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BEST Bakery for Sweets

2013 BEST Bakery for Sweets

Clear Flour Bread

Brookline

This tiny Brookline shop has made its name—quite literally—on its nubby olive rolls, grainy loaves, and airy brioche. But when we line up on weekends, it’s for something a bit sweeter, in the form of cinnamon morning buns, stunning fruit… read more»

2012 BEST Bakery for Sweets

Modern Pastry

Boston

In business for more than 70 years, this North End landmark continues to offer a delicious dose of Old World baking charm. With its velvety truffles, homey thumbprint cookies, and decadent rum-soaked sponge cakes layered with chocolate mousse and thick… read more»

2009 BEST Bakery for Sweets

Sofra Bakery and Cafe

Cambridge

Trailing orange blossom syrup and rose petal sugar, Ana Sortun’s year-old bakery-café comes on like a Salome of sweets, beguiling the cupcake-and-cookie crowd with such Middle Eastern-inspired delicacies as Egyptian bread pudding and Syrian shortbread with rhubarb-rose jam. To pastry… read more»

2008 BEST Bakery for Sweets

Flour Bakery + Cafe

Boston

You can’t call yourself a Bostonian until you’ve whiled away a Sunday morning nibbling a sticky bun at Flour. Regulars know to arrive early, before the hopeful hordes of sugar babies queue up for owner Joanne Chang’s homemade Oreo cookies… read more»

2008 BEST Bakery for Sweets

Flour Bakery + Cafe

Boston

You can’t call yourself a Bostonian until you’ve whiled away a Sunday morning nibbling a sticky bun at Flour. Regulars know to arrive early, before the hopeful hordes of sugar babies queue up for owner Joanne Chang’s homemade Oreo cookies… read more»

2007 BEST Bakery for Sweets

Canto 6

Jamaica Plain

In Dante’s Inferno, Canto 6 describes the circle of hell reserved for the gluttonous. In J.P., it’s a cheery bakery that lures patrons with dark chocolate cookies studded with tart dried cherries and buttery almond croissants dusted with powdered sugar…. read more»

2005 BEST Bakery for Sweets

Clear Flour Bread

Brookline

You see the customers patiently waiting outside this off-the-beaten-path Brookline bakery on rainy weekend mornings, and you think, Surely the baguettes can’t bethatgood. They are, actually, but here’s betting it’s the chock-full-of-fruit flaky tarts, addictive sticky buns, decadent brownies, and… read more»

2004 BEST Bakery for Sweets

Café Vanille

Boston

Most bakeries aim for French authenticity, but few this side of the Atlantic succeed as completely as Café Vanille. Choosing between the flaky, airy, and flawlessly textured chocolate croissants and blissful fresh-fruit custard tarts is an exercise in futility: Just… read more»

2002 BEST Bakery for Sweets

Truly Jörg’s

Chelsea

Who would expect to find the recherché charm of an exquisite Champs-Elysées café in Chelsea? Anyone who knows Truly Jörg’s—the tiny European-style patisserie crammed with utter delicacies—that’s who. Co-owner Jörg Amsler has created desserts for Dubya’s dad in Kennebunkport and… read more»

2001 BEST Bakery for Sweets

Café Vanille

Boston

Experienced sweet-tooths know exactly where to turn when sugar cravings hit. Vanille’s pastry cases are chock full of tantalizing treats: cappuccino cheesecake, chocoholic bliss tart, Boston cream pie. Don’t fret if you can’t decide. Just sample the bakery’s petit fours—bite-sized… read more»