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Top Bakeries In Philadelphia

February 22, 2011 12:01 AM

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Sarcone's bakery cooks up fresh bread. (credit:

Sarcone’s bakery cooks up fresh bread. (credit:

‘Bakery’ is a pretty broad term, and in the culinary wilds of Philadelphia, it can refer to establishments with French, Italian, Eastern European or Swiss roots. Whether you want bagels or baguettes, cannolis or croissants, these spots are sure to please. -Jaime L. Davis

See our updated version of Philly’s best bakeries.

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Delicious pastries from Artisan Boulanger Patissier. (credit: Jaime L. Davis)

Artisan Boulanger Patissier

1646 S. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 271-4688

This small family bakery serves some of the most amazing croissants this side of the Atlantic. It’s reasonably priced, with a great selection of pastries, breads, cookies and a solid cup of coffee, too. On the weekends items sell out quickly, so get there early.

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Beiler's Bakery website. (credit:

Beiler’s Bakery

Reading Terminal Market
12th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 351-0735

A Reading Terminal Market institution, Beiler’s brings a bit of Dutch country to Philadelphia. Offering everything from bagels to doughnuts to shoo fly, whoopee, and fruit pies, Beiler’s uses only fresh, all-natural ingredients. Just the way it should be.

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Four Worlds Bakery. (credit: Jaime L. Davis)

Four Worlds Bakery

4634 Woodland Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 967-1458

Lawyer-turned-baker Michael Dolich started Four Worlds out of a cooperative home in West Philadelphia in 2006. Now, the bakery has moved to its own location on Woodland Avenue. Bagels and bread are key players here, naturally fermented and made with freshly milled grains. In addition to a stellar almond croissant, Four Worlds offers delicious chocolate babka, baguette and challah.

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Cannoli from Isgro Pasticceria. (credit:

Isgro Pasticceria

1009 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 923-3092

The smell wafting out of Isgro’s Italian Market location is both intoxicating and irresistible. Once inside, it can be hard to choose from the variety of treats displayed to full advantage, but here’s a tip: ricotta cookies. Get some! The cannolis aren’t bad, either.

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Bread from Metropolitan Bakery. (credit:

Metropolitan Bakery

Multiple locations
Philadelphia, PA
(877) 412-7323

For 16 years, Metropolitan Bakery has been the local go-to for freshly baked, seasonal and handmade breads and pastries. Cake, granola, cookies, baguette, even some locally sourced cheeses and coffees – Metropolitan has it all. With three retail locations as well as a spot in the Reading Terminal Market, you’ll never have to go without.

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Goodies from Miele Patisserie. (credit:

Miel Patisserie

204 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-7310

1990 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
(856) 424-MIEL

Artistry and expert technique join forces at Miel Patisserie, featuring some of the most stunningly edible creations. So beautiful, you almost won’t want to eat them. So delicious, you won’t be able to resist. In addition to small pastries, desserts and chocolates, Miel serves full cakes in different sizes and flavors for any occasion. C’est delicieux!

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Sarcone's bakery cooks up fresh bread. (credit:

Sarcone’s Bakery

758 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-0445

A South Philadelphia landmark, Sarcone’s bakes some of the best Italian bread and hoagie rolls this city has ever tasted; crusty (and sometimes seeded) on the outside, chewy and doughy inside. Stop by for a variety of rolls, garlic bread, pizza dough, or some pizza bread. Mmmmm, pizza bread. Don’t dilly dally getting here – bread sells out often in the morning.

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Swiss Haus Bakery's goods. (credit:

Swiss Haus Bakery

35 S. 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-0759

Attention dessert lovers – try this one on for size: devil’s food cupcake with Swiss vanilla butter cream with Oreo pieces on top, drizzled with white chocolate. What a delicious mouthful! Swiss Haus also offers quality custom cakes, cookies and pastries and is conveniently located just off Rittenhouse Square.

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Termini Bros Pasticceria

Multiple Locations
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 334-1816

“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” When Mario Puzo penned his famous line from The Godfather, he must have been thinking about Termini Bros. Renown for their Italian specialties like pignoli, torrone and sfogliatelle, you’ll even find truffles, bagels, and coconut macaroons coming out of their kitchen. A Philadelphia gem you just can’t pass up.

Jaime L. Davis is a freelance writer who loves food and film with equal passion. She runs a small food blog, Cream & Sugar Kitchen and is a contributing writer for Ghouls on Film.
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  • Lisa S.

    I have always considered Isgro cannoli the best ever. Side by side with Terminis, Isgro would win every time. They do not prefill their cannoli. They are filled to order so that the shell is always crispy never soggy. Their rum cake is also the best with ricotta cheese icing not sugary white boring icing like Terminis. Their zuppa inglese is to die for and you get a pretty glass bowl to serve it in that you can take back to them for them to fill it again. Love you to death Isgro. I evern wear one of your t-shirts and exclaim your praises everywhere I go.

  • Jason

    Yo!!! What about Del Bunos In Mt Ephriam???

  • Rich

    Potitos Bakery in South Philly is one of the best !!!

  • Carolyn

    Isgro’s…has the best

  • Len

    Lipkin’s bakery on Castor Ave in Northeast Philly has the most amazing cheese pockets, knishes and rye breads I have ever had. I make a trip there from Broomall about once a month to stock up.

  • Rob

    Dunkin’ Donuts on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough.

  • Scot Dence

    Depalma’s in Holmesburg. Decatur street just off of Frankford.

  • Linda D Bryant

    What happened to DENISE’S BAKERY ON N. 22ND STREET?–your list only
    represented Bakeries in Center CIty and South Philly!

  • Terry

    Unreal how none of the true “neighborhood” bakeries are not on the list. Stock’s on Lehigh Ave, Geiger’s on Frankford Ave, Frangelli’s in South Philadelphia.

    • ceil

      Yes… Stocks has the BEST Pound Cake! I’ve never been there but have had plenty of pound cakes brought down as gifts from family & friends that shop there! Oh.. how I could go for one right now!!

  • Bill

    Sarcone’s Bakery

    The best bakery ever, the bread is great and I go there every Saturday. I cannot get home without ripping off the butt of one bread and just “Munch Away” LOL.

  • brendan


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