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Mike's Pastry
Today 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
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300 Hanover St Boston, MA 02113
300 Hanover StreetUSMassachusettsBoston02113
$$Bakery, Coffee Shop
Coffee Shop
Ice Cream Shop
Today 8:00 am – 11:30 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 8:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 8:00 am – 10:30 pmThursday 8:00 am – 10:30 pmFriday 8:00 am – 11:30 pmSaturday 8:00 am – 11:30 pmSunday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
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Renowned Italian bake shop providing cannoli in multiple flavors, gelati & biscotti since 1946.- Google
"Highlights: Lobster Tail, Tiramisu, Fruit Squares, Amaretto Cannoli."
14 reviewers
"Mike's has to be the busiest Italian bakery I've ever seen!"
73 reviewers
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Frederick Wright
a month ago
This is about the furthest thing from an 'Italian Bakery' as there is. Certainly at one point many years ago, this was a charming little spot to stop in for a cannoli or other treat. One among a dozen or more similarly excellent spots in Boston's North End. Now it is nothing but Tourist Theater. The cannolis are fine, waaaayyyyy too sweet to be genuinely Italian but nicely tuned to American sugary preferences. And the long lines and fast turnover means they are always fresh.
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Justin Levine
2 months ago
Mike's has to be the busiest Italian bakery I've ever seen! Granted I came on 12/22, but it isn't like people were filling Christmas orders; the majority were just getting something small! It looks interesting inside with a silver tin ceiling and small chandeliers in the center for decor, with much more basic surroundings otherwise. About 10-12 counter people who know their stuff control things as best they can, as a wall-to-wall mob of locals and tourists shove forward to place an order. That's right, lines are for suckers. Getting a counter person's attention can be a bit aggravating, but just activate your inner Italian and you're good to go. This is all worth the wait thankfully, as Mike's has been in business since 1946 and does a great job with Italian pastries and cookies. Originally we were going to just grab some cannoli, but then I was shocked to find that they had colored Italian macaroons as well. My favorite bakery back in Brooklyn is WELL known for its cherry macaroon cookie, and I had to try Mike's version. Therefore, we grabbed a few of the green and red varieties, and threw in a few rainbow cookies as well. The macaroons were very good, but Mike's had only used food coloring which was a little disappointing. The plain cannolo was excellent, and the chocolate didn't last long either/ The rainbow cookies were great but a notch below the best places I've found; they were a little heavy on the jam and chocolate in particular. Still, with a blob of tourists mobbing the inside, I was shocked to see Mike's be as good as it was. Unlike Ferrara's and Veneiro's in NYC, Boston's prominent Italian bakeries measure up! I will be back next time I'm in the North End!
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TianTian Eats
2 months ago
The cannolis here looked like giant phallic symbols (yes I have the imagination of a 14-year-old boy), and the impatient counter lady was representative of a bostonian b****. That said, the chocolate dipped cannoli I had was worth the hype. Mike's cannolis have a rather distinct layered crust, which I liked because I was able to amuse myself with the game of trying to eat the shell layer by layer without breaking it. Thanks to Boston, I no longer think of cannolis as Little Debbie eggrolls.
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Traci Cappiello
4 months ago
People flock here for the cannolis but the real star is the lobstertail pastry. It is crunchier than most lobstertail spots but the cream is heavenly and sweet, but not too sweet. The cannolis are pretty good too but I'd have that lobstertail any day. It is cash only and usually a line spills out in to the street but at 6pm on the Thursday I went indoors, it was pretty calm.
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Hanae K
a month ago
First thing I ate when I arrived in boston to visit my friend :) Located in a touristy area in Italy city. It was pretty crowded (I figure there will be less tourists around August...I was wrong). My friend, Gerard suggested that we don't wait in line and move to the side all the way up, like people do at a bar. I felt like I cut in line but no one noticed. I ordered the original and amaretto cannoli. Amaretto was super sweet and the chocolate was a little too much. Gerard wasn't much of a sweet tooth so it was up to me to finish the whole thing...ugh. He did warn me in advance that he won't help me eat the cannolis but I HAD to get more than one. Took me two days but I finished it! NOT something to eat on an empty stomach. After that I had chocolate cocktail and ice cream (it was on my food itinerary)...bad idea. The pastries were delicious and I do recommend getting their ginormous cannolis if you're in this area. I prefer ice cream over pastries. tip: - don't wait in line in the back, move up to the front on the side, like you do at a bar - get more than one, I heard pistachio is popular
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Ann Joyce
2 months ago
Mike's is a bit overrated. Its a great spot to bring friends that are visiting Boston, but other than that, its nothing special. Ive never been a huge fan of cannoli's, and have been told by multiple people that Mikes would change that. It didn't. I had the chocolate fudge cannoli and the whole time I kept thinking about how stale the shell tasted. The inside was ok, it wasn't too sweet or thick.
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Michelle Iwanicki
a month ago
Mike's Pastry brings back so many wonderful memories. My big brother Jack took me there all the time when I was little. I still to this day nearly 45 years later remember the lines of people waiting to get in and the smell and taste of the best Pastries in the World.
Elizabeth R.
4 months ago
Okay -- Don't get me wrong, the pastries here are absolutely amazing, however there are much better pastry shops in Boston. They often get over crowded with tourists and there are no set lines, people just kind of huddle together. They do not fill the cannolis fresh in front of you so towards the end of the day they can be a little soggy. For the most part they have a very good selection and they are always a hit.