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Maria's Pastry Shop

#6 of 152 Bakeries in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
North End
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46 Cross St, The North End, Boston, MA 02113-2201
+1 617-523-1196
07:00 - 19:00
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Sun 07:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The cannolis are as good as Mikes pastry! The line is not as long as the line at Mikes (a lot of hype). Seemed to be a very small kitchen area. The young lady who waited on us was very pleasant and made the visit enjoyable. I would go here again for good cannolis !

Thank Tammybs
Bunn, North Carolina
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have never really liked cannoli's before. They were always too sweet. Of course all of the ones I have had were from Italian bakeries and restaurants in the south. So I was hesitate to try one, but my husband convinced me. He ordered the chocolate dipped with ricotta filling. Holy cannoli it was good! We will be back tomorrow... More 

Thank Vanessa011
Columbia, Maryland
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped in and met the folks there. Have been to the "other" pastry shops and the line and was as big as the hype. True Italian pastry shop. A gem. Go now!

Thank pmarble13
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Look past the armies of tourists equipped with Mike's pastry boxes in a widespread propaganda coup. Maria's is the real deal and definitely has the best pastries in the city. Everytime I visited a local would be buying theirs and there was a local buzz to the store. The staff were super friendly and helpful in explaining all the different... More 

1 Thank Daniel A
Woodside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Go there early in the morning for the breakfast pastry. Heavenly. This is like being in Italy. It is simple pastries and confections properly done. And you can choose between made on site pastries or from other sources. The canoli's are the best in the world. Made fresh and stuffed to order.

Thank BinWoodside
Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

A local tour guide for North End introduced me to this pastry shop, and initially I didn't believe her based on the shop front. After having my first, freshly made and freshly filled to order Canolli from Maria's Pastry, I am never having another Canolli from any other place in Boston. Best ever!!

Thank GlobalTravelerKim
Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

After extensive sampling at several pastry shops in the North End, Marias Pastry Shop was the WINNER! Bypass the long lines at the other "famous" shops and try hers, Ill guarantee your make a return visit...

1 Thank dsziffle
South Fulton, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Our tour guide luckily recommended this place to us due to the owner's long history of caring for others in the community. While some of the more well known shops had long lines, we were able to walk right in, and the service immediate. The homemade cannoli was incredible! We highly recommend Maria's!

1 Thank Gregory C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Went here for some pastries and cappuccino heading out of Boston. The place is a little off the main strip where all the other Italian places are, but well worth it. Maria is adorable and friendly, and made me an awesome cappuccino and cannoli, totally hit the spot. You walk in and the smells just lift your spirit. I've had... More 

1 Thank Gtsh0pp3r
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We passed by several other Italian bakeries on the way to Maria's. They were bustling and busy, so when we got to Maria's -- which is on a busy commercial street with little foot traffic -- and saw its plain and modest exterior (with only a few other people inside) we were worried. But we'd read good things about it,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 46 Cross St, The North End, Boston, MA 02113-2201
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighbourhood: North End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-523-1196

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North End

Neighbourhood Profile
North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.
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