Best of Boston

2006 Best Patisserie

Clear Flour Bread

The crisp, airy baguettes and delicious country loaves are an excellent reason to make this European-style bakery the stop for your daily bread. But it’s the cinnamon ‘morning buns,’ pear-ginger coffee cake, and apricot brioche that make us loyal—nay, slavish—customers. Clear Flour’s crowning glory, and on this even the most exacting French pâtissier would have to agree, is their chocolate croissant: diaphanous, buttery, divine.

178 Thorndike St., Brookline, 617-739-0060,