Best of Boston

Best Bakery

2012 Best Bakery, North

A & J King Bakery

Husband-and-wife team Andy and Jackie King have built their business around the art of crafting thick, crusty loaves brimming with ingredients like olives, walnuts, and […] read more»
2010 Best Bakery

Clear Flour Bread

As you enter this charming little bakery tucked away on a Brookline side street, the aroma of warm bread hits you like a baguette to […] read more»
2009 Best Bakery, North

A&J King Artisan Bakers

Set foot inside a great restaurant, and the feeling is usually admiration, even awe. Enter a great bakery like A&J King, and it’s more like […] read more»
2009 Best Bakery, South

French Memories

The low-key town of Duxbury is better known for bivalves than brioche, but that doesn’t keep this café’s Paris-born bakers (the same artistes behind Café […] read more»
2009 Best Bakery, West

Bread & Chocolate

With the steady proliferation of Whole Foods, Bruegger’s, and Panera, there’s no shortage of places to stock up on baked goods out west. Bread & […] read more»
2005 Best Bakery, South

French Memories

As if life on picturesque Duxbury Harbor wasn’t sweet enough, French Memories steps in with a cadre of top-notch carbs to up the ante. On […] read more»
2004 Best Bakery, Cape Cod

Cottage Street Bakery

This tiny bakery makes breads, sandwiches, and European-style pastries worth searching out—plus unbelievable muffins, pies, and wedding cakes. But what puts it over the top […] read more»
2000 Best Bakery, Classic


Open for 50 years, Montilio’s has clearly got its recipes for success down pat. Besides offering towering birthday and wedding cakes (Bobby Kennedy and Arthuer […] read more»
2000 Best Bakery, Modern

Appleton Bakery

It’s hard to decide what’s best about this cozy South End bakery, where the owners have thought of every amenity for busy city dwellers. Is […] read more»
1998 Best Bakery

Hi-Rise Bread Company

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 […] read more»
1996 Best Bakery

Kam Lung Bakery

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 […] read more»
1996 Best Bakery

Wheatstone Baking Company

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

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, […] 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: […] read more»
1995 Best Bakery


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 […] read more»