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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We tried both pastry shops, and this one was my favorite. They had a ton of different pastries aside from just canoli and cookies. We had the carrot cake and strawberry shortcake. The carrot cake was alright, but the strawberry shortcake was out of this...world.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Yes! We stood in line for a cash only payment. We left we so many treat and everything was fantastic. Highly recommend a cannoli no chocolate with ricotta filling— awesome. Super awesome.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

huge selection on pastries. Options to customize your cannoli is great. BRING CASH $$$ no credit cards. So bring cash. Def must try. Delicious!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Modern was recommended by a local server when asked between Mikes and Modern. She said Modern is known for more traditional cannoli's which is exactly what I wanted. Ordered a plain with traditional ricotta and chocolate chips, and then a Chocolate covered, with traditional ricotta...and chocolate chips. Both were amazing. Luckily hotel room had a fridge so I could enjoy over the following 2 days. They were lined up out the door on this first Friday of October, but the line moved quickly. Their other items looked amazing too but I was on a cannoli only mission. Note, this is a CASH only establishment so plan accordingly.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a stop on a food tour I went on. I was SO happy about it; I had heard about the "rivalry" between Modern and Mike's, so I was pretty sure I'd be happy with cannoli from either place, although I heard that Modern...was the favorite among locals. Our guide waited quite a long time (about 40 minutes), which I found unusual. Every other food tour I've been on in other cities, the places we visited were ready for us and had our food ready within 5-10 minutes, so the wait was really too long for a food tour. HOWEVER, it was worth it! That ricotta filling was amazing! Next time I go to Boston, I want to get a cannoli from each place and compare them myself. I just wish I had gone in myself to see the other pastries everyone talked about.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a fan of the cannoli here (filling is too lumpy for me), but LOVE the almond macaroons. These are Italian cookies, not the French macaroons. That chewy goodness! You have to eat them the same day or lose the wonderful texture, but that’s not...a problem for us!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was impressed by the quality of the desserts for such a reasonable price. They only accept cash but the service is very friendly.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked here after eating at Boston Sails only a few blocks away. The line was out the door and grew longer as we waited about 25 minutes. It was worth the wait. The Cannoli's were delicious. I got the traditional cannoli with chocolate chip...topping. They make them to order and they are fresh. I was surprised that it was open that late (it was after 8pm) and so busy. We also ordered Tiramusu and Napolean all for 4 for 18$ Must stop after dinning nearby.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 13 September 2021

We made it a point to come to Modern Pastry Shop for the cannoli and it was incredible! We loved that it was the perfect size and the texture was delicious. In addition, we also tried an Amaretto and a Red Velvet cupcake and both...were amazing. We found ourselves at Modern Pastry several times during our trip to Boston and even returned to Texas with a delicious dark chocolate cashew turle!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 8 September 2021

OMG.... this place is incredible. We came for the cannoli, but wow the beauty of the pastries is almost overwhelming. Modern is down the street from Mike's. I've eaten at both. Modern wins. I didn't know a cannoli was supposed to be crispy. They were...great. Bring cash because they don't accept anything else. Leave happy! The people were nice too.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s
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Modern Pastry Shop is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4