Nothing says Boston like a coffee and pastry from Mike's Pastry! A North End destination in itself, Mike's Pastry has been the place for both locals and visitors for years. Biscotti, cookies, gelati, torron- if it’s an Italian pastry, Mike's makes it. Many people consider their pastries to be the best in the area, but be warned- a busy day at Mike’s may have you looking for another destination- lines can regularly be found heading straight out the door and down the sidewalk.
What Makes it Great
The pastries are renowned and reasonably priced in relation to the rest of the coffee and pastry shops throughout the area. If you’ve never been to Boston, people will likely ask you if you have been to Mike’s yet. Luckily for you, it is located right in the middle of a plethora of happening spots and is easy get to.
This coffee and pastry shop cranks out an incredible amount of daily product and lines are regularly stretched out the door and into the street, so if you're looking for a quiet place to eat and sip, this might not be the place for you. Seemingly hundreds of people are running in and out of the shop every minute, but many enjoy this type of hectic and eclectic environment.
With that being said, it shouldn’t take too long to make a quick stop in and grab a cannoli for your travels.
Who is Going to Love It<
Tourists will likely enjoy the authentic Boston-Italian feel of the North End and visiting Mike’s is a must should you be traveling throughout the area. There is seating to be found to enjoy your treats, but why not take your coffee and pastry to go and enjoy the local scene? The TD Garden, Faneuil Hall, World War II Memorial, and the England Aquarium are just a handful of places within walking distance that should be on your short list to visit.
Directions, Parking & Fees
Take note: Mike’s Pastry is a cash only establishment.
The easiest way to get to Mike’s is to take the T to the Haymarket stop, walk a couple of blocks south to Hanover Street, and follow Hanover east until you hit Mike’s on your lefthand side.
Should you choose to drive to Mike’s, keep in mind Boston’s parking situation. Finding metered parking can be next to impossible, especially on a weekend or any night the Bruins or Celtics are playing. You’ll also have to be certain to avoid “resident only” spaces or risk being ticketed and towed.
Your best bet may be to find a parking garage and enjoy the North End for a few hours, but you will certainly pay for the convenience. Garage parking rates in this area average $11.00 per hour.