Fishtown Is Getting Another All-Day Cafe


Cake Life Bakeshop

Fishtown is already one of the hottest restaurant neighborhoods in Philly, and now things are getting sweeter with the impending opening of Nima Etemadi and Lily Fischer’s Cake Life Bake Shop.

Sure, Cake Life has been up and running in the Globe Dye Works building for the past few years–doing wedding cakes and catering out of their Port Richmond bakery. But for a long time now, they’ve wanted an actual, open-to-the-public brick-and-mortar location. And on Saturday, November 5, they’re going to get one.

That’s the day that Etemadi and Fischer’s new Cake Life all-day cafe is scheduled to open on Frankford Avenue. And beyond the normal excitement we have for any new restaurant opening, there are a couple of cool things about this one. First, they’re jumping right into the middle of the action, opening just steps away from Fishtown heavy-hitters Bottle Bar East and Kensington Quarters.

Second, they’re bringing the entire operation to Fishtown. Which means they’ll still be doing wedding cakes and all kinds of specialty pastries, but adding on breakfast, lunch and dinner services featuring sweet and savory pastries, cakes by the slice, cakes to-go, pies, muffins, tarts, cupcakes and whatever else they feel like throwing together. They’ll have seating for about 25 on the floor, with marble counters and bakery cases full of sweets, chalkboard menus, fresh juices and teas, and Rival Bros. Coffee from an imported Italian espresso machine. Also, the whole place is being run as a BYOB operation, which means you can just hang out eating apple-bourbon cake with spiced apple compote, salted caramel and vanilla buttercream and washing it down with champagne, or knocking back some tarts and sausage rolls with a couple friends and a six-pack.

Sounds like our kind of bakery.

Cake Life will be open weekdays from 7am-7pm, Fridays and Saturdays until 11pm, and on Sundays from 8am-4pm. On Mondays, you’ll have to get your fix elsewhere.

Cake Life [Foobooz]