Best of Boston

2024 Best Bakery

Yafa Bakery & Café

While you’re at Yafa Bakery & Café, you’re sure to encounter the following things: An assortment of delicate pastries and fresh breads; rows upon rows of date-based confections; and owner Abdulla Awad’s megawatt smile. The flavors and baking styles are inspired by Awad’s Palestinian upbringing and cuisines from elsewhere in the Middle East — as evidenced by the addition of ingredients such as orange blossom, rose petals, pistachio, and more. Don’t forget a cup of fresh-squeezed minty lemonada.

594 Somerville Ave., Somerville, 617-616-5310,