Boston's 5 best spots to score desserts on a budget

Mike's Pastry | Photo: Alan T./Yelp

Got a hankering for desserts?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable dessert hot spots in Boston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're on the hunt.

1. Mike's Pastry

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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 low-priced dessert spot in Boston, boasting four stars out of 7,062 reviews on Yelp. 

Yelper Matthew S., who reviewed Mike's Pastry on Nov. 9, wrote, "The big draw is the cannoli. It is huge, it is plentiful and it is absolutely delicious."

2. Modern Pastry Shop

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Next up is North End's Modern Pastry Shop, situated at 257 Hanover St. (between Richmond Street and Board Alley). With four stars out of 1,931 reviews on Yelp, the bakery, which offers coffee, tea, desserts and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an inexpensive option. 

The site can tell you a thing or two more about Modern Pastry Shop.

"Modern Pastry Shop is an award-winning, family-owned Italian Bakery," per the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "Three generations of innovative master chefs and over 150 years of authentic old-world methods and experience, make our products stand out among the best."

Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items: "Modern Pastry cakes, cookies, candies, Torrone and pastries have been a part of Boston area gatherings for many generations," it states on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties.

3. Caffébene

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Fenway's Caffébene, located at 333 Massachusetts Ave. (between Huntington Avenue and St. Botolph Street), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the inexpensive breakfast and brunch spot, which offers coffee, tea and desserts, four stars out of 230 reviews. 

Yelper Kaori M., who reviewed Caffébene on Nov. 18, wrote, "I had cappuccino and chocolate cake. The coffee is good."

Faizan Q. noted, "This place never disappoints! Excellent spot for a quick bite, or coffee. I ordered the Cafe Saigon today and thought it was phenomenal."

4. Coco Leaf

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Coco Leaf, a spot to score desserts, coffee, tea, juices and smoothies in South Dorchester, is another much-loved, inexpensive go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 213 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1480 Dorchester Ave. (between Lincoln and Faulkner streets) to see for yourself. 

We looked there to learn more about Coco Leaf.

"We're excited to have finally opened our cafe in Dorchester!" per the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "Using both classical and modern techniques with unique and exotic ingredients, we serve whimsical Asian desserts for every occasion. Coco Leaf is a collaboration between Somath Om and Eric Ly, and they can't wait to share their desserts and creativity with you."

As to what the business is known for, "Our ideal cafe is a place where people can hang out and enjoy a cup of coffee and some delicious treats," it writes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. 

5. Flour Bakery + Café

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Finally, there's an outpost of the well-known chain Flour Bakery + Café, a Back Bay favorite with 4.5 stars out of 134 reviews. Stop by 30 Dalton St. (between Scotia and Belvidere streets) to hit up the bakery, which offers desserts, sandwiches and more, next time you're in the mood for cheap eats. 

Yelper Suri M., who reviewed Flour Bakery + Café on Nov. 22 wrote, "As you'd expect from the name, their baked goods are stellar and there are both sweet and savory options. I didn't see anything marked vegan or gluten-free, so just ask the server."

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