I’m going to say it: Boston is at its BEST in the fall. Is there anything more magical than a crisp fall morning at a local bakery? I can practically smell the sweet air and feel the steam from a pumpkin spice latte on my nose as I think about it.
So, throw on your blanket scarf and trounce through the leaves (because it’s obviously that easy and romantic when you’re bringing the kids…) and head on over to one of my favorite local bakeries to try one of their fall specialties!
Montilios Baking Company :: Braintree, Brockton, Quincy, Weymouth
Montilios is a South Shore staple. If you’ve ever been to a wedding on the South Shore or the Cape, chances are you’ve had a piece of one of their cakes! They have four locations and a mobile food truck for your sweet-loving convenience. They offer a pumpkin cannoli that is out. of. this. world. Let that sink in… PUMPKIN CANNOLI. You’re welcome.
White’s Bakery and Cafe :: Brockton, Hingham, Mansfield
I host Thanksgiving at our house every year, and I’m not sure if I’m even allowed to bake the desserts anymore after I presented my family with a pumpkin cheesecake from White’s Bakery last year. Creamy and not too pumpkiny, the cheesecake is insanely delicious. White’s also offers an amazing cranberry apple pie and kid-sized whoopie pies that your family will love. They recently debuted a line of house-made artisan breads that I can’t wait to try!
Quebrada Baking Company :: Arlington, Belmont, Wellesley
Quebrada has a huge assortment of both breakfast pastries and bakery items. Enjoy one of their sugar-dusted pumpkin muffins while you sip one of their expertly brewed coffees. Doesn’t that sound heavenly? I’ve heard their Boston cream pie is excellent, too, if you’re looking for a Boston-based treat to share with family over the holidays.
Flour Bakery and Cafe :: Locations in Boston and Cambridge
With seven locations in and around the city, there’s a Flour for everyone! Be prepared to stand in line, but it’s worth it. I’m fairly certain you aren’t allowed to call yourself a Boston resident until you’ve had one of their famous sticky buns. If you’re looking for a more seasonal treat, try their pumpkin spice spice hot chocolate (you read that right!) and/or a delicious pumpkin muffin topped with candied pumpkin seeds.
Fisichelli’s Pastry Shop :: Lawrence
My husband’s family is super Italian, and they know a good pastry when they taste one. Fisichelli’s is a family party staple for us, and I’m so grateful it is! If you are north of Boston, definitely give this family-owned Italian bakery your business — you won’t be disappointed. Sfogliatelle isn’t exactly a fall-themed pastry, but in our house they are welcome for all seasons!