If you happen to find yourself with some free time in Boston and are in need of a sweet treat, I have just the list of where to satisfy your craving. After living and working in Boston for 5 years, I have a few recommendations of where to get the tastiest desserts and the locations to skip.

Cookies

WHERE TO GO: 

The best cookie in Boston is at the Cookie Monstah food truck! My favorite flavors were the salted caramel and the lemon poppy seed. You can order cookies a la carte, or add ice cream for a delicious ice cream sandwich- like the Salty Dog (Totally Turtle Ice Cream between two salted caramel cookies.) Perfect for a hot summer day in Downtown Boston! Make sure to check their schedule, the truck moves to a different location daily.

BONUS:

If you’re looking to make a late-night cookie run, head to Insomnia Cookies near Boston University, as they are open until 3 AM. In my opinion, the best cookie was the snicker doodle, but skip the ice cream, the soft cookies will harden up.

WHERE TO SKIP:

The Frozen Hoagies Truck. The cookies are dry, uninspiring and left me feeling like I wasted my money.

Donuts

WHERE TO GO:

Kanes donuts! I remember my first bite: someone brought a box of assorted donuts to work, after I sunk my teeth in I immediately asked  “where did you get these???” Their response, “Kanes, they’re the best!” What impresses me about Kanes is the amount of filling. I often feel cheated by the filling to dough ratio, but not at Kanes! It’s the perfect place to get your Boston Cream donut!

WHERE TO SKIP:

Dunkin Donuts. Everybody LOVES Dunks in New England, but I was never impressed, especially by their donuts. They never quite hit the spot, and I often found them to be stale. There’s a Dunkin Donuts everywhere you turn in Boston, and it’s worth a try if you’ve never been, however, Kanes is the place for a quality dessert.

Pastries

WHERE TO GO:

If you’re looking for a family owned authentic Italian bakery in the historic North End, offering pastries, bread, cookies, and savory foods like calzones, Bovas is where you want to be. Stop in for a cannoli at any time, they are open 24 hours a day!

WHERE TO SKIP:

Mike’s Pastry. The only reason I suggest skipping Mike’s and heading to Bovas is that Mike’s is so popular, they often have a line wrapping around the block.

Conclusion

The next time you’re in Beantown, you’ll know exactly  how to crush a sugar craving and keep your sweet tooth happy!

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