Best of Boston

2019 Best Bakery

Sofra Bakery & Café

A haze of Turkish spices lures regulars seeking carrot-feta pogaca and seedy simit bread at this a.m.-to-p.m. purveyor of Middle Eastern–inspired bites. Acclaimed pastry guru Maura Kilpatrick—who oversees similarly striking programs at sibling spots Oleana and Sarma—also excels at sweeter stuff, such as walnut-studded baklava and a show-stopping oatmeal raisin cookie (yes, really!) pumped up with tahini. Oh, and her halvah? Heavenly.

One Belmont St., Cambridge, 617-661-3161,