at Trade
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4. Athan's Bakery

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1621 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 734-7028
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"The baklava." —Rachel Gibeley, pastry chef at Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar

5. Bova's Bakery

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134 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-5601
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"My favorite baked good is a black-and-white cookie from Bova’s in the North End. It’s my favorite cookie in my favorite old-school bakery in town. I always get one whenever I'm in the North End." —Kenny Hoshino, pastry chef at Alden & Harlow and Waypoint

6. Breadboard Bakery Pop-up @ Cutty's

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284 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 505-1844
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"The Texas-style kolaches from Breadboard Bakery (a pop-up located at Cutty’s in Brookline). They’re soft, super-tender pastries filled with fruit or sweet cream cheese. I must admit, I ate three of them in one sitting the first time I tried them — they were that good!" —Ben Dorn, pastry chef at Saltbox Kitchen

7. Cafe Madeleine

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517 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(857) 239-8052
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"No question: the eclair chocolat." —Alex Bonnefoi, pastry chef at Strip by Strega

8. Caramel French Pâtisserie

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"I had a really good kouign amann at Caramel Patisserie in Salem. Kouign amanns are my favorite pastries. They’re similar to croissants but laminated with sugar, which caramelizes between the layers and gives them a sweet crunch." —Lilah Rogoff, pastry chef at Catalyst
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9. Cider Hill Farm

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45 Fern Ave
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-5525
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"Apple cider doughnuts." —Michelle Boland, pastry chef at Davio's Lynnfield

10. Danish Pastry House

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330 Boston Ave
Medford, MA 02155
(781) 396-8999
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"I love stopping at the Danish Pastry House in Medford and picking up some kringle. When I was growing up, Danish pastries were always a staple at Christmastime in my house. And while I am very capable of making it myself, it’s fairly time consuming and requires a lot of counter space, which my home currently lacks." —Jenn Harvey, bar manager at Temple Bar (formerly a pastry chef at Stix)

11. Flour Bakery + Cafe

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190 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 225-2525
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"The ginger molasses cookies." —Rachel Gibeley, pastry chef at Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar

"Got to be the sticky buns." —Maria Cavaleri, executive pastry chef of Big Night Entertainment Group (Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge, Red Lantern, and GEM)

"As a Flour Bakery alum, I obviously think the world of all of their pastries. It's a hard decision, but I think it's a tie between the pain aux raisins and the Boston cream pie. I guess I'm a sucker for sweets with pastry cream in them." —Brianne “Bee” McCaughin, pastry chef at Osteria Posto

"Definitely the kouign amann from Flour Bakery. It's insane." —Lauren Kroesser, pastry chef at Island Creek Oyster Bar

12. Fornax Bread Company

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27 Corinth St
Boston, MA 02131
(617) 325-8852
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"Little cinnamon pastries at the Fornax in Roslindale. My friend calls them 'pets de sœurs,' little nuns' farts."

13. Kane's Donuts

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120 Lincoln Ave
Saugus, MA 01906
(781) 233-8499
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"Specifically their chocolate glazed." —Michelle Boland, pastry chef at Davio's Lynnfield

"My favorite baked good is from Kane’s Donuts. I was never a huge fan of doughnuts until the day I tasted one of theirs." —Hannah Lurier, executive pastry chef at Alta Strada Wellesley

14. Konditor Meister

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32 Wood Rd
Braintree, MA 02184
(781) 849-1970
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"I have a soft spot for Konditor Meister in Braintree. I think they have one of the best Boston cream pies I have had, as well as a whole display case of delicious pastries. Must-tries include the cheesecake tart, decadence brownie, and strawberry grande marnier cake (their specialty)." —Doug Phillips, executive pastry chef at Woods Hill Table

15. Lady M Confections

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304 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115
"Green tea mousse cake." —Robert Differ, pastry chef at Bar Boulud

16. Modern Pastry Shop

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263 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-3783
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"A nice classic rum cake at Modern Pastry. It's some good eats for sure." —Chris Mendonca, chef at Granary Tavern

"Modern's paragina cake — Italian sponge cake, vanilla custard, peaches, flaky pastry shell, and whipped cream." —Carla Pallotta, co-owner of Nebo (and head of the dessert program)

17. Smolak Farms

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315 S Bradford St
North Andover, MA 01845
(978) 682-6332
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"Apple cider doughnuts." —Michelle Boland, pastry chef at Davio's Lynnfield

18. Sofra Bakery & Cafe

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1 Belmont St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-3161
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"Sofra's sesame cashew bar is crack to me. Perfect balance of sweet, salty, crunchy, and nutty." —Meghan Thompson, pastry chef at Townsman

"Sofra is always a winner. Interesting and delicious." —Jamie Bissonnette, chef/owner of Little Donkey, Coppa, and Toro

"I love everything there. I think Maura [Kilpatrick] is a talented pastry chef!" —Marissa Rossi, executive pastry chef at Puritan & Co.

"So many unconventional flavors in familiar pastry packages." —Kate Holowchik, pastry chef at The Townshend

19. Tatte Bakery & Cafe

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318 Third Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 354-4200
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"Almond croissant." —Christina Allen-Flores, executive pastry chef at ArtBar and Studio at the Royal Sonesta

20. Thinking Cup

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165 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-5555
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"The Nutella croissant. I call it baked euphoria…heavenly!" —Jesse Jackson, III, executive pastry chef at No.9 Park

21. Union Square Donuts

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20 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 209-2257
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"All the Union Square Donuts doughnuts. Heather is the bomb, and I love their flavors." —Kevin Walsh, chef/owner of Tapestry
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1. Clear Flour Bread

178 Thorndike St, Boston, MA 02119
"Bostok — they're a decadent treat, perfectly sweet and crunchy; the toasted almonds and orange blossom are such a lovely combination!" —Rae Murphy, pastry chef at Porto
178 Thorndike St
Boston, MA 02119

2. J.P. Licks

659 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130

"J.P. Licks' ice cream. I can't say no to a good cookie dough ice cream." —Robert Gonzalez, pastry chef at Bistro du Midi

"I'm a huge fan of the rum raisin ice cream at J.P. Licks. I have dreams about those little rum-soaked raisins." —Ashley Low, head baker at Loyal Nine

659 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130

3. Mike's Pastry

300 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
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"That's easy — the Neapolitan from Mike's Pastry in the North End. Or maybe a classic cannoli. Actually, it's hard to choose, but Mike's Pastry has been my #1 pastry go-to for as long as I can remember." —Katie Gordon, pastry chef at Trade
300 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113

4. Athan's Bakery

1621 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446
"The baklava." —Rachel Gibeley, pastry chef at Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar
1621 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446

5. Bova's Bakery

134 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
"My favorite baked good is a black-and-white cookie from Bova’s in the North End. It’s my favorite cookie in my favorite old-school bakery in town. I always get one whenever I'm in the North End." —Kenny Hoshino, pastry chef at Alden & Harlow and Waypoint
134 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113

6. Breadboard Bakery Pop-up @ Cutty's

284 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445
"The Texas-style kolaches from Breadboard Bakery (a pop-up located at Cutty’s in Brookline). They’re soft, super-tender pastries filled with fruit or sweet cream cheese. I must admit, I ate three of them in one sitting the first time I tried them — they were that good!" —Ben Dorn, pastry chef at Saltbox Kitchen
284 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445

7. Cafe Madeleine

517 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118
"No question: the eclair chocolat." —Alex Bonnefoi, pastry chef at Strip by Strega
517 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118

8. Caramel French Pâtisserie

Salem, MA 01970
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"I had a really good kouign amann at Caramel Patisserie in Salem. Kouign amanns are my favorite pastries. They’re similar to croissants but laminated with sugar, which caramelizes between the layers and gives them a sweet crunch." —Lilah Rogoff, pastry chef at Catalyst

9. Cider Hill Farm

45 Fern Ave, Amesbury, MA 01913
"Apple cider doughnuts." —Michelle Boland, pastry chef at Davio's Lynnfield
45 Fern Ave
Amesbury, MA 01913

10. Danish Pastry House

330 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155
"I love stopping at the Danish Pastry House in Medford and picking up some kringle. When I was growing up, Danish pastries were always a staple at Christmastime in my house. And while I am very capable of making it myself, it’s fairly time consuming and requires a lot of counter space, which my home currently lacks." —Jenn Harvey, bar manager at Temple Bar (formerly a pastry chef at Stix)
330 Boston Ave
Medford, MA 02155

11. Flour Bakery + Cafe

190 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

"The ginger molasses cookies." —Rachel Gibeley, pastry chef at Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar

"Got to be the sticky buns." —Maria Cavaleri, executive pastry chef of Big Night Entertainment Group (Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge, Red Lantern, and GEM)

"As a Flour Bakery alum, I obviously think the world of all of their pastries. It's a hard decision, but I think it's a tie between the pain aux raisins and the Boston cream pie. I guess I'm a sucker for sweets with pastry cream in them." —Brianne “Bee” McCaughin, pastry chef at Osteria Posto

"Definitely the kouign amann from Flour Bakery. It's insane." —Lauren Kroesser, pastry chef at Island Creek Oyster Bar

190 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

12. Fornax Bread Company

27 Corinth St, Boston, MA 02131
"Little cinnamon pastries at the Fornax in Roslindale. My friend calls them 'pets de sœurs,' little nuns' farts."
27 Corinth St
Boston, MA 02131

13. Kane's Donuts

120 Lincoln Ave, Saugus, MA 01906

"Specifically their chocolate glazed." —Michelle Boland, pastry chef at Davio's Lynnfield

"My favorite baked good is from Kane’s Donuts. I was never a huge fan of doughnuts until the day I tasted one of theirs." —Hannah Lurier, executive pastry chef at Alta Strada Wellesley

120 Lincoln Ave
Saugus, MA 01906

14. Konditor Meister

32 Wood Rd, Braintree, MA 02184
"I have a soft spot for Konditor Meister in Braintree. I think they have one of the best Boston cream pies I have had, as well as a whole display case of delicious pastries. Must-tries include the cheesecake tart, decadence brownie, and strawberry grande marnier cake (their specialty)." —Doug Phillips, executive pastry chef at Woods Hill Table
32 Wood Rd
Braintree, MA 02184

15. Lady M Confections

304 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
"Green tea mousse cake." —Robert Differ, pastry chef at Bar Boulud
304 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

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16. Modern Pastry Shop

263 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

"A nice classic rum cake at Modern Pastry. It's some good eats for sure." —Chris Mendonca, chef at Granary Tavern

"Modern's paragina cake — Italian sponge cake, vanilla custard, peaches, flaky pastry shell, and whipped cream." —Carla Pallotta, co-owner of Nebo (and head of the dessert program)

263 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113

17. Smolak Farms

315 S Bradford St, North Andover, MA 01845
"Apple cider doughnuts." —Michelle Boland, pastry chef at Davio's Lynnfield
315 S Bradford St
North Andover, MA 01845

18. Sofra Bakery & Cafe

1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

"Sofra's sesame cashew bar is crack to me. Perfect balance of sweet, salty, crunchy, and nutty." —Meghan Thompson, pastry chef at Townsman

"Sofra is always a winner. Interesting and delicious." —Jamie Bissonnette, chef/owner of Little Donkey, Coppa, and Toro

"I love everything there. I think Maura [Kilpatrick] is a talented pastry chef!" —Marissa Rossi, executive pastry chef at Puritan & Co.

"So many unconventional flavors in familiar pastry packages." —Kate Holowchik, pastry chef at The Townshend

1 Belmont St
Cambridge, MA 02138

19. Tatte Bakery & Cafe

318 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
"Almond croissant." —Christina Allen-Flores, executive pastry chef at ArtBar and Studio at the Royal Sonesta
318 Third Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

20. Thinking Cup

165 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111
"The Nutella croissant. I call it baked euphoria…heavenly!" —Jesse Jackson, III, executive pastry chef at No.9 Park
165 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111

21. Union Square Donuts

20 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143
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"All the Union Square Donuts doughnuts. Heather is the bomb, and I love their flavors." —Kevin Walsh, chef/owner of Tapestry
20 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143