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14 Must-Eat Pies in Philadelphia

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There's something to it, the pie. It could be the way you literally dig into the dessert, how you shovel your way through the sweetness to get to a brittle, buttery crust for a perfect forkful of cream and crunch. Or maybe it's its aesthetic, how something so picture-perfect to start so quickly turns to a messy plate of topping, crumbs and flakes. Often times, messy tastes good.

Pies are beloved, whether they're sweet or savory, dainty or massive, and Philly has no shortage of places to satisfy your cravings. Classic diner standbys, elegant cheesecakes and old-school Pennsylvania Dutch delights, this city has it all. Check out the below bucket list for some of the city's best options, listed from south to north.

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1. Lo Spiedo

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4503 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19112
(215) 282-3184
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Marc Vetri's Italian restaurant adjacent to the Urban Outfitters campus makes waves for their wood-fired meat and fish dishes. But don't sleep on the dessert menu. Word on the street is that their cast iron apple pie with cinnamon semifreddo is worth the cab fare to the Navy Yard alone.

2. Melrose Diner

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1501 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(267) 607-3676
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The Melrose Diner is a South Philly institution and if you're in the mood for classic diner pie, this is your best bet within city limits. In particular, their hot apple pie with vanilla sauce is a longstanding crowd favorite.

3. Stargazy

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1838 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Sam Jacobson's E. Passyunk traditional British pie shop is being met with near-universal acclaim. His meat pies are outstanding and his sweet pies--banoffee tart and a rotating selection of fruit pies--are a perfect way to end a meal.

4. Kermit's Bake Shoppe

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2204 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(267) 639-4267
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This funky little carry-out bakery on Washington Avenue has a robust offering of cakes, cupcakes, and ice cream alongside a smattering of savory options. And their pie selection is especially enticing. Seasonal offerings like Pumpkin Rosemary Anglaise Tart and Toasted Coconut Cream Tart are perfect for brightening up a holiday party or stuffing in your face as soon as you get in your car.

5. Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique

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1622 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(267) 519-2904
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With a rotating selection of seasonal sweet and savory pies, South Street West's Magpie has a fiercely loyal following. Their butterscotch bourbon pie is a cult favorite and their crescent-shaped hand pies are perfect for a handheld flaky bite. Not sure what to get? Opt for a flight of three pie pieces and try a little bit of everything.

6. The Little Bird Bakery & Cafe

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517 S 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 519-2312
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Jessica Nolen's Queen Village bakery has only been open for a few weeks and people are already singing their praises about her pumpkin cheesecake. Also on the menu: hazelnut mousse torte, maple custard pie, praline cheesecake, and more.

7. The Franklin Fountain

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116 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-1899
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Old City's Franklin Fountain is known for their old-timey ice cream parlor ways. But if you're feeling more like slicing than scooping into your dessert, go with their apple pie à la mode with maple walnut ice cream.

8. Swiss Haus Bakery (Old City)

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313 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 457-3262
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Swiss Haus Bakery has been around for over 90 years so they're clearly doing something right. You'll find traditional fruit pies of the apple, pumpkin, blueberry and cherry variety, as well as an assortment of chocolate, coconut, and banana cream pies.

9. Flying Monkey Bakery

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51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 928-0340
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If you can't decide between a pie or a cake, Flying Monkey Bakery won't make you choose. Grab a slice of Pumpple Cake, a chocolate and vanilla cake and apple and pumpkin pie Frankenstein-y hybrid. If that's too much, snap up a slice of apple, pecan, or key lime pie instead.

10. Beiler's Amish Bakery

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51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 351-0735
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Specializing in Pennsylvania Dutch treats, Reading Terminal Market's Beiler's Amish Bakery is known for their robust selection of doughnuts, sticky buns, fritters, cookies and cakes. But their pies have their own fans, with standards like apple crumb, cherry and pecan out for sale daily.

11. Fette Sau

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1208 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 391-4888
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Look no further is you crave a truly kickass key lime pie. Stephen Starr's Fishtown barbecue spot, Fette Sau, has got you covered.

12. Whipped Bakeshop

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636 Belgrade St
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 598-5449
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Fishtown's Whipped Bakeshop is mostly known for their creative cakes and top-rated cupcakes. But their Philadelphia Butter Cake is a special treat available for pre-order. According to their website, it's an "old-school Philly treat that has a glazed doughnut dough base, a sweet and gooey custard-like center, and a caramelized top with chewy, buttery edges." Yes, please.

13. Bud & Marilyn's

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1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-2220
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Midtown Village's classic Americana restaurant by Marcie Turney and Val Safran boasts many a mid-century modern dessert, but the Mile High Coconut Cream Pie is something of gargantuan, nostalgia-inducing proportions. Its curried sesame graham outer-casing is stacked preposterously high with coconut and whipped cream, then topped with toasted coconut and sesame praline.

1. Lo Spiedo

4503 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19112
Marc Vetri's Italian restaurant adjacent to the Urban Outfitters campus makes waves for their wood-fired meat and fish dishes. But don't sleep on the dessert menu. Word on the street is that their cast iron apple pie with cinnamon semifreddo is worth the cab fare to the Navy Yard alone.
4503 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19112

2. Melrose Diner

1501 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145
The Melrose Diner is a South Philly institution and if you're in the mood for classic diner pie, this is your best bet within city limits. In particular, their hot apple pie with vanilla sauce is a longstanding crowd favorite.
1501 Snyder Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145

3. Stargazy

1838 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Sam Jacobson's E. Passyunk traditional British pie shop is being met with near-universal acclaim. His meat pies are outstanding and his sweet pies--banoffee tart and a rotating selection of fruit pies--are a perfect way to end a meal.
1838 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

4. Kermit's Bake Shoppe

2204 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146
This funky little carry-out bakery on Washington Avenue has a robust offering of cakes, cupcakes, and ice cream alongside a smattering of savory options. And their pie selection is especially enticing. Seasonal offerings like Pumpkin Rosemary Anglaise Tart and Toasted Coconut Cream Tart are perfect for brightening up a holiday party or stuffing in your face as soon as you get in your car.
2204 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19146

5. Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique

1622 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
With a rotating selection of seasonal sweet and savory pies, South Street West's Magpie has a fiercely loyal following. Their butterscotch bourbon pie is a cult favorite and their crescent-shaped hand pies are perfect for a handheld flaky bite. Not sure what to get? Opt for a flight of three pie pieces and try a little bit of everything.
1622 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

6. The Little Bird Bakery & Cafe

517 S 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Jessica Nolen's Queen Village bakery has only been open for a few weeks and people are already singing their praises about her pumpkin cheesecake. Also on the menu: hazelnut mousse torte, maple custard pie, praline cheesecake, and more.
517 S 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

7. The Franklin Fountain

116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Old City's Franklin Fountain is known for their old-timey ice cream parlor ways. But if you're feeling more like slicing than scooping into your dessert, go with their apple pie à la mode with maple walnut ice cream.
116 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

8. Swiss Haus Bakery (Old City)

313 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Swiss Haus Bakery has been around for over 90 years so they're clearly doing something right. You'll find traditional fruit pies of the apple, pumpkin, blueberry and cherry variety, as well as an assortment of chocolate, coconut, and banana cream pies.
313 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

9. Flying Monkey Bakery

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
If you can't decide between a pie or a cake, Flying Monkey Bakery won't make you choose. Grab a slice of Pumpple Cake, a chocolate and vanilla cake and apple and pumpkin pie Frankenstein-y hybrid. If that's too much, snap up a slice of apple, pecan, or key lime pie instead.
51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

10. Beiler's Amish Bakery

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Specializing in Pennsylvania Dutch treats, Reading Terminal Market's Beiler's Amish Bakery is known for their robust selection of doughnuts, sticky buns, fritters, cookies and cakes. But their pies have their own fans, with standards like apple crumb, cherry and pecan out for sale daily.
51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

11. Fette Sau

1208 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Look no further is you crave a truly kickass key lime pie. Stephen Starr's Fishtown barbecue spot, Fette Sau, has got you covered.
1208 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

12. Whipped Bakeshop

636 Belgrade St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Fishtown's Whipped Bakeshop is mostly known for their creative cakes and top-rated cupcakes. But their Philadelphia Butter Cake is a special treat available for pre-order. According to their website, it's an "old-school Philly treat that has a glazed doughnut dough base, a sweet and gooey custard-like center, and a caramelized top with chewy, buttery edges." Yes, please.
636 Belgrade St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

13. Bud & Marilyn's

1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Midtown Village's classic Americana restaurant by Marcie Turney and Val Safran boasts many a mid-century modern dessert, but the Mile High Coconut Cream Pie is something of gargantuan, nostalgia-inducing proportions. Its curried sesame graham outer-casing is stacked preposterously high with coconut and whipped cream, then topped with toasted coconut and sesame praline.
1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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