Best of Philly

Best Bakery

2016 BEST Pie Shop


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 the bakers working in the back. It’s the best thing to come from Britain since Kate Middleton’s hair.

1838 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk, Philadelphia, PA | 215-309-2761 | Website

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 »