Bakeries in Philadelphia: The Ultimate Guide
Our carb-loaded list of all the best places to get artisan breads, beautiful cakes, flaky pastries, and every other baked good your heart desires.
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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, too: Young talents who are obsessed with technique, ingredients and experimentation, who are breaking rules and making babka and focaccia worth talking about again.
So whether you’re looking for some old-school loaves or cutting-edge cakes, here’s where to get your carbs — no matter where you are in Philly.
Bakeries You Must Try First
Philly Bread, Olney
The Philly Muffin is what started it all — a kind of bagel/English muffin/sandwich roll hybrid — but this place also does Pullman loaves and baguettes that people travel to get their hands on, and plenty of other breads made from farmer-sourced grains and hand-milled flour. Get their goods at the Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and at just about every specialty grocer and food co-op in the city.
Termini Bros., Reading Terminal Market, South Philly, Bella Vista, and Center City
With a several locations around the city, you can get your cannoli fix anywhere these days. But you can’t call yourself a true Philadelphian without a visit to the East Passyunk flagship, for the original cash registers, the dizzying array of confections and, often, live music.
Ursa Bakery, Multiple locations
Vetri’s head baker split to start her own bakery. Fresh-milled flour, mostly from Pennsylvania wheat, and loaves sold at farmers markets in Ambler, Fairmount and Glenside. She does primarily sourdough (she used to live in Seattle, go figure), but also slings some other loaves from time to time and her bread is well worth seeking out–as anyone who has ever tried it will tell you.
Corropolese Bakery & Deli, Multiple Locations
On first blush, it’s hard to know what Corropolese is, exactly — a deli? A bread maker? A pastry shop? Don’t overthink it; just walk around and grab a little bit of everything: a hoagie on a just-baked roll, tomato pie that’s prized for its tangy sauce and crisp edge, maybe an apple fritter to top things off.
K’Far Cafe, Center City
Camille Cogswell won a James Beard Award while baking at Zahav. Now she’s running the show at this all-day cafe from CookNSolo, doing amazing things with kubaneh toasts, rugelach, stretched-out Jerusalem-style bagels and chocolate babka at dessert.
The Night Kitchen Bakery & Cafe, Chestnut Hill
Night Kitchen’s birthday cakes are worth sitting in traffic on the Conshohocken Curve — full of homemade soulfulness, yet most definitely something you couldn’t pull off in your own kitchen. When you visit, spare time to linger; the coffee, sandwiches, and counter sweets will call to you.
Lost Bread Co., Kensington
Lost Bread started off with Beard-nominated baker Alex Bois doing rolls and sandwich breads for wholesale through Avram Hornik’s restaurants, bars, and pop-ups. But when they opened their retail location, they added a whole spread of retail products for the home cook and entertainer: beautiful loaves of rustic bread, the addictive pretzel shortbread cookie, pastas, granola and more, and everything is made from their own hand-ground flours (which they also sell at the shop along with free sourdough starter).
Flow State CoffeeBar, Kensington
Flow State keeps the menu short and sweet, focusing only on the things that it can do really well–like sable and zaletti cookies, sweet rolls, a killer grilled cheese and seasonal pastries alongside coffee, gelato and Instagram-famous ice cream sandwiches.
Aux Petits Delices, Wayne
There are Yule logs at Christmas, chocolate bunnies at Easter, and, well, deliciousness every other day of the year at this decades-old Wayne pâtisserie. The French bakers here were doing macarons before they were cool.
Metropolitan Bakery, Rittenhouse, University City, and Reading Terminal Market
It ushered in an era for Philadelphia — before it opened in 1993, gourmet bread in the city was rather elusive. All these years later, owners James Barrett and Wendy Smith Born manage to keep the Metro magic alive, in part because their bakeries double as neighborhood hangouts.
It was founded in 1904, still uses original recipes, continues to be run by family, and has lines that grow longer every year. All of that puts Isgro beyond one of Philly’s best bakeries; it’s Philly food royalty, up there with the Di Brunos, Pat Olivieri and Georges Perrier. 1009 Christian Street
Best Bakeries in Center City, Queen Village, and Bella Vista
Swiss Haus Bakery
Originally founded in the 1920s as Swiss Pastry Shop, this bakery has changed hands a few times but remains true to its mission. Beyond special orders, we love the convenience: They’ve got nine signature cakes on hand daily for immediate purchase. 35 South 19th Street
Miel is all about indulgence. Their French pastries are the kind of thing you dream about (if you’re the sort of person who dreams of pastries). There are bars and cookies, macarons and opera cakes, fruit tarts, and more. The shops — one in Rittenhouse and another in Cherry Hill — also offer short, sweet menus of sandwiches, soups and coffee. 204 South 17th Street
J’aime French Bakery
Bastien Ornano didn’t just bring his French pastry skills to Philly; he brought his je ne sais quoi, making this new spot — with its all-white everything — the neighborhood’s freshest hang. 212 South 12th Street
Homemade Goodies by Roz
For more than two decades, this small kosher, non-dairy bakery has turned out everything from cupcakes and cookies to holiday breads, cakes, and an array of vegan items. 510 South 5th Street
Bakeshop on 20th
With a vast selection of cookies, brownies, scones, sticky buns, croissants and more, Bakeshop is bidding hard to recreate the comfort foods of your childhood. For those looking for something a bit more substantial, there are also soups and sandwiches on offer from the all-day cafe menu. 269 South 20th Street
Soft, chewy gluten-free loaves, rolls, focaccia, baguettes, and bagels that don’t taste anything like a brick — yes, it’s a GF-eater’s dream come true. 1024 South 9th Street
If you’ve only had their egg sandwich, you haven’t really experienced what pastry chef and co-owner Pat O’Malley can do. In the mornings, the bar is set with an inimitable daily lineup of his goods, like peach financiers, buttermilk biscuits, and ham-and-cheese croissants.
Flying Monkey Bakery
Whoopie pies are what first put Reading Terminal Market’s Flying Monkey on the map. But their menu of sweets, cakes, and pies here is massive, with just about any kind of pastry you can imagine — from bourbon-apple bundt cakes to banana bread, cupcakes, and hand pies.
The original location in Cherry Hill has been open for 30 years. Their head baker is Robert Bennett, who ran the pastry program at Le Bec Fin for 14 years. And now, they have a brand-new location in downtown Philly with a 40-seat all-day cafe attached. 1617 JFK Boulevard
Best Bakeries in Fishtown, Kensington, Port Richmond, and Northern Liberties
Undoubtedly, if you know about Stock’s, it’s for the pound cake that people go bonkers over a few times every year. But this small, unadorned bakery also does some solid pastries, cookies, pies, and cakes for the neighbors (and anyone else who drops by for pound cake). 2614 East Lehigh Avenue
Cake Life Bake Shop
It’s bright, colorful and friendly, which is why Fishtowners camp out here for hours. And then there’s the monkey bread, the brownies, that Double Dank cake. Okay, scratch that; that’s actually why people stay. 1306 Frankford Avenue
Kaplan’s New Model Bakery
It’s been serving kosher baked goods to Philly for over 100 years, which is impressive all on its own. But the rye bread here has been a multigenerational favorite, gracing tables across the city for decades. 901 North 3rd Street
Whipped Bake Shop
Sure, the place does cupcakes. But baker Zoe Lukas and her team also craft some absolutely remarkable cakes for weddings, birthdays, Tuesdays, and whatever other kinds of days you like. 636 Belgrade Street
Philly Style Bagels
The place does bagels, bagels with spreads, and bagel sandwiches — nothing else. But the bagels are groundbreaking, infused with Yards beer during the boil, and so good that they’re already their own unique and recognized style. 1451 East Columbia Avenue
The Kettle Black
A small-batch, artisan bakery and coffee shop that specializes in just a few loaves, bagels, and some really good coffee (and hot chocolate). Look for their jet-black bagels and loaves, spiked with activated charcoal for a little drama and digestive support. 631 North 2nd Street
Since its inception, La Colombe has been an arbiter of Philly cafe culture, always looking toward the Parisian ideal (no wi-fi; simple menu). And when its Fishtown flagship opened, it hired a head baker (John McGrath), so your jambon-beurre — simply herbed ham and butter — would come on a just-made baguette. Thankfully, they’re shipped out to local locations and available to go. 1335 Frankford Avenue
Best Bakeries in Pennsport and Old City
ICI Macarons & Cafe
Macarons with your morning coffee? Oui. And at ICI, France’s most delicate export is as it should be: dainty, tasty, and easy on the eyes. 230 Arch Street
Creme Brulee Bistro & Cafe
Opera cakes adorned with gold leaf? In Pennsport? You betcha. Armando Tapia’s cafe does the tartlet better than some of Rittenhouse’s poshest bakeries. Plus: colorful meringues, textbook éclairs, and plenty of seating to take in the aromas. 1800 South 4th Street
High Street on Market
If Paul Cézanne were still around, he’d surely paint High Street’s focaccia — polka-dotted with roasted cherry tomatoes, sometimes patterned with purple basil. It’s just one example of the grain artistry that the bakers create here. 308 Market Street
Best Bakeries in South Philly and West Philly
It’s rare that a shop is good at cake and yeast doughnuts, but Frangelli’s churns both out daily, just as the original owners did in the 1940s. But don’t stop there: the cannoli cake, cookies, and sticky buns get less attention but are just as delectable. 847 West Ritner Street
The Cacia family — you’ll find a member on-site at the South Philly location 363 days a year — swears it’s the brick ovens that make their food taste so good. Maybe so; the tomato pie and stuffed breads that come from them (even the sauce-less pizzazz pizza) are first-rate. But that doesn’t explain why the dinner rolls and pastries are just as tasty. Get their goods at the South Philly flagship or at one of several suburban locations in Delco or South Jersey. 1526 West Ritner Street
Artisan Boulanger Patissier
The people huddled on the street munching almond sticks and croissants at 7 a.m. on weekend mornings should be an indication of how good this place is — you can’t even make it back home before digging in. If that doesn’t convince you, their three James Beard Award nominations should. 1218 Miflin Street
In the sphere of South Philly bakeries, Potito’s (which opened in the 1980s) is a relative newcomer. But it doesn’t play second fiddle: its traditional confections are revered by throngs who drive into town just for a visit. 1614 West Ritner Street
Mighty Bread Company
Their sourdough is amazing: impossibly large air pockets in the middle; a nice shatter on the crust. But when asiago, romano, and parmesan cheeses get folded into the dough, the result is dizzyingly good, and it’s what you should use grilled cheese sandwiches on from now to eternity. 1211 Gerritt Street
Varallo Bros. Bakery
An authentic Italian bakery to its bones, South Philly neighbors have been coming here for decades for traditional cookies, pastries, cakes, and everything else under the sun. 1639 South 10th Street
Despite being just a few 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
Perfect New York-y bagels, Aleppo pepper speckled croissants, Turkish pide and some truly beautiful desserts in a delightful little cafe space on East Passyunk Avenue. 1611 East Passyunk Avenue
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. 1838 East Passyunk Avenue
Four Worlds Bakery
Baker Michael Dolich started his bakery in his home kitchen before moving to this storefront location near the Grays Ferry Bridge, where he specializes in sourdough loaves and bagels, dense challah, flaky croissants, and more. 4634 Woodland Avenue
Best Bakeries in Northwest Philly, North Philly and the Northeast
When her bakery caught fire a few years ago, Denise Gause was about to call it quits. But the community insisted she reopen her doors, and in 2016 the customers came flooding back. Her pound cakes are legendary, whether ordered plain or dressed up for a birthday party. 2916 North 22nd Street
Georgian Bread and Cuisine
Sure, it’s a restaurant along one side (offering fantastic Georgian cuisine, khachapuri, and pelmeni the size of your fist), but it is also a full-service bakery, turning out fantastic breads and European pastries from their stone ovens — which you can watch in operation right from the front window. 10865 Bustleton Avenue
Around since 1930 and still family-owned, Haegele’s is a Northeast institution (despite being pint-sized) and one of the few places left where you can get German sweets like kirschenstrudel and hefekranz, as well as a ton of seasonal options. 4164 Barnett Street
Kosher bakeries are rare these days; good kosher bakeries are even more so. That’s one of the reasons Lipkin’s — which was sold to a longtime customer in 2016 — has thrived for more than 40 years. 8013 Castor Avenue
Frosted Fox Cake Shop
Unicorn cupcakes, custom cookies, chocolate chip brownie bars and–no lie–to-go cups filled with leftover pieces of cakes, fillings and icing, all mixed up. They’re called “Scrapple Cups” and they cost $4. 6511 Germantown Avenue, Mt. Airy
This one-man, one-bread operation bakes an amazing, fresh sourdough loaf that’s only available for delivery or at Germantown’s Kitchen Garden Farmstand — it’s just that good — and Michael currently in the process of building a bigger bake oven to expand availability. Check them out if you’re looking for something new, personal and delicious. Home delivery in Northwest Philly
Wild Flour Bakery
Wild Flour is a small, family operation that has been supplying some of the best restaurants in the city for more than a decade. From their wholesale bakery in Holmesburg, they do breads and pastries and now also sell at the weekend Headhouse, Rittenhouse, Collingswood, and Bryn Mawr farmers’ markets, among others. Multiple locations
Baker Street Bread
You’ve no doubt had Baker Street’s bread; the company has been supplying some of the city’s top eateries since 1992. It’s still worth a visit to the Chestnut Hill storefront, though, where a giant wall is filled with shelf after shelf of goods straight from the oven. It’s a sight (and smell) you’ll never forget. 8009 Germantown Road
This sweets shop (it also serves ice cream) is a Chestnut Hill stalwart, in part because it does it all — from the glazed rum ring with your morning coffee to baby’s first birthday cake to mini key lime pies that can (and should) be ordered by the dozen. 8126 Germantown Avenue
Best Bakeries in the Philly Suburbs
Delice et Chocolat
French-born brothers Joseph and Antoine Amrani worked at Le Bec-Fin when Perrier had the tallest toque in town. Now they’ve resurfaced, with a sleek cafe complete with artisan chocolates and delicate macarons. 9 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore
Sweet Freedom Bakery
When Sweet Freedom opened on South Street in 2010, Philadelphians were skeptical: Were we really gonna buy bread, cupcakes, muffins, and doughnuts from a bakery that was gluten-free and vegan and allergy-free? Yes — and you can get them in Bryn Mawr, too. 1039 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr
Valentina Fortuna and Maura Rosato’s cheery scratch- everything kitchen is a destination for old-fashioned pies, buttery biscuits, and scones studded with farm-fresh fruit — or, for the kiddos, rainbow sprinkles. 685 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Clay’s Creative Corner Bakery
If you grew up on the Main Line, there’s a strong chance that every single one of your birthday cakes came from Clay’s — which is no doubt why people have such strong connections to this Berwyn bakery. 700 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn
Clara’s Custom Cakes
For those moments when you absolutely, positively need a birthday cake that looks like two meerkats. Or a zombie, Boba Fett’s helmet or a birch log wedding cake with two peoples’ initials carved into it — which doesn’t sound impressive, but has got to be one of the coolest cakes I’ve ever seen. Just sayin’. 130 West Main Street, Collegeville
Pie Lady Cafe
The muffins and doughnuts are good, but really, take a clue from the name and get a slice (or two?) of whichever pie special is on the board, be it fruit or custard-filled, latticed or crumble-topped. 9 East Main Street, Moorestown
I get it. The place is famous for its sticky buns. But I am all-in on Barry’s cinnamon rolls. Get twice as many as you think you’re going to eat. You can thank me later. Multiple locations
Is cremepuffery a word? Who cares — this South Jersey bakery has been putting out puffs since the ’80s, when owner Charlene Napoleon converted an old ice-cream truck to a mobile bakery (so ahead of her time!) for traveling to festivals. 947 East Gibbsboro Road, Lindenwold
Le Petit Mitron
Some would consider this bakery the heart of Narberth — it’s where neighbors meet for coffee and kids pick up after-school snacks. Narbs are lucky it’s so authentic: it was started by a sweet French couple, and the goods are baked fresh daily. 207 Haverford Avenue, Narberth
Sol Levante Bakery
Tables at this Korean-meets-French bakery are lined with fresh, Instagram-worthy breads and sweets, which makes walking around the shop an exercise in self-restraint. Can’t stay away? No worries. They’re open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. most days. 1923 West Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham
The Daily Loaf
Anna Shiffler bakes her bread inside an idyllic 18th-century Berks County springhouse. Her sourdough starter is born from wild yeast; she uses only organic flour and can proof her dough up to 36 hours. And right before her loaves hit the oven, she carves lovely patterns into the mounds, making them look as good as they taste. Get her breads through the Red Earth Farm CSA or at various locations around Berks like Oley Valley Organics, Wanamaker’s General Store in Kempton, and Hive Cafe in Kutztown.