Boston's 3 favorite bakeries (that won't break the bank)

Bova's Bakery | Photo: Stephanie C./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on February 11, 2020.

Looking to try the top bakeries around?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable bakeries in Boston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges.

1. Mike's Pastry

photo: alan t./yelp

Topping the list is Mike's Pastry. Located at 300 Hanover St. (between Wesley and Lathrop places.) in North End, the bakery, which offers desserts, gelato and more, is the most popular inexpensive bakery in Boston, boasting four stars out of 7,125 reviews on Yelp. 

Yelper Kelly G., who reviewed Mike's Pastry on Jan. 24, wrote, "I can bet if you walk through Boston, you will see someone with a Mike's Pastry shop box. I tried the Nutella gluten-free whoopie pie and it literally melts in your mouth. Everything looks and smells great so I imagine you can't go wrong with any option."

Jen C. noted, "I got a chocolate chip cannoli and it was one of the best things I've ever had. The ricotta filling was so sweet and the chocolate chips added amazing texture and extra sweetness. I have a huge sweet tooth, so this treat was perfect for me!"

2. Bova's Bakery

Photo: shuang z./Yelp

Next up is North End's Bova's Bakery, situated at 134 Salem St. (between Noyes Place and Prince Street). With 4.5 stars out of 1,136 reviews on Yelp, the bakery has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option. 

We turned there for more about Bova's Bakery.

"Visit us and celebrate a family history made around the oven," per the history section of its Yelp profile. "North Enders will tell you, there’s nothing quite so comforting as walking home in the early morning with a warm loaf of bread carefully cradled in the crook of your arm. Once home, you sit down at the kitchen table, sneak the butter from the fridge and open a jar of jam."

As to what the business is known for, "Bova’s Bakery – Boston's premier bakery, open 24/7 and family-owned and operated since 1932," it notes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties. "Our pastry specialties include a delectable variety of tasty treats that will delight all palates, such as our famous ricotta cannoli, creamy tiramisu, our flakey turnovers, popular fresh fruit tarts, jumbo chocolate-dipped strawberries and our popular eclairs and Neapolitans."

3. Top Bread

Photo: arnold l./Yelp

Chinatown's Top Bread, located at 77 Harrison Ave. (between Knapp and Beach streets), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the low-priced bakery four stars out of 102 reviews. 

Yelper Susan H., who reviewed Top Bread on Nov. 1, wrote, "We were surprised to see tiramisu here. Do stop in if you are in the neighborhood. You never know what you will find to try."

Yelper Myan T. wrote, "I use to come here when it was Bao Bao Bakery. My how things have changed! The bakery is well organized. Bright and cheerful. Beautiful presentation. Lots of pastries and desserts to choose from."

This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.

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