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By Scott Roberto / August 23, 12:00 AM
10 Top Spots for North End Sweets

Most North End restaurants don’t serve dessert for a reason—these cafes, bakeries and pastry shops keep your sweet tooth satisfied

Photo: Jazz Martin


Gelateria and Cannoli Factory

More flavors than there are colors in the rainbow can be found at this chic gelato purveyor (pictured), perfect for a cooling (and tasty) respite while strolling the sweltering streets of the North End on a hot summer day—plus, you can get a cannoli custom-filled to order.

272 Hanover St., 617-720-4243, gelateriacorp.com

Bova’s Bakery

Craving pizzelle, sfogliatelle or whoopie pies filled with real whipped cream at 3 a.m.? Open 24/7, Bova’s has been a go-to late-night spot since it debuted in 1932. 

134 Salem St., 617-523-5601, bovabakeryboston.com

Parziale’s Bakery

A North End institution, Parziale’s lays claim to introducing pizza to Boston. The real draw, however, is the bakery’s wide array of cookies, pastries and fresh-baked bread.  

80 Prince St., 617-523-6368, parzialebakery.com

Lulu’s Sweet Shoppe 

Lulu’s offers delicious homemade ice cream, but here the cupcake still rules. Enjoy varieties ranging from red velvet cheesecake and chocolate cherry bomb to tiramisu and pistachio with port wine. 

28 Parmenter St., 617-742-0070, lulussweetshoppeboston.com

Mike’s Pastry

Cannoli is king at Mike’s, whose ubiquitous blue-and-white take-out boxes can be spotted in the hands of hungry visitors all over town. Also check out a satellite location in Harvard Square and the just-opened Assembly Square outpost in Somerville. 

300 Hanover St., 617-742-3050, mikespastry.com

Caffe dello Sport

This corner bar lives up to its name, serving up live international soccer matches along with dessert.  

308 Hanover St., 617-523-5063, caffedellosport.us

Caffe Vittoria

The North End’s oldest Italian cafe has been offering cappuccino, tiramisu and more since 1929.  

290–296 Hanover St., 617-227-7606, caffevittoria.com

Caffe Paradiso

This authentic Italian hangout boasts a wide variety of treats, including fresh homemade gelato.  

255 Hanover St., 617-742-1768, caffeparadisoboston.com

Modern Pastry

From cannoli to biscotti and torrone to pizzelle, Modern has all your Italian dessert cravings covered, as well as American specialties like apple pie and brownies.  

257 Hanover St., 617-523-3783, modernpastry.com

Maria’s Pastry Shop 

A longtime insiders favorite, Maria’s always fills its cannolis fresh when you order them. Other Old World specialties include biscotti (pictured), as well as aragosta (“lobster tail”) and zuccherati pastries.  

46 Cross St., 617-523-1196, mariaspastry.com

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