Is wandering around town stumbling upon sweets a hobby? Because I’m sure I do this enough to call it a hobby. Here’s a round-up of our favorite Philly shops of all things sweet. Let’s start with…
This adorable corner bakeshop has some of the cheeriest, sprinkle-ridden baked goods you can find in the city. Plus, it’s impossible to be in a bad mood when you’re given a bubblegum-pink bag to carry home. You can get your fix of pretty little cupcakes, or you can get fun sweets like cookie dough brownies (!) and funfetti confetti cake batter bars (!!).
339 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
We’ve been to ICI more times than we should probably admit. I may have trekked there during the biggest blizzard of the year (they were open!). These macs are worth it. They have quite the selection of flavors, and every single one of them is brilliant. Though the lime and basil is our all-time fave.
230 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
We stumbled upon Crust as part of a free event hosted in a local store. Their stuff is so good. If you’re not vegan and you think you don’t like vegan desserts, I beg you to give them a try. Cupcakes, brownies, cookies…I can’t even pick a favorite. It’s just all of it. They don’t have their own storefront yet, but their sweets can be found in various shops around the city.
Breakfast sweets are some of my favorites, and the scones and muffins at Talula’s Daily always deliver. The lovely texture of the scones is somewhere between buttery shortbread and moist cake. They have creative, seasonal flavors that are the perfect amount of sweet in the morning.
208 West Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106
This one is no surprise, but Capogiro deserves its spot on the list. My parents have been taking me there since I was a kid, and now that I can make the decision to eat gelato for dinner, it’s dangerous to live so close. Their flavors seem endless and you can’t go wrong any of them. This particular combo of mojito and dragonfruit was a definite winner.
Zsa’s is other one that doesn’t have a physical location, but you can catch them at local stores and farmers’ markets. There is no comparison to their ice cream sandwiches. I had a feeling it would need a minute out of the freezer to become soft enough to eat, but we couldn’t wait. And I was totally wrong. The solid frozen cookie was still tender and the ice cream easily tasted as if it had been made that morning. Don’t even get me started on their pints. They are definitely worth seeking out.
I hope you give some of these tempting places a try. If you have any other Philly sweets to add, I would love to hear your suggestions!