Sugar Shock: The Haute 5 Desserts in Boston

Haute, sticky sweet: these Boston dessert locales will turn even the most steadfast dieter into a confectioner’s dream.

Kick Ass Cupcakes

Ultrahip Davis Square turned even sweeter when Kick Ass Cupcakes came to town in 2007. The bakery, which specializes in artisan cupcakes (made with the purest, most natural ingredients), is true to its name: each cupcake packs a flavorful punch, from the limited-editions key lime and cookie dough to the classic chocolate.  Canine and feline sidekicks will enjoy the aptly-named (and pet-friendly) Pupcakes and Kittycakes.

Kick Ass Cupcakes is located at 378 Highland Avenue in Davis Square

Mike’s Pastry

No trip to the North End is complete without a stop at Mike’s, where the line, full of locals and tourists alike, often snakes out the door and down Hanover Street. There are literally hundreds of confections to choose from, and after dinner at any one of the neighborhood’s incredible restaurants, better judgment may sway you from choosing dessert. Your heart, however, will love Mike’s cannoli.

Mike’s Pastry is located at 300 Hanover Street in the North End

Flour Bakery

One half of the mastermind behind husband-wife duo Meyers & Chang, Joanne Chang’s sweet tooth outpost, Flour Bakery, opened to rave reviews in the South End in 2000, with locations in Fort Point Channel and Central Square following thereafter. We like the banana bread, a Flour staple and winner of several national awards.

Flour Bakery is located in Fort Point Channel, South End and Central Square neighborhoods


Sometimes, dessert is served after dinner; sometimes, you just want dessert. Head to Finale for one of their infamously decadent brownies – for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, or for whenever you want.

Finale is located in Harvard Square, Coolidge Corner and Back Bay neighborhoods

Top of the Hub

The Top of the Hub, at the top of the statuesque Prudential Center, serves up old school charm in everyway, from its ambiance to its live jazz and, to no surprise, its desserts. Try the classic Boston crème pie – and be prepared to fall in love with Beantown all over again.

Top of the Hub is located at 800 Boylston Street in the Back Bay