Best of Philly

Best Bakery

2017 Best 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 Website

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 […] Read more »

2016 Best Pie Shop


1838 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk, Philadelphia, PA Website

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, […] Read more »

2015 Best Bakery

Artisan Boulanger Patissier

1218 Mifflin Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2013 Best Contemporary Bakery

Belle Cakery

1437 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2009 Best Bakery

Tartes Fine Cakes and Pastries

212 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »