Philly's Sweet Treats
Collected by Sue Manuel, AFAR Local Expert
Discover the sweet side of the City of Brotherly Love—ice cream, cupcakes, whoopie pies, chocolate, macarons, donuts, and flaky delights to accompany your coffee.
51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Never has a yummy treat been mired in such controversy as the Whoopie Pie. First, how did this burger-shaped cake with the sugary cream filling get its name? Does the name come from the exclamation that schoolchildren shouted upon opening their...
117 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
1219 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Federal Donuts, which sells wacky-flavored handmade doughnuts, coffee, and Korean-style twice-fried chicken, is just one example of how chefs in the City of Brotherly Love are pursuing their culinary obsessions. The original Center City shop has...
4239 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
While there are great choices for ice cream in Philadelphia—Franklin Fountains, Bassetts, Little Baby Ice Cream—there are also local startups that are creating artisanal and fresh ice cream. Meet the Weckerly's Ice Cream! They recently started to...
2311 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA
Little Baby's sells super-premium ice cream that's handmade in small batches; the flavors are unique and they always offer vegan/non-dairy options. These are not your grandmother's ice cream flavors! Yes, the list of flavors does include Pizza. I...
110 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
A candy store has occupied this building continuously since 1863. The current proprietors, the Berley brothers—who also own the Franklin Fountain ice cream parlor a few doors away on Market Street—are master confectioners. Even for...
S 38th St & Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
For any Philly visitors who find themselves in the University City neighborhood, consider a stop at the Sugar Philly Truck for some freshly made sweet treats. The truck is located on 38th Street between Sansom and Walnut Streets, and is open...
45 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Bassetts is America’s oldest ice cream company … so they must be doing something right! This is a story about longevity … and ice cream. In 1892, Lewis D. Bassett moved his ice cream operation to the newly built Reading Terminal Market in Center...
204 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Voted Philly’s best French bakery, Miel is a charming and comfortable café that serves great coffee, inexpensive lunch options (hot and cold sandwiches, and soup), and of course, the best pastries. Get here early or the croissants will be gone!...
212 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Anyone visiting Philly’s Old City neighborhood will know when they’re near Tartes. The air will be filled with the intoxicating aroma of freshly baked goodies. A small bake shop with an open walk up window right on Arch Street, Tartes offers a...
1009 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Nearly everyone in Philly has enjoyed a treat from Isgro’s at one time or another. This family-owned bakery on Christian Street near the Italian Market has a longstanding and glowing reputation. “The best cannoli.” “The best cookies.” It would be...
1622 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA
Tis always the season for pie, someone once said. Philly visitors seeking a meal or just a fabulous dessert will find what they need at this cozy cafe just blocks from Rittenhouse Square. Whether it's a slice of the crazy good butterscotch bourbon...
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