12 Fantastic Small Bakeries You Must Visit in NW Philly – And What To Order At Each One

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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

Chestnut Hill

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)

Barry’s Buns

Chestnut Hill

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

Chestnut Hill

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)

Café Roma

Roxborough

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

Mt. Airy

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

East Falls

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)

Gilben’s Bakery

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)

Le Bus

East Falls

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

Manayunk

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

Mt. Airy

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

Chestnut Hill

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)