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20 Bakeries for the Most Delicious Pastries, Cakes, and Baked Goods in Philly

From old-school cannoli to whole-grain caneles, there’s a bakery in Philly for every kind of sweet tooth

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Family-run, homegrown shops used to make up much of the baking scene in Philadelphia, with many of the techniques and recipes passed down from generation to generation. Lately, though, there’s been a whole new crop of bakers popping up who are putting their own spin on old classics, turning traditional buttery baked goods into rich vegan delights, and making Philly a destination for — if you can believe it — French pastries. The old-school is mixing with the new to assert what everyone from Philly already knows: Here, your sweet tooth will always be satisfied.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Frosted Fox Cake Shop

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6511 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(267) 900-5453
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Cookies, brownies, lemon bars, mini pies, and all other manner of delights reign at the Frosted Fox Cake Shop, but this Mount Airy bakery’s custom cakes really — well — take the cake. Designed to to reflect even your heart’s strangest whims (a Guy Fieri-inspired cake, anyone?), Frosted Fox is the go-to for all celebrations, big and small. Custom orders can be made by phone or stop by the shop to pick up treats of the more handheld variety.

2. Haegele's Bakery

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4164 Barnett St
Philadelphia, PA 19135
(215) 624-0117
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This old-world German bake shop in Mayfair has been pumping out the same apfelknodel (apple dumplings), bienenstich (bee sting cake), and butterkuchen (butter cake) since 1930, and after three generations in the family, nothing, not even the apple peeler, has changed. German sweets are the specialty, of course, but don't sleep on the Washington cake — a Philadelphia tradition dating back to the 1700s.

3. Crust Vegan Bakery

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4409 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 532-7867
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You can’t throw a stone in Philly without hitting a great vegan baked good. Crust Bakery does it best, though. Chocolate peanut butter pop tarts and signature cookie sandwiches make this a must-stop on the bakery trail, but bakers Meagan Benz and Shannon Roche’s social justice mission (a portion of every sale is donated to organizations that focus on issues like the environment and liberation for all) makes them taste all the better.

4. Stock's Bakery

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2614 E Lehigh Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 634-7344
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At Stock's, pound cake is the name of the game and there isn't any better in the entire city. A bite of the pillowy cake turns to an almost fudge-like consistency, and the icing on top is good enough to eat alone. Try the marble cake, too.

5. The Kettle Black

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631 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

At the Kettle Black in Northern Liberties, husband-and-wife team Marc Basile and Claire Ogilvie make traditional French viennoiserie and breads that are genuinely wonderful (plus, their dedication to the expression “wake and bake” is endearing). And while it seems like it couldn’t be done, the bakery’s croissants, pain au chocolat, and cinnamon buns have just-as-good vegan counterparts. Don’t sleep on the bubbly bagels!

6. Jezabel’s

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206 S 45th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 519-2494
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Three years after Jezabel Careaga relocated her Fitler Square cafe to her West Philly coffee shop, bakery, and studio, Jezabel’s is still Philly’s top spot for Argentine sweets like alfajores and sweet custard-and-quince vigilantes. Order a chef’s selection pastry box on the weekends and you’ll get a king’s ransom of sweet goodness.

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7. K C's Pastries

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109 N 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 238-8808

Taro buns, egg tarts, and sesame red bean balls abound at this Chinese bakery around the corner from Reading Terminal. But custard cream buns — topped with flaky coconut — are the highlight. Wash everything down with a creamy milk tea.

8. Lost Bread Rittenhouse

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2218 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 309-2773
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Yeah, yeah, we know you know that Lost Bread Co. makes amazing bread. But not to be overlooked is their extensive and exciting pastry selection, made with whole-grain flours so that even their chocolate croissant feels wholesome. The highlight: custardy and hearty caneles made with freshly-milled einkorn flour.

9. The Sweet Life Bakeshop

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740 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 717-7770
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Banana pudding is the go-to order at South Street’s friendly Sweet Life Bakeshop. The bakery sells a few different options, including a version with fresh berries and one with no banana (for that picky friend), along with excellent cupcakes and cakes.

10. Small Oven Pastry Shop

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2204 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 545-2939
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If you have leftover space in your stomach after inhaling a roast pork sandwich from Porco’s, the sandwich shop next door to Small Oven Pastry Shop (both owned by chef Chad Durkin), there are more than enough treats to fulfill your post-pork sweet fix. Precious petit fours, chai cinnamon buns, and and a “cannoli 2.0” with a baked cinnamon shell are all on the menu to entice visitors to the popular Graduate Hospital hot spot.

11. Isgro Pastries

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1009 Christian St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 923-3092
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The ricotta cookies and filled-to-order cannoli are unbeatable at Isgro, a century-old shop you can smell from two blocks away. Be prepared to wait in a long line around holidays, when it seems like everyone in South Philly is stopping in for a box of assorted butter cookies.

12. Fitz and Starts

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743 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 278-2736
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The pastry counter at Fitz & Starts in Queen Village is a thing to behold: morning buns, croissants, colorful fruit tarts, marbled brownies, and more keep neighborhood locals coming back daily. (The lunch and dinner service are great, too.) Try them all with a to-go latte — or skip the coffee and just get the unbelievably good monkey bread and savor it by itself. Pastry special orders can be made online in advance, too.

13. Essen Bakery

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1437 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 271-2299
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Everything owner Tova du Plessis creates at her Jewish bakery on East Passyunk Avenue is impressive, from her famous chocolate babka laced with halva to the black-and-white cookies tinted with just a bit of orange zest.

14. Cake and Joe

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1401 E Moyamensing Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 220-4599
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Elegance is in high supply at Cake and Joe, the Pennsport pastry and coffee shop started by longtime friends Sarah Qi and Trista Tang. The French pastries on offer are magical: airy, light mousses in dreamy colors and fruit tarts so delicate they feel almost too perfect to eat. Almost.

15. Termini Brothers Bakery (multiple locations)

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1523 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 334-1816
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Known for its killer cannoli and long history in Philadelphia, the flagship Termini Bros. location is still a necessary destination for Italian treats of all kinds. Need someone to translate pignoli, musticiolli, imbutitti, scumetti, and quorasemali? Don't worry, the friendly staff is there to help.

16. Vanilya Bakery

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1611 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Vanilya Bakery is a little gem tucked between the destination restaurants on East Passyunk Avenue. Chef Bonnie Sarana Noll specializes in custom cakes, but also sells slices, cupcakes, cookies, baklava, sweet and savory rolls, and filled buns.

17. Artisan Boulanger Patissier

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

Cambodian husband-and-wife team Andre Chin and Amanda Eap have been in the pastry-and-bread business since 2002, and though the buzz has died down in recent years (due in part to the countless new spots opening in the Passyunk Avenue corridor), the bakery’s standard offerings still hold up. Show up for the flaky pistachio croissants, stay for the crunchy banh mi.

18. Second Daughter Baking Co.

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39/26 BOK BUILDING, 1901 S 09TH ST
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 225-4195
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Sisters Rhonda Saltzman and Mercedes Brooks are the geniuses behind Second Daughter Baking Co., an artisan bakery that crafts beautiful wedding cakes, elegant tarts, and fudgy, gooey brownies inside the Bok Building. The brownies, as you’ve likely heard, are award-winning and not to be missed. Orders for local delivery and pickup can be made online, and luckily you don’t have to be in Philly proper to enjoy many of Second Daughter’s treats: Saltzman and Brooks ship non-perishable goods like brownies, focaccia, and cookies nationwide.

19. Lipkin's Bakery

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2153 S Hancock St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 462-1637
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One of the most popular Jewish bakeries in Northeast Philly, Lipkin’s has been around for decades. Recently the shop returned to its South Philly roots with a second location to sell its cakes, rugelach, pastries, and more.

20. Dulce Artisanal Pastry

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740A Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108
(856) 942-0254
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Starr Restaurants alum Josue Santiago Negrón opened his long-awaited pastry shop Dulce in 2016 and has since brought an array of rich opera cakes, macarons, cheesecakes, and cookies to Collingswood. If it’s sweet, Negrón makes it — mallorca buns reminiscent of Negrón’s Puerto Rican upbringing are a standout.

1. The Frosted Fox Cake Shop

6511 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Cookies, brownies, lemon bars, mini pies, and all other manner of delights reign at the Frosted Fox Cake Shop, but this Mount Airy bakery’s custom cakes really — well — take the cake. Designed to to reflect even your heart’s strangest whims (a Guy Fieri-inspired cake, anyone?), Frosted Fox is the go-to for all celebrations, big and small. Custom orders can be made by phone or stop by the shop to pick up treats of the more handheld variety.

6511 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119

2. Haegele's Bakery

4164 Barnett St, Philadelphia, PA 19135

This old-world German bake shop in Mayfair has been pumping out the same apfelknodel (apple dumplings), bienenstich (bee sting cake), and butterkuchen (butter cake) since 1930, and after three generations in the family, nothing, not even the apple peeler, has changed. German sweets are the specialty, of course, but don't sleep on the Washington cake — a Philadelphia tradition dating back to the 1700s.

4164 Barnett St
Philadelphia, PA 19135

3. Crust Vegan Bakery

4409 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

You can’t throw a stone in Philly without hitting a great vegan baked good. Crust Bakery does it best, though. Chocolate peanut butter pop tarts and signature cookie sandwiches make this a must-stop on the bakery trail, but bakers Meagan Benz and Shannon Roche’s social justice mission (a portion of every sale is donated to organizations that focus on issues like the environment and liberation for all) makes them taste all the better.

4409 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127

4. Stock's Bakery

2614 E Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

At Stock's, pound cake is the name of the game and there isn't any better in the entire city. A bite of the pillowy cake turns to an almost fudge-like consistency, and the icing on top is good enough to eat alone. Try the marble cake, too.

2614 E Lehigh Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

5. The Kettle Black

631 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

At the Kettle Black in Northern Liberties, husband-and-wife team Marc Basile and Claire Ogilvie make traditional French viennoiserie and breads that are genuinely wonderful (plus, their dedication to the expression “wake and bake” is endearing). And while it seems like it couldn’t be done, the bakery’s croissants, pain au chocolat, and cinnamon buns have just-as-good vegan counterparts. Don’t sleep on the bubbly bagels!

631 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

6. Jezabel’s

206 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Jezabel’s [official photo]

Three years after Jezabel Careaga relocated her Fitler Square cafe to her West Philly coffee shop, bakery, and studio, Jezabel’s is still Philly’s top spot for Argentine sweets like alfajores and sweet custard-and-quince vigilantes. Order a chef’s selection pastry box on the weekends and you’ll get a king’s ransom of sweet goodness.

206 S 45th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

7. K C's Pastries

109 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Taro buns, egg tarts, and sesame red bean balls abound at this Chinese bakery around the corner from Reading Terminal. But custard cream buns — topped with flaky coconut — are the highlight. Wash everything down with a creamy milk tea.

109 N 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. Lost Bread Rittenhouse

2218 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Yeah, yeah, we know you know that Lost Bread Co. makes amazing bread. But not to be overlooked is their extensive and exciting pastry selection, made with whole-grain flours so that even their chocolate croissant feels wholesome. The highlight: custardy and hearty caneles made with freshly-milled einkorn flour.

2218 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

9. The Sweet Life Bakeshop

740 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Banana pudding is the go-to order at South Street’s friendly Sweet Life Bakeshop. The bakery sells a few different options, including a version with fresh berries and one with no banana (for that picky friend), along with excellent cupcakes and cakes.

740 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

10. Small Oven Pastry Shop

2204 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146

If you have leftover space in your stomach after inhaling a roast pork sandwich from Porco’s, the sandwich shop next door to Small Oven Pastry Shop (both owned by chef Chad Durkin), there are more than enough treats to fulfill your post-pork sweet fix. Precious petit fours, chai cinnamon buns, and and a “cannoli 2.0” with a baked cinnamon shell are all on the menu to entice visitors to the popular Graduate Hospital hot spot.

2204 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19146

11. Isgro Pastries

1009 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The ricotta cookies and filled-to-order cannoli are unbeatable at Isgro, a century-old shop you can smell from two blocks away. Be prepared to wait in a long line around holidays, when it seems like everyone in South Philly is stopping in for a box of assorted butter cookies.

1009 Christian St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

12. Fitz and Starts

743 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The pastry counter at Fitz & Starts in Queen Village is a thing to behold: morning buns, croissants, colorful fruit tarts, marbled brownies, and more keep neighborhood locals coming back daily. (The lunch and dinner service are great, too.) Try them all with a to-go latte — or skip the coffee and just get the unbelievably good monkey bread and savor it by itself. Pastry special orders can be made online in advance, too.

743 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

13. Essen Bakery

1437 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Everything owner Tova du Plessis creates at her Jewish bakery on East Passyunk Avenue is impressive, from her famous chocolate babka laced with halva to the black-and-white cookies tinted with just a bit of orange zest.

1437 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

14. Cake and Joe

1401 E Moyamensing Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Elegance is in high supply at Cake and Joe, the Pennsport pastry and coffee shop started by longtime friends Sarah Qi and Trista Tang. The French pastries on offer are magical: airy, light mousses in dreamy colors and fruit tarts so delicate they feel almost too perfect to eat. Almost.

1401 E Moyamensing Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

15. Termini Brothers Bakery (multiple locations)

1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Known for its killer cannoli and long history in Philadelphia, the flagship Termini Bros. location is still a necessary destination for Italian treats of all kinds. Need someone to translate pignoli, musticiolli, imbutitti, scumetti, and quorasemali? Don't worry, the friendly staff is there to help.

1523 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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16. Vanilya Bakery

1611 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Vanilya Bakery is a little gem tucked between the destination restaurants on East Passyunk Avenue. Chef Bonnie Sarana Noll specializes in custom cakes, but also sells slices, cupcakes, cookies, baklava, sweet and savory rolls, and filled buns.

1611 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

17. Artisan Boulanger Patissier

1218 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Cambodian husband-and-wife team Andre Chin and Amanda Eap have been in the pastry-and-bread business since 2002, and though the buzz has died down in recent years (due in part to the countless new spots opening in the Passyunk Avenue corridor), the bakery’s standard offerings still hold up. Show up for the flaky pistachio croissants, stay for the crunchy banh mi.

1218 Mifflin St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

18. Second Daughter Baking Co.

39/26 BOK BUILDING, 1901 S 09TH ST, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Sisters Rhonda Saltzman and Mercedes Brooks are the geniuses behind Second Daughter Baking Co., an artisan bakery that crafts beautiful wedding cakes, elegant tarts, and fudgy, gooey brownies inside the Bok Building. The brownies, as you’ve likely heard, are award-winning and not to be missed. Orders for local delivery and pickup can be made online, and luckily you don’t have to be in Philly proper to enjoy many of Second Daughter’s treats: Saltzman and Brooks ship non-perishable goods like brownies, focaccia, and cookies nationwide.

39/26 BOK BUILDING, 1901 S 09TH ST
Philadelphia, PA 19148

19. Lipkin's Bakery

2153 S Hancock St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

One of the most popular Jewish bakeries in Northeast Philly, Lipkin’s has been around for decades. Recently the shop returned to its South Philly roots with a second location to sell its cakes, rugelach, pastries, and more.

2153 S Hancock St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

20. Dulce Artisanal Pastry

740A Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Starr Restaurants alum Josue Santiago Negrón opened his long-awaited pastry shop Dulce in 2016 and has since brought an array of rich opera cakes, macarons, cheesecakes, and cookies to Collingswood. If it’s sweet, Negrón makes it — mallorca buns reminiscent of Negrón’s Puerto Rican upbringing are a standout.

740A Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108

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