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

From old-school cannoli to quince kouign-amman, 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.

The Frosted Fox Cake Shop

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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.

La Caleñita Bakery & Café

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All kinds of sweet Colombian treats are available at La Caleñita Bakery in Olney. Whether you’re interested in pan de queso, panderos, or pastel de maiz, you’ll find a tantalizing array of pastries and desserts alongside sandwiches, arepas, and empanadas.

Haegele's Bakery

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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 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.

Crust Vegan Bakery

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

Stock's Bakery

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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.

New June

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Noelle Blizzard is a true wizard of baking: At her cottage bakery New June in Fairmount, Blizzard can make everything from a beautiful wedding cake to a wonderful tart, all decorated and dressed up immaculately. Her custom cakes in flavors like chamomile, orange, and honey cake will make any occasion feel extra special. Custom orders can be placed through New June’s website.

Cake Life Bake Shop

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In Fishtown, Cake Life Bake Shop is the destination for all manner of baked goods, from cupcakes to cookies to pies and cakes. Weekly pre-orders go live on Cake Life’s website every Sunday at noon, if there’s something in particular you’re looking to try, like professionally decorated cakes for special occasions and cupcake boxes.

The Kettle Black

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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!

Darnel's

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Bakers and chefs Kyle Cuffie-Scott and Joe Loupe bake and sell giant brownies, iced cakes, and other treats alongside lunch and brunch options at Darnel’s Cakes in Northern Liberties. Not only are the baked goods great, the mission of Darnel’s is worth supporting, too: The bakery raises money and awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Jezabel’s

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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.

K C's Pastries

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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.

Ramona Susan's Bake Shop (multiple locations)

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With one location in Fishtown and another in South Philly, Ramona Susan’s Bake Shop will keep you rich in baked goods, no matter what part of the city you live in. Their menu includes rainbow cookies, galactic brownies, and custom cakes for every kind of occasion. Preorder for pickup at this link. Custom orders can be placed at Ramona Susan’s website.

Small Oven Pastry Shop

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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.

Isgro Pastries

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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.

Essen Bakery

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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.

Cake and Joe

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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.

Termini Brothers Bakery (multiple locations)

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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.

Vanilya Bakery

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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.

Kouklet Brazilian Bakehouse

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Kouklet Bakehouse specializes in all Brazilian baked things, like orange and caramelized milk cake rolls and yuca and coconut cakes. Prefer savory to sweet? The pão de queijo — traditional Brazilian cheese tapioca bread — is an excellent option.

Artisan Boulanger Patissier

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Husband-and-wife team Andre Chin and Amanda Eap have been in the pastry-and-bread business since 2002, and there’s a reason their corner shop is such a local favorite. Show up for the flaky pistachio croissants, stay for the crunchy banh mi.

Second Daughter Baking Co.

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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.

Machine Shop Boulangerie

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When the retail cafe outpost of the Machine Shop pop-up opened in the beginning of 2022, there were instantly lines out the door. Eager Philadelphians gathered at Bok Building to get a taste of pastry chef Emily Riddell’s quince kouign-amman, twice-baked almond croissants, lemon tarts with toasted meringue, and sourdough breads. Every pastry at Machine Shop is worth the wait. Just get there on the early side — Riddell frequently sells out.

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Lipkin's Bakery

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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.

The Frosted Fox Cake Shop

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.

La Caleñita Bakery & Café

All kinds of sweet Colombian treats are available at La Caleñita Bakery in Olney. Whether you’re interested in pan de queso, panderos, or pastel de maiz, you’ll find a tantalizing array of pastries and desserts alongside sandwiches, arepas, and empanadas.

Haegele's Bakery

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 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.

Crust Vegan Bakery

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

Stock's Bakery

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.

New June

Noelle Blizzard is a true wizard of baking: At her cottage bakery New June in Fairmount, Blizzard can make everything from a beautiful wedding cake to a wonderful tart, all decorated and dressed up immaculately. Her custom cakes in flavors like chamomile, orange, and honey cake will make any occasion feel extra special. Custom orders can be placed through New June’s website.

Cake Life Bake Shop

In Fishtown, Cake Life Bake Shop is the destination for all manner of baked goods, from cupcakes to cookies to pies and cakes. Weekly pre-orders go live on Cake Life’s website every Sunday at noon, if there’s something in particular you’re looking to try, like professionally decorated cakes for special occasions and cupcake boxes.

The Kettle Black

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!

Darnel's

Bakers and chefs Kyle Cuffie-Scott and Joe Loupe bake and sell giant brownies, iced cakes, and other treats alongside lunch and brunch options at Darnel’s Cakes in Northern Liberties. Not only are the baked goods great, the mission of Darnel’s is worth supporting, too: The bakery raises money and awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Jezabel’s

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.

K C's Pastries

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.

Ramona Susan's Bake Shop (multiple locations)

With one location in Fishtown and another in South Philly, Ramona Susan’s Bake Shop will keep you rich in baked goods, no matter what part of the city you live in. Their menu includes rainbow cookies, galactic brownies, and custom cakes for every kind of occasion. Preorder for pickup at this link. Custom orders can be placed at Ramona Susan’s website.

Small Oven Pastry Shop

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.

Isgro Pastries

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.

Essen Bakery

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.

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Cake and Joe

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.

Termini Brothers Bakery (multiple locations)

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.

Vanilya Bakery

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.

Kouklet Brazilian Bakehouse

Kouklet Bakehouse specializes in all Brazilian baked things, like orange and caramelized milk cake rolls and yuca and coconut cakes. Prefer savory to sweet? The pão de queijo — traditional Brazilian cheese tapioca bread — is an excellent option.

Artisan Boulanger Patissier

Husband-and-wife team Andre Chin and Amanda Eap have been in the pastry-and-bread business since 2002, and there’s a reason their corner shop is such a local favorite. Show up for the flaky pistachio croissants, stay for the crunchy banh mi.

Second Daughter Baking Co.

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.

Machine Shop Boulangerie

An overhead shot of eight different pastries and cookies and tarts. Gab Bonghi

When the retail cafe outpost of the Machine Shop pop-up opened in the beginning of 2022, there were instantly lines out the door. Eager Philadelphians gathered at Bok Building to get a taste of pastry chef Emily Riddell’s quince kouign-amman, twice-baked almond croissants, lemon tarts with toasted meringue, and sourdough breads. Every pastry at Machine Shop is worth the wait. Just get there on the early side — Riddell frequently sells out.

An overhead shot of eight different pastries and cookies and tarts. Gab Bonghi

Lipkin's Bakery

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.

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