Where to Find the Best Banana Bread in Boston

By Eric Twardzik
Flour Bakery

Not as decadent as a brownie or a doughnut but not as well-behaved as an acai bowl or whole-wheat granola, banana bread is a perfect anytime treat. From well-executed classic versions served at traditional bakeries to spins featuring tahini or a cream cheese-slathered swirl, check out these six banana bread renditions at Boston-area bakeries next time you need a quickbread fix.

Interior of Flour Bakery + Cafe one of the best Baked Scones in Boston
Credit: Brian Samuels Photography

James Beard Award-winning baker Joanne Chang’s chain of local bakeries may be most frequently associated with a mighty cinnamon bun, but Flour also bakes a delectable Banana Bread. The iteration served at nine locations in the Greater Boston area is notable for being super-moist and generously filled with bananas and bits of walnut. 

This longstanding Cambridge bakery led by acclaimed chefs Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick earned its reputation by folding Middle Eastern flavors into traditional pastry-making. One fine example of Sofra’s craft is the Tahini Banana Bread prepared with Maine buckwheat, chocolate, and the requisite sesame condiment. In fact, it’s a perfect match for a Sesame Caramel Latte.

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