Though some of the best bakeries in Philadelphia have shut their doors for now in response to the coronavirus pandemic, there are still excellent options for cakes, cannoli, babka, cookies, and more sweets via delivery or curbside pickup from local bake shops. Whether you’re looking for an Easter dessert, a birthday cake, or just a sugary pick-me-up, here’s where to find them.
Keep in mind that many businesses are currently working with small crews, so it’s a good idea to order farther in advance than you usually would.
Order scones, jumbo pop tarts, and cakes from this Rittenhouse Square shop for delivery through Uber Eats, Caviar, Postmates, or Ritual or for curbside pickup. The brown sugar brown butter bundt cake is a popular choice.
Reading Terminal Market bakery Flying Monkey is selling its cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies, brownies, macarons and more for pickup or delivery via Mercato.
They say necessity is the mother of invention and that’s certainly the case for Isgro. The iconic Italian Market bakery closed to regroup and then opened back up with a new offering: cannoli kits. The $30 kit comes with six shells, ricotta filling, chocolate chips, and a pastry bag — this way, the shells stay the right amount of crunchy until it’s time to fill them. The kits and a long list of cakes, cookies, and pastries are available for delivery via Mercato, Caviar, or Uber Eats, or order directly through the bakery.
Order early if you want babka, rugelach, cookies, or Jewish apple cake from Essen, a Jewish-style bakery on East Passyunk Avenue. The baked goods have been selling out in under an hour. Looking for an Easter treat? Essen also makes hot cross buns.
Looking for a kosher dessert? Call this Society Hill bakery for curbside pickup or delivery of cupcakes, cookies, muffins, cakes, challah, and more. It’s a non-dairy bakery and there are vegan options too. Note that it’s closed for Passover and reopens April 17.
Argentine pastry specialist Jezabel’s in West Philly is open for pickup and contactless delivery. Order online or call or text 215-554-7380 to score ricotta cakes and dulce de leche–filled alfajores. Owner Jezabel Careaga has also been baking challah and the Easter bread rosca de pascua.
The Port Richmond retail store for this long-running pound cake bakery is closed, but its sweets can be found at other shops in the city and suburbs. Look for pound cakes decorated as Easter eggs.
On East Passyunk Avenue, Vanilya is making sweets and bagels for pickup or delivery in South Philly, Center City, and Fishtown. For those in need of a celebratory cake, the shop sells six-inch cakes for $40 that can be personalized and serve six to 10 people (you can always freeze some for later). Message Vanilya on Instagram or text 917-751-7044.
Mayfair’s German bake shop will ship a box full of Easter butter cookies and jellystick cookies with an Easter card anywhere in the U.S. for $50. The bakery is open, but only two customers are allowed in at once. Ordering in advance is the better option.
On Washington Avenue, Small Oven Pastry Shop is selling quarantine survival packs with an assortment of pastries. The bakeries’ delicate macarons, galettes, crumb cakes, and more are available for pickup or through Caviar delivery Bonus: Small Oven is attached to Porco’s, making it easy to order a porchetta sandwich alongside the sweets.
Check Instagram to see what over-the-top cupcake flavors Sweet Box in Washington Square West has available each day. The colorful goodies are available for pickup by texting 215-237-4647 or through Caviar.