Best of Boston

BEST Bakery

1998 BEST Bakery

Hi-Rise Bread Company

Cambridge

If bread making is calming and cathartic, watching the bakers here is like Prozac by proxy. Chef-owner Rene Becker rose swiftly to the top of the baking world by supplying local restaurants with excellent breads; he also makes cookies, pies,… read more »

1996 BEST Bakery

Kam Lung Bakery

Boston

We like the intriguing array of baked goods rarely seen in American shops—the steamed rice dumpling filled with onions, pork, and dried shrimp or the sweet mixed-nut tart. And for timid western palates: the coconut butter roll. read more »

1996 BEST Bakery

Wheatstone Baking Company

Boston

A neighborhood source for fresh-baked breads and pastries. Highlights include the herb-poppyseed bread, garlic Parmesan focaccia, nutty sticky buns, and chocolate-chip-hazelnut biscotti. read more »

1996 BEST Bakery

Biscotti’s Pasticceria Italiana

Boston

There are lots of great bakeries in the North End, but Biscotti’s has a secret advantage: the Sicilian grandma who makes the traditional meringues, macaroons, and lemon cookies from her native land. As good as any you will find in… read more »

1996 BEST Bakery

Dancing Deer

West Roxbury

The butter yellow painted-brick facade houses marvelous treats—gingerbread in the fall, lemon-blackberry cake in the summer. Our absolute favorite item is available only on Sunday: sweet fruit bread studded with dried sour cherries, cranberries, raisins, and other fruits. Divine. read more »

1995 BEST Bakery

Iggy

Watertown

We love the longuette with black olives and rofumo cheese, the skinny ficelle with sesame seeds, and the raisin pecan rolls. The weekend special of cranberry pecan bread is worth waiting in line for. read more »

1994 BEST Bakery, New

Biga Breads

Charlestown

We could live by bread alone if it came from Biga Breads, the fledgling bakery that already has an enthusiastic following for its crusty peasant-style loaves. Olive bread and black currant and molasses loaf are especially popular but our favorites… read more »

1991 BEST Bakery, New

Cezanne

Cambridge

Rich and dense cakes, fabulous cookies, and first-rate breads—treats worth a special trip, indeed. read more »

1982 BEST Bakery, Chain, Product

Warburtons

Boston

This Copley Square establishment has some of the freshest muffins in town. read more »