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French-Asian Bakery A La Mousse Moves Into the Former Magpie on South Street

The sweet shop, which now has three locations, is known for its matcha cakes

green cake made of thin layers
A slice of matcha crepe cake at A La Mousse.
A La Mousse

Just a couple months after it expanded to Narberth, Chinatown bakery and cafe A La Mousse is set up on South Street in the former pie shop Magpie. A La Mousse, known for its pretty cakes infused with matcha, opened its third location on New Year’s Eve.

The patisserie first started selling its French-Asian sweets on 11th Street in Chinatown in 2015. Along with photo-ready single-serving baked goods, like the slice of matcha mille crêpe cake, which layers 20 thin green crepes, or the triple chocolate concoction with white chocolate mousse stacked on milk chocolate mousse atop a flourless dark chocolate cake, there are adorable pastries in animal shapes, like the round pig made of vanilla cream cheese mousse, blueberry cream, and almond cake and the bear with hazelnut feuilletine and chocolate mousse.

There’s also a menu of coffee drinks, fruit teas, milk foam teas, milkshakes, and matcha drinks, like a matcha white mocha latte.

display case with colorful pastries
Bakery and cafe A La Mousse is open on South Street.
Rachel Vigoda

A La Mousse expanded to Narberth (920 Montgomery Avenue) in October. The newest location is at 1622 South Street, which has been empty since Magpie closed at the end of 2018.

A block away, Sweet Freedom, the gluten-free, vegan bakery that doesn’t use dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, or refined sugar, closed its 15th and South location. The Sweet Freedom in Bryn Mawr is open.

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