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13 Essential Bakeries for Bread in Philly

A baker’s dozen bakeries for the best loaves

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Alongside legendary Philly stalwarts like Sarcone’s and Kaplan’s, new bread bakeries are popping up like so many brioche buns left to proof. If the humble loaf is in hiding nationally from the double-whammy of carb-phobia and gluten intolerance, Philadelphia’s bread footprint shows little sign of retreat. Innovative artisan bakers are diving into the mix, continuing and broadening the city’s rich tradition. Looking for cookies and cannoli instead of sourdough and rye? Bakeries excelling in the sweet side of things are here.

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1. Metropolitan Bakery (multiple locations)

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262 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-6655
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Opened in 1993, Metropolitan Bakery perhaps holds the title of grand dame of Philadelphia artisanal bread shops. It still lovingly churns out a multiplicity of loaves — from raisin nut to organic spelt — and all of them are top notch.  

2. Parc

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227 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-2262
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A bonus feature of dining at Parc is the bread basket, a contender for the city’s best. But eating at the restaurant isn’t a requirement: Parc sells loaves to go.

3. Artisan Boulanger Patissier

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1218 Mifflin St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-4688

James Beard Award nomination letters dot the wall at this French bakery owned by a Cambodian couple. The baguettes and country loaves are given a properly long and slow eight-hour rise and finished in a steam-injection oven for supreme crust and crumb. Don’t skip the divine almond croissants either.

4. Faragalli's Bakery

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1400 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 468-5197

This is where to go for dense, old school Sicilian-style bread out of a wood-fired oven. Does the wood fire matter? It does. The rough-hewn texture feels like access to a Sicily (and Philadelphia) of another age.

5. Mighty Bread Company

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1211 Gerritt St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 607-3205
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“Handmade sourdough” pretty much says it all about Mighty Bread Co. and owner Chris DiPiazza’s special baked goods. He worked in a rented space for a couple years before opening this South Philly bakery where he employs a natural fermentation process to create crusty sourdough in varieties that include seeded, chocolate, rustic olive, cheese, and more.

6. Essen Bakery

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1437 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 271-2299
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Baker Tova du Plessis makes desert island babka. Last rites babka. Stick-’em-up-give-me-the-babka-and-nobody-gets-hurt kind of babka. But since babka for every meal is frowned upon, there’s also excellent rye bread and challah here.

7. J'aime

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212 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 928-3172
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The story goes that French baker Bastien Ornano moved to Philadelphia for love. Tasting his line of viennoiserie, including his swoon-worthy croissants, confirms this is true. But also swing by (come early) for baguettes and a very popular country loaf.   

8. Taffets

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1024 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 551-5511
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Gluten-free bread that holds its own against traditional loaves? Believe it. Taffets offers loyal fans everything from challah to bagels, but it’s items like the pumpernickel boule that keeps them lining up.

9. Sarcone's Bakery

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758 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-0445
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For nearly a century, Sarcone’s has represented the gold standard in Philadelphia bread baking. Freshly made plain and sesame-seeded loaves line the walls of this small, cash-only Italian Market shop. Tearing into a warm loaf of crusty Italian bread while strolling down Ninth Street is a unique Philly pleasure.

10. High Street on Market

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308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-0988
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Part bakery, part all-day restaurant, High Street on Market sells some of the best artisanal bread in town, like squid-ink bialys, a buckwheat cherry loaf, and brioche buns. The bread baked here is also for sale in a few other locations, including A.Kitchen and the Headhouse Farmers’ Market.

sliced loaf of bakery bread Chaucee Stillman

11. The Kettle Black

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631 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

This Northern Liberties spot makes serious bagels, but also a seasonal loaf that is a top contender for the best bread in Philadelphia. It’ll likely be something sprouted, and will go well with butter or schmear.  

12. Lost Bread Co.

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1313 N Howard St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 739-2904
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After spending a few years at High Street on Market, celebrated baker Alex Bois launched Lost Bread Co. Find his hearth-baked bread at the retail shop on Howard Street, which was the original bakery; Craft Hall, where the baking now happens; farmers markets; and several local grocery stores. Don’t miss Lost Bread’s pretzel shortbread cookies — they might be the best way to enjoy Philly’s favorite carb.

13. La Colombe (multiple locations)

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1335 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 479-1600
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La Colombe’s breadmaker, John McGrath, makes a mighty fine baguette. The outside is crisp and the inside is as open and airy as the coffee brand’s flagship location in Fishtown. Baguettes and draft lattés make a great pairing.  

1. Metropolitan Bakery (multiple locations)

262 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Opened in 1993, Metropolitan Bakery perhaps holds the title of grand dame of Philadelphia artisanal bread shops. It still lovingly churns out a multiplicity of loaves — from raisin nut to organic spelt — and all of them are top notch.  

262 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

2. Parc

227 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

A bonus feature of dining at Parc is the bread basket, a contender for the city’s best. But eating at the restaurant isn’t a requirement: Parc sells loaves to go.

227 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

3. Artisan Boulanger Patissier

1218 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

James Beard Award nomination letters dot the wall at this French bakery owned by a Cambodian couple. The baguettes and country loaves are given a properly long and slow eight-hour rise and finished in a steam-injection oven for supreme crust and crumb. Don’t skip the divine almond croissants either.

1218 Mifflin St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

4. Faragalli's Bakery

1400 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

This is where to go for dense, old school Sicilian-style bread out of a wood-fired oven. Does the wood fire matter? It does. The rough-hewn texture feels like access to a Sicily (and Philadelphia) of another age.

1400 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

5. Mighty Bread Company

1211 Gerritt St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

“Handmade sourdough” pretty much says it all about Mighty Bread Co. and owner Chris DiPiazza’s special baked goods. He worked in a rented space for a couple years before opening this South Philly bakery where he employs a natural fermentation process to create crusty sourdough in varieties that include seeded, chocolate, rustic olive, cheese, and more.

1211 Gerritt St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

6. Essen Bakery

1437 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Baker Tova du Plessis makes desert island babka. Last rites babka. Stick-’em-up-give-me-the-babka-and-nobody-gets-hurt kind of babka. But since babka for every meal is frowned upon, there’s also excellent rye bread and challah here.

1437 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

7. J'aime

212 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The story goes that French baker Bastien Ornano moved to Philadelphia for love. Tasting his line of viennoiserie, including his swoon-worthy croissants, confirms this is true. But also swing by (come early) for baguettes and a very popular country loaf.   

212 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. Taffets

1024 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Gluten-free bread that holds its own against traditional loaves? Believe it. Taffets offers loyal fans everything from challah to bagels, but it’s items like the pumpernickel boule that keeps them lining up.

1024 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

9. Sarcone's Bakery

758 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

For nearly a century, Sarcone’s has represented the gold standard in Philadelphia bread baking. Freshly made plain and sesame-seeded loaves line the walls of this small, cash-only Italian Market shop. Tearing into a warm loaf of crusty Italian bread while strolling down Ninth Street is a unique Philly pleasure.

758 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

10. High Street on Market

308 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
sliced loaf of bakery bread Chaucee Stillman

Part bakery, part all-day restaurant, High Street on Market sells some of the best artisanal bread in town, like squid-ink bialys, a buckwheat cherry loaf, and brioche buns. The bread baked here is also for sale in a few other locations, including A.Kitchen and the Headhouse Farmers’ Market.

308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. The Kettle Black

631 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

This Northern Liberties spot makes serious bagels, but also a seasonal loaf that is a top contender for the best bread in Philadelphia. It’ll likely be something sprouted, and will go well with butter or schmear.  

631 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

12. Lost Bread Co.

1313 N Howard St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

After spending a few years at High Street on Market, celebrated baker Alex Bois launched Lost Bread Co. Find his hearth-baked bread at the retail shop on Howard Street, which was the original bakery; Craft Hall, where the baking now happens; farmers markets; and several local grocery stores. Don’t miss Lost Bread’s pretzel shortbread cookies — they might be the best way to enjoy Philly’s favorite carb.

1313 N Howard St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

13. La Colombe (multiple locations)

1335 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

La Colombe’s breadmaker, John McGrath, makes a mighty fine baguette. The outside is crisp and the inside is as open and airy as the coffee brand’s flagship location in Fishtown. Baguettes and draft lattés make a great pairing.  

1335 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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