The Sweet Life Bakeshop
740 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Fans love the freshly made banana bread here, and The Sweet Life’s bakers also turn it into a banana bread pudding. One of the Sweet Life’s specialties is their frosting, and they are sure to put this on their banana bread as well. This bakeshop uses top quality ingredients, including real bits of fruits in their frostings. You can also order custom baked goods and cakes.
447 Poplar St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Perhaps you want a full meal first and then some delicious banana bread for dessert. Bardot Café whips up a decadent deconstructed cocoa banana bread and dense banana cake that is paired with ice cream and fudge. Bardot has unusual and unique foods that are beloved among foodies, such as octopus and liver mousse, and in the evening it has a dark romantic ambiance. If that isn’t your thing, try brunch here and enjoy a variety of crepes, omelets or pork belly biscuits.
Sweet Freedom Bakery
1424 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Sweet Freedom is Philly’s only exclusive gluten free, vegan and allergen free specialty bake shop. If it’s banana bread you are craving, you can find banana chocolate bread here that promises to be just as delicious and moist. Sweet Freedom uses only natural unrefined sugars, agave nectar, gluten and corn free flours and are all vegan (so no eggs or dairy). They also offer some spectacular fancy filled cupcakes; some flavor examples are root beer float, pumpkin pie and salted caramel.
Cake And The Beanstalk
112 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Opened in 2011, Cake and the Beanstalk is a whimsical place that serves coffee, tea and dessert. The banana bread is moist and delicious, and they also serve a pumpkin bread seasonally. If you stop in for lunch, you can also get soup and paninis. This café is very kid friendly; they have a hand painted children’s table, Legos, drawing supplies and offer story time on the last Sunday of the month from 9:45-10:30 A.M. where cookies are served.
1706 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
PS&Co are mostly known for their organic and cold pressed juices. They are 100% organic, gluten free, kosher, no additives or preservatives, so you can pronounce all of the ingredients. Patrons love the chocolate banana bread, but don’t be surprised to find a slice for about $6. Their products are on the more expensive side, but you do get what you pay for, and the quality here is tremendous. Here you can also take cooking classes and learn more about holistic nutrition. Besides desserts and juices, you can also get sandwiches, soups and quiche.
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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.