Philly Gets Baked: A Look Inside Philly’s Booming Bakery Scene

The people, flavors and trends redefining our bakery roots, plus the 25 best bakeries that started it all.

Breads, cakes and cookies from Essen in East Passyunk | Photograph by Neal Santos

We’ve never wanted for baked goods around here, or for great bread, for that matter — family bakeries that make old country recipes are an important part of Philly’s food story. But there’s a new chapter being written: Young talents who are obsessed with technique and ingredients (and having fun) are breaking rules and making babka and focaccia worth talking about (and eating) again. Here, the people, flavors and trends redefining our bakery roots, plus the 25 best bakeries that started it. 

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First published as “Philly Gets Baked” in Philadelphia magazine’s October 2017 issue.

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