The holiday season is upon us in all its merriment; and while snowflakes and carols and gifts are all nice, what is it that we really wait for this time of year?—Holiday desserts! It’s time to enjoy our favorites that only come around during this wonderful time. For those of you visiting us in Boston, we want to make it easy for you to find these special holiday treats, because less time searching means more time eating! Below are our top five favorite bakeries spanning the city of Boston where you can indulge that holiday sweet tooth we know is beckoning.
Clear Flour Bread
Tucked away in the Brookline neighborhood, just off the beaten path of the bustling Commonwealth Avenue, you will find this gem. You don’t even have to be fully inside the door before you start to smell the wonderment they are conjuring up in this quaint bakery. The tall pastry cart is decked out with holiday specialties that change daily, in addition to all of their staple pastries, cookies and breads that cover the counters and surround the shop. Look out for their apple strudel, gingerbread, and Stollen (yeasted sweet bread that is enriched with butter, eggs and almond paste, and filled with rum soaked fruit and almonds). These will certainly fill you with holiday cheer!
178 Thorndike Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Flour Bakery & Cafe
Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery is an institution in Boston’s pastry scene. Boasting six locations in the city this bakery is known for quality and creativity. The huge array of sweet treats pulls you, nose-to-glass, up to the the pastry counter. It is always difficult to choose something as all of the choices are so tempting. This holiday season, get festive with the spiced eggnog cheesecake or the chocolate buche de noel. These desserts truly exude holiday spirit!
Flour Bakery Locations:
1595 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
190 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
131 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116
12 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210
114 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
40 Erie Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Sofra Bakery & Café
One of the most special places not only to enjoy pastries, but also to enjoy food and drinks is Sofra Bakery & Café. Once you step inside you are whisked off to a magical land filled with smells and ingredients you may not recognize immediately. This Turkish café creates some of the most incredibly creative and scrumptious pastries in the city using unique ingredients such as homemade milk jam and rose jam. Come the holidays, they are always ready with their oatmeal stout gingerbread and sticky toffee pudding. These are close-your-eyes-and-get-lost-in-the-moment kind of desserts.
1 Belmont Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
One bite and these pies will make you feel like you were swept off your feet by a mistletoe smooch. These pies mean business! Along with their already incredibly delicious pie menu, they are offering two special holiday pies. A custard pie baked in their buttery piecrust, and a peppermint chocolate cream pie in a chocolate crust. The month of December is synonymous with butter and heavy cream in the food world and these pies do the trick—indulgent and flavorful!
285 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA 02143
31 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
594 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
A staple in Boston’s historic North End, Bova’s Bakery makes some of the best cannolis around (sorry Mike’s and Modern, we love you too). Cannolis can be used to celebrate every occasion, and Bova’s are truly celebration-worthy. They are also open 24 hours a day, so you can indulge that holiday craving at any time of day…or night. Bova’s also makes holiday pies, but really, it is all about the cannolis! Head on over and enjoy a holiday cannoli in the North End, you might as well stop for some pasta as well while you’re over there. It is the holidays after all!
134 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113
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