Whether you’re playing host or guest, great baked goods are essential during the holiday season. You can make sure you’re offering something memorable when you buy from one of these exceptional Philadelphia bakeries.
While many local Jewish bakeries can produce a good challah, Essen Bakery on Passyunk Avenue offers a full spread of traditional and newfangled Semitic baked goods. Baker Tova du Plessis turns out rugelach, babka, apple cake and assorted sweets trays. The store also sells lots of great gourmet food gifts.
1437 E. Passyunk Ave.
When your crowd demands cannolis and nothing less, head for Isgro’s Philly’s classic Italian bakery. Tins of torrone, biscotti, and cookies such as the specialty pignoli made with pine nuts also make great gifts.
1109 Christian Street
Flying Monkey Bakery
If you’ve never had a Pumpple Cake (chocolate cake with pumpkin pie baked inside, layered over vanilla cake with apple pie baked inside) the holidays are the season to enjoy this uniquely Philly, uniquely decadent treat from the Reading Terminal Market. We recommend calling ahead just in case, but they’re regularly on offer from October through February.
1146 Arch Street (inside Reading Terminal Market)
The Little Bird Bakery and Café
Jessica Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz devotes her baking talents to this storefront where holiday treats await. On this year’s menu: spiced linzer tart, praline cheesecake, cranberry cream roulade, stollen and all manner of German-inspired cookies.
517 S. 5th Street
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