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Best loaf of bread walking between North and South Station?

Any recommendations on where to find the best loaf of bread on a walking route between North and South Station? Short detours considered.

Thanks.

edit: To clarify, I would like to buy a loaf of bread as a walk in customer.

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  1. Probably Sel de la Terre.

    1. Sel de La Terre's breads are indeed pretty good, if perhaps a tad overrated. Since I work downtown, it's really nice to drop by and grab a loaf for dinner (and maybe a nice rustic tart for dessert, and oh my, these muffins look just lovely...), but I wouldn't make a special trip.

      Not sure whether this counts a short or a medium detour, but another option might be the new Flour outpost by the Children's Museum.

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      1. re: finlero

        I went to Flour once, and there was a huge line at lunch.

        1. re: junior coyote

          "When Pig's Fly" Bakery has a stand May through October at the little open air market a block away from south station...

          1. re: southendchow

            There is also a market at Goverment Center on Mondays and Wednesdays during roughly the same months. They have one or two decent bread stands if memory serves.

          2. re: junior coyote

            The lunch line goes out the door from about 11:45 to 1:15. Other times, you can get into the bakery to see what they have.

            I'd agree that it's worth the detour over the Congress Street bridge.

            1. re: kbw18

              Know you can't drive across the Congress St . Bridge due to construction, can you still walk across it? The options are to do the new Northern Ave bridge or Summer St. and work your way to Congress along the Channel.

              1. re: Fort Point

                Sure, you can walk across the bridge on one side.

                About the line--if you're just grabbing a loaf, you can go around the line. The loaves are on the shelf below the big blackboard--grab one and head to the register.

        2. It's a slight detour, to be sure, but two options include the Whole Foods which is on Cambridge Street in Beacon Hill (they sell Iggy's and Clear Flour baguettes in addition to a variety of other breads) and Panificio on Charles Street (selection is variable as the bread is delivered fairly fresh, but their olive loaf and their raisin cinammon loaf were two staples in my household while we lived in Beacon Hill). Panificio also does a variety of lovely sandwiches and salads to go. <http://www.panificioboston.com/>

          1. Merchants Wine & Spirits, at 6 Water Street, sells Iggy's bread for some reason. Cheese and olives, too.

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            1. re: Alcachofa

              Oops, Merchants is out of business! When did that happen? My bad. That sux. Oh, well.

              1. re: Alcachofa

                I used to get Iggy's bread there, but they closed just recently (maybe 3 weeks ago). That's what prompted this question.