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Bova's Bakery

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134 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113-1749
+1 617-523-5601
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00:00 - 23:59
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Sun - Fri 00:00 - 23:59
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Vail, Arizona
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Found this little gem about 20yrs ago while in the North End. I visit this place every time I'm back in town. Literally I get off the plane and make a detour to Bova's. My favorite thing is the Whoppie Pies, fresh whipped cream centers...you just have to eat it right away. I live in AZ now but still dream... More 

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New England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We always skip the long lines at Mike's and the Modern and head to Bovas. We have tried many different deserts ans all have been excellent (cannolis and choc strawberries favorites). Skip Hanover St and head to Bovas!

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Thank dargen430
Nova Scotia, Canada
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited this bakery at the same time we visited Mike's Pastry. Bova's was much less busy (we were actually the only group in there on a Saturday afternoon), but just as good!

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Thank Jerika C
Maine
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every time I come to Boston, I make an effort to stop by and get a riceball or lobster tail. This place is open 24 hours a day and the food is always perfect! It can be busy during the evening hours by any wait you might encounter is totally worth the wait.

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Thank Myles L
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent pastries without the long lines that plague Mike's pastry. Great cannoli's and lobster tails.

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Thank chan928
Boston, MA
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60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I learned to always stop in when I was walking near Bova's. Extremely fresh bread, and a great selection. It's especially cool that it's open over night, so you can go there after you go to a restaurant and before you stop in a cafe for dessert. Everything there is good, but I always make sure to pick up some... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very dirty place! Food is not really tasting or italian. Poor experience! Prices are high compared to the quality of their products. Bad experience!

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Thank Benedetta R
Braintree
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You just left an emergency room at 3:00AM on Christmas Eve, haven't eaten since mid-afternoon and you're starving, what do you do? Easy, go to Bova's. They are always open. Not just, kind of always, always as in always. Not only that, their pastries and sandwiches are really good. I have my favorites at some of the other bakeries, like... More 

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Thank Robert D
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bova's is a beautiful little bakery at the corner of Salem and Prince in the North End neighborhood of Boston. The pastries are wonderful. We did not try the calzones which others have raved about. We visited on two occasions during the same 4-day trip. We had the Reese Congo Bar (Sp.?), cinnamon sugar pinwheels (twice), a couple of cannoli,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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277 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place. No lines ever and the people here are fabulous. So nice and down to earth. The cannolis are great and also the homemade bread and cakes too. Run here if you want no line and great cannolis.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
00:00 - 23:59
Monday
00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday
00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday
00:00 - 23:59
Thursday
00:00 - 23:59
Friday
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 134 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113-1749
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighbourhood: North End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-523-5601

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North End

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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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