Best of Philly

Best Bakery

2017 BEST Jewish Bakery

Essen Bakery

Despite being less than two years old, Tova du Plessis’s shop is a throwback to a time when bakeries felt personal—when you actually interacted with the person twisting your babka with chocolate; when chocolate chip cookies still tasted homemade; when you were encouraged to grab a seat, settle in and eat your toast on-site.

1437 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-271-2299 | Website

2017 BEST New Bakery

Cake Life Bake Shop

1306 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

The story has an adorable beginning: Two besties quit their jobs to bake all day, together. In Chapter Two, they win Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. And the ending? This new cafe in Fishtown, where you can grab a cup of coffee and a sausage roll in the morning and a slice of cake… Read more »

2016 BEST Pie Shop


1838 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk, Philadelphia, PA

London native Sam Jacobson has packed his tiny South Philly pie shop with nothing more than a sprinkling of tables, some mismatched spoons, free tea, and, oh yeah, two bakery cases brimming with flaky sausage rolls, an ever-changing roster of pastries and meat pies, and traditional beef pies with mash and parsley liquor, fresh from… Read more »

2015 BEST Bakery

Artisan Boulanger Patissier

1218 Mifflin Street, Philadelphia, PA

In the bakery world, Cambodian immigrants Andre Chin and Amanda Eap have been making lovely French baguettes with a little more heft than most for ages, but it’s their pastries that bring the neighbors to the door at 8 a.m. (on the dot!) on Sundays. The spinach and mushroom croissant makes us wish they did… Read more »

2013 BEST Contemporary Bakery

Belle Cakery

1437 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Fans of Fond have been under pastry chef Jessie Prawluckis spell for years now, but these days you can skip straight to dessert. Her cakes twist classic combos just enough to set them apart. Its hard to beat the Fond: malted milk-chocolate mousse and cocoa sponge cake on a crispy peanut base. But if theres… Read more »

2009 BEST Bakery

Tartes Fine Cakes and Pastries

212 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

We followed pastry chef Teresa Wall’s cake-and-scone-and-cookie-crumb trail all over the city before finding her manning the takeout window at her tiny pink bakery in Old City. She’s responsible for the tasty desserts at Monk’s, Grace’s Tavern, Nodding Head and Anthony’s Coffeehouse, but it’s at Tartes that her daily specials small layer cakes, seasonal fruit… Read more »