From cookies and cupcakes to brownies and croissants, you’ll find some of the sweetest bites around in these 12 small-batch bakeries in Northwest Philadelphia.
These small, family-owned spots have earned cult-like followings from neighbors and far-flung fans alike, thanks to their decadent desserts and fresh-baked treats. Did we miss your favorite? Share in our comments!
Baker Street Bread Company
At this award-winning bread bakery and café, you’ll find breads that have been baked using time-honored baking traditions, and ovens that were designed to replicate the brick and stone ovens centuries ago. While you can find awesome sandwiches, salads and toasts at the café, you can also take home a loaf of their fresh-baked breads, including their famous Marble Rye.
What to get: Marble Rye
Baker Street Bread Company (8009 Germantown Avenue)
Family-owned Barry’s Buns is a bakery that’s known for their sticky buns – and for good reason! Made with sweet yeasted dough, rolled with brown sugar and cinnamon, and topped with their signature sweet glaze, Barry’s sticky buns come in seven awesome flavors: Walnut-Raisin, plain, Cream Cheese icing, Walnut, Apple Crumb, Raisin, and a rotating seasonal selection. Barry’s Buns also has a full menu of other sweet treats, including sticky bun bread pudding, tea cookies, brownies, German butter cake, and more.
What to get: Sticky Buns
Barry’s Buns (8221 Germantown Avenue)
Bredenbeck’s Bakery has been serving Philadelphia since 1889… yep, that’s more than 120 years of fresh-baked goodness! The neighborhood stalwart (they moved from their original Northern Liberties neighborhood in 1983) churns out muffins, doughnuts, cupcakes, tortes, tartlets, butter cookies, pies, and more every day. And, they serve ice cream at the shop, too!
What to get: Vanilla Sprinkle Cupcakes
Bredenbeck’s Bakery (8126 Germantown Avenue)
This small, family-owned Italian bakery is full of old-school charm. Stop in for everything from fresh rolls and carrot cake, to cream puffs and apple turnovers. But what you absolutely can’t miss are their homemade cannoli, stuffed with a fresh ricotta cream filling.
What to get: Cannoli
Café Roma (6147 Ridge Avenue)
High Point Cafe
You’ll find delicious pastries at Mt. Airy’s High Point Cafe, known for their distinct and unique creations, like Green Tea Jasmine Honeysuckle Cake. They also have classic Whoopie Pies, croissants, cookies, brownies and more.
What to get: Chocolate croissant
High Point Cafe (various locations)
Famous 4th Street Cookies
Famous 4th Street Cookies moved to East Falls in 2016, bringing their delicious family-recipe fresh-baked cookies to the neighborhood. Try their best-selling traditional chocolate chip cookies, or go for another fun favorite, like White Chocolate Cranberry, Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Raisin Walnut, Chocolate Pecan, Snickerdoodle, Mint Chocolate Chip, and more.
What to get: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Famous 4th Street Cookies (4175 Ridge Avenue)
The Frosted Fox Cake Shop
Germantown / Mt. Airy
You’ll find custom cakes and cookies for every occasion at the Frosted Fox Cake Shop on Germantown Avenue, along with all sorts of sweet treats baked from scratch every day. This quaint bakery serves a rotating selection of ready-to-eat cakes, pies and cookies and bars at the shop, including lemon bars, chocolate chip brownies, rice crispy squares, lemon cakes, all extra delicious paired with a Craft Tea herbal tea featuring spices from around the globe and blended right in Mt. Airy.
What to get: Buttery Shortbread Cookies
The Frosted Fox Cake Shop (6511 Germantown Avenue)
West Oak Lane
Gilben’s Bakery is a family-owned bakery, serving up everything from sweet potato pie to Blueberry Crunch cake. You can also get breakfast and lunch sandwiches, including their hearty chicken and waffles and Southern-style po’ boys. Gilben’s is also known for their amazing cheesecakes, with different flavors that change regularly, like Strawberry Crunch.
What to get: Specialty cheesecake
Gilben’s Bakery (7405 Stenton Avenue)
Not only is family-friendly Le Bus in East Falls a restaurant serving American homestyle food, but it also has a fantastic bakery component, too. Stop in to pick up muffins, buns, bread, and some of the best chocolate chip cookies that you’ll ever have.
What to get: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Le Bus (4201 Ridge Avenue)
Marchiano’s Bakery is a classic, beloved, family-run bakery in Manayunk that serves savory tomato pie and Italian breads stuffed with all kinds of meats and cheeses, including breakfast breads (hello, Pork Roll, egg & cheese!), and breads filled with layers of pepperoni, crumbled Italian sausage, and their own homemade marinara.
What to get: Classic Tomato Pie
Marchiano’s Bakery (4653 Umbria Street)
Mi Puebla Restaurant & Bakery
Mi Puebla Restaurant & Bakery is a wonderful Mexican café, serving traditional savory dishes, along with cakes, pies, cookies, and more sweet treats. Look for Flan, Lemon Squares, Gingerbread, and Key Lime Pie, and fans rave about their homemade Tres Leches.
What to get: Tres Leches
Mi Puebla Restaurant & Bakery (7157 Germantown Avenue)
The Night Kitchen Bakery
The Night Kitchen Bakery has been a Philadelphia favorite for more than 30 years, serving specialty cakes and sweets out of their Chestnut Hill bakeshop. They have puddings (chocolate pudding is a favorite!), pies, tarts, cakes, cheesecakes, and their signatures double fudge brownies, which have made their mark on the Rachael Ray Show.
What to get: Double Fudge Brownies
The Night Kitchen Bakery (7723-25 Germantown Avenue)