Best of Philly

Best Bakery

2021 Best Bakery


Pizza and wine is Eeva’s main game, sure, but every weekend, the kitchen crew bakes crispy-skinned bagels completely coated in everything spice, country loaves so airy they could double as kick drums, glistening­ focaccia,­ French baguettes and cookies. Read More »

310 Master Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2021 Best Mission-Driven Bake Shop

Darnel’s Cakes

Discs of cheese danish and icing-smothered brioche cinnamon rolls taste that much better when you know Kyle Cuffie-Scott’s business supports AIDS and HIV relief orgs. And they tasted pretty damn good to begin with. Read More »

444 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2019 Best New Jewish Bakery

Lipkin’s Bakery

The Lipkin family’s first bakery was in South Philly, but they left for the Northeast almost 50 years ago. Well, they’re baaaacck. And their knishes, bagels, and poppy seed hamantaschen are better than ever. Read More »

2153 South Hancock Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-462-1637 | Website

2019 Best Neighborhood Hang

Jezabel’s Argentine Cafe & Bakery

When Jezabel Careaga moved her Fitler Square Argentine cafe west, she combined it with a teahouse and retail shop, and it immediately became a hit — a place to eat, work, study, host events, and run into the neighbors. Read More »

206 South 45th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-519-2494 | Website

2018 Best Bakery

The Kettle Black

The Kettle Black’s French-focused offerings may be simple, but they’re simply perfect: thick-crusted loaves in flavors like malt-and-oats or raisin-walnut, crumbly scones, bagels colored a deep black with activated charcoal (good for both you and your Instagram account). They’ve also mastered the art of dairy-free viennoiserie, so vegans can dig in, too. Read More »

631 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA Website

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. Read More »

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

2017 Best New Bakery

Cake Life Bake Shop

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 (lemon-thyme with honey goat cheese frosting, maybe) any other time of day. Read More »

1306 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-278-2580 | Website

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. Read More »

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

2015 Best Bakery

Artisan Boulanger Patissier

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 more savory ones but then, that would leave less room for the raspberry, and the chocolate, and the chocolate mocha, and the chocolate pistachio. Read More »

1218 Mifflin Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-271-4688

2013 Best Contemporary Bakery

Belle Cakery

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 olive bread, get it. Its pricey, but outrageously delicious. Read More »

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