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It might be unexpected but Boston has some of the best snack locations in the world.
And I can say that because I’ve had the opportunity to move around for a bit.
I have tried and tested a LOT of places during my few years of living in the city.
Here are my top places to go out for a snack.
Before I continue, this is a warning that my pictures in this post aren’t the highest quality. Back then, I didn’t take a lot of pictures of my food. The pictures might not look appetizing but TRUST ME, they’re good.
Boston Snack Locations #1 – Georgetown Cupcakes
83 Newbury Street
Georgetown Cupcakes is one of the most popular places for cupcakes in the city.
It’s conveniently located on Newbury Street, a famous shopping area in Boston.
This chain also has locations around the country like New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, etc.
There are signature flavours (and my favourite) like red velvet and milk chocolate birthday but they also have daily AND monthly specials.
When I was in school, they had an amazing chocolate banana cupcake as a monthly special in September (my birthday month!).
They are plenty of options and you’ll be sure to find at least one appetizing flavour.
It’s one of the best places to visit to grab dessert.
In fact, there’s almost always a lineup on the weekends so if you can, go on a weekday to buy some cupcakes.
2) Au Bon Pain
You’ve probably heard of the chain bakery place.
It’s all over Boston.
I love their spinach and cheese croissant. It’s by the hot food section and they always sell out pretty quickly.
It’s so good that I have to get two at a time.
Every time I’m in the States, I’m always looking for Au Bon Pain (they have them in New York City and Chicago as well).
I also enjoy their red velvet cupcake (I think it’s from the Cheesecake factory, which is why it’s so good).
Georgetown Cupcakes is great but there’s only one location.
Au Bon Pain is pretty much everywhere.
If I’m craving a red velvet cupcake and I’m not near Georgetown cupcakes or if there is a lineup to get in, I get one from Au Bon Pain instead.
You need options for desserts, am I right?
ABP also has plenty of other snack options as well as meal options. Boston locals will be familiar with this cafe as they serve soups, salads, and sandwiches as well.
3) Flour Bakery
Multiple Locations (I usually go to the one on 131 Clarendon Street)
Flour bakery is probably most known for its sticky buns.
Personally, I’m not a fan but I know people who are.
My cousins have co-workers that fly back and forth between Toronto and Boston. Their coworkers raved about their sticky buns so my cousins asked me to bring some back to try.
It’s too sweet and dense for their liking but they say it’s good.
So what do I like from here?
Can you guess what’s my favourite item on the menu?
This is hands down the best banana bread I have ever tried in my entire life.
It’s very moist and soft.
Whenever my mom visits me in Boston, this is something she always gets.
Even now, she would talk about how good their banana bread is and how other places just don’t compare.
I like that they sell them in slices.
Buying an entire banana bread is too much.
Similar to the spinach and cheese croissant at ABP, this is another snack that I always have to get two of.
If I had to pick ONE thing I don’t like about their banana bread is the walnuts. I prefer my banana bread to be nut-free although I’m not allergic. It would even be better if they added chocolate chips.
If you’re going to buy some banana bread from Flour Bakery, you might as well try a sticky bun too.
You can even grab a sandwich or salad here as well if you’re feeling especially hungry.
4) Il Mondo
738 Huntington Avenue
I first heard about this place from my roommate’s friend.
I was skeptical at first.
Buffalo chicken pizza?
As a non-American, the idea of it sounds strange.
Once I tried it, I never looked back.
Il Mondo has the best buffalo chicken pizza ever!
I would go as far as to say that this is my favourite pizza place in the world.
Every single person I took to eat here says the same.
The pizza has ranch dressing, parsley, and buffalo chicken.
It’s a great after-school snack.
You’ll be addicted after the first bite. It’s delicious.
I like that the crust is not too thick. It’s chewy. The ranch dressing adds the perfect amount of flavour.
I do get a slice here and there but I find that a slice isn’t enough to satisfy my craving. I usually get delivery and order a large pizza to eat at home. Portion it out for the next couple of days. Hehehe. I miss those times.
They do sell their famous buffalo chicken pizza in slices along with other flavours. There’s also pasta, salads, wings, and burgers, just to name a few.
Boston Snack Locations #5 – BBQ Chicken
182 Harvard Avenue
I don’t know if some people would consider Korean fried chicken a snack but I do!
The authentic way to eat Korean Fried Chicken is to drink it with beer but I’m not a big fan of alcohol so I do my own thing.
I like to eat Korean Fried Chicken with steamed rice.
It’s a bit of a weird habit, I know but I prefer to eat salty dishes with a side of steamed rice to balance out the flavours.
When I was living in the Allston area, I would always order boneless soy garlic chicken.
Boneless chicken is easier to eat. You don’t have to get your hands messy but there’s also the option of ordering chicken with bones as well if that’s what you prefer.
Their chicken is tender and juicy. It’s irresistible and I can’t help but keep coming back for more.
It’s a good late-night snack if you’re craving something savoury.
Final Thoughts – Boston Best Snack Locations
As much as I love the food in Toronto and Hong Kong (dim sum!), Boston has these underrated and unforgettable snack locations.
Before moving here, I was worried about the food. I knew they were famous for their seafood, especially lobster. But other than that, I didn’t know what to expect.
It was surprising to find out about all these snack places. I also have to admit that I like the food here more than in some of the other larger cities I’ve lived in.
In hindsight, I wish I appreciated the food more when I was there but that tends to be a life lesson for us all.
Now to You – Boston’s Snack Locations
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