It’s 3 a.m. and you need a cream puff. No problem. Hightail it to Bova, a 24-hour bakery in the city’s North End that dates back to 1921. Display cases are packed with a beguiling assortment of freshly baked desserts and breads. The whoopie pies, lobster tails, and cream puffs are stuffed with real whipped cream. Éclairs, strawberry shortcakes, ricotta cannoli, fruit tarts, chocolate dipped strawberries, croissants, cookies, Neapolitans, and stuffed turnovers are only a portion of the inventory you can take home – any hour of the day or night. If it’s not sweets you crave, calzone, over-sized subs, and freshly baked breads are also available from Bova’s very active ovens.

134 Salem St.