How sweet it is! In between museum tours and walks through Harvard’s campus and Cambridge’s personality-filled squares, be sure to stop at these five bakeries.


Pastry fanatics were ecstatic when the North End’s Mike’s Pastry opened a second location in Harvard Square. The bakery is cash-only and you’ll want to stock up on cannoli (try the chocolate mousse and chocolate chip and have them dipped in warm fudge sauce), flaky cream puffs, and cupcakes.


Desserts get taken to another level at Joanne Chang’s legendary Flour bakery near MIT. Too hard to choose just one pastry? We suggest getting a double chocolate cookie with walnuts, slice of lemon meringue piece, the pecan sticky bun, and Chang’s legendary version of the Oreo. Wash it down with a cup of frothy hot cocoa.

Sofra Bakery and Café

Sweets are transformed into an art form at Sofra, a Middle Eastern café and bakery from Oleana’s chef/owner Ana Sortun. Snack on sesame cashew bites (best slightly chilled), fudgy chocolate “Earthquake” cookies, almond rose cake, and wash them down with a mug of steaming Turkish coffee or housemade chai. In warmer weather, grab a coveted seat on the patio to linger over your pastries.

Tatte Bakery & Cafe

Bakery takes on a modern meaning at Tatte Bakery, a sleek two-floor gem in Harvard Square. While there’s plenty on the menu to keep you busy for hours (salads and sandwiches and specialty coffees galore), we suggest cutting straight to dessert with rich brownies, cheesecake cups topped with fresh fruit, and thick cinnamon pastry shaped into roses.

Insomnia Cookies

You had us at late night cookie delivery…Indulge in Insomnia Cookie’s  varieties like Double Chocolate Chunk, Sugar, and Peanut Butter Cup from this cookie bakery.  Going somewhere? Grab The Sugar Rush package: you get to choose the dozen cookies you want, which is half the fun.