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Jun 1, 2012 09:50 AM

Faneuil Hall area pastry & coffee breakfast

We'll be staying near Faneuil Hall and are hoping to find a bakery cafe in the vicinity. Good coffee is vital!

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  1. There are some decent places for pastry in the food court. Sit upstairs if you decide to eat there. I usually go over to the north end to Mike's, modern or bova bakery. Get a coffee and have them on the greenway. If not a nice day, Mike's is better then modern to eat in.

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    1. re: libertywharf

      I agree with hitting the North End for coffee and pastries. Marias and Modern are my favorite. And then the Green Way. The other thing I like doing is getting Starbucks for the hotel (Marriott?) And then walking to the backside of the aquarium to look at the water and see the seals outfront of the aquarium. Obviously you can do the same with either North End food or food court food, I just happen to have a bunch of SB giftcards to workthrough.

      1. re: viperlush

        Also agreed on N. End, but if you find yourself on the other/downtown side of State St., Flat Black on Broad St. (off State) has pretty decent coffee, and Sel de la Terre (by the Aquarium) has passable to quite decent pastry (it has varied in my dozen, or so, trips there). If you're taking your a.m. caffé after 10/1030, Sultan's Kitchen on State St. has good small, Middle Eastern pastries (bourma, baklava, etc.) as well.

        1. re: BrettLove

          Warning: the State Street location of Sel de la Terre, by the aquarium, is closed.

          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

            Wow, when did that happen? I got a coffee/croissant there within the past month, if memory serves me...

            1. re: BrettLove

              It was announced in March, but I think it only happened sometime in May. There's a note on the website:

              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                Too bad. Not necessarily someplace I'd go too far out of my way for, but as a place on my way home, that served fairly decent food until a reasonably late hour... Pretty good bread from their boulangerie, too. I wonder what went down - they appeared to do a fairly decent business. Oh, well...
                Thanks for the heads up, Jenny!

                1. re: BrettLove

                  I think it simply was the least profitable of the three.

    2. I hope this isn't too late, but I'd recommend Boston Common Coffee on Salem Street in the North End. It's a coffee bar with actual food, actual sandwiches and quiche and the like, not packaged things. Solid coffee.

      I overheard that on Thursdays, they'll be making doughnuts.

      There's another location near South Station.

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      1. re: lergnom

        I would second that. In general, the coffee, at least what I've had, in the North End isn't particularly fresh or strong. Boston Common isn't at the top of my list for coffee in Boston, but it sure beats the other coffee I've had in the neighborhood.

        As far as food goes, I've only had their muffin tops which are pretty good.

        1. re: lergnom

          Thanks! No, not too late, will be in Boston later this week.

          1. re: Liz K

            For drip coffee Boston Common is the best in the hood; they have decent pastries and good quiche as well as breakfast sandwiches. If you're looking for espresso drinks in a sit-down cafe- Vittoria, dello sport, and my favorite, Cafe Paradiso (which I believe serves Modern's pastries), are all pretty good.

            Going the other direction is Thinking Cup on Tremont and you could either eat in or take your food to the public garden or common.

          2. re: lergnom

            That location of Boston Common Coffee is pretty good. I've been there a dozen times. I usually make it my last north end stop and cannot resist having a few cookies from Modern bakery with the coffee.