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What is your favorite center city bakery?

and what do you love from this bakery???

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  1. Also- are there any bakeries in Old City?

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    1. re: lillotis

      Yes--Tartes, on Årch St. between 2nd and 3rd.

    2. It's a shame Petit 4 in Old City closed, they had wonderful scones. I like Pink Rose in Queen Village for fruit tarts and cakes. The cream puffs are huge and tasty, too, as long as you share.

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      1. re: clairvaux

        I do miss the molasses cookies and chocolate profiteroles from Petit 4. But Tartes has very good coconut cream tarts, sugar cookies, and molasses cookies too. Beware, they don't open up until noon (at least on Saturdays).

        Also at Reading Terminal Market, termini's is great for cakes, cannoli, and Italian pastries while Belier's has good cakes, apple fritters, and cinnamon buns warm from the oven.

        The Naked Chocolate Cafe has very good cupcakes and lilly cakes (think mini sized cake for two) but you have to order the latter ahead of time.

        And, (if that's not enough) DiBruno's has some wickedly good iced brownies.

        1. re: clairvaux

          Any suggestions (besides cream puffs and fruit tarts) for what to get from Pink Rose? I am a self-proclaimed dessert addict who loves cake, and while I know that Pink Rose is great (I've heard enough good reviews and seen enough delicious things while there to know that the problem lies within me and not with them) I've been underwhelmed by what I've gotten the two times I'm there...nothing was bad, it just didn't live up to what I had hoped for. I'd love to hear what kinds of cake by the slices are to die for. Thanks!

          1. re: Laura D.

            they make delicious lemon bars, banana creme pie and brownies. i do not like their eclairs or their biscotti. i do not rate them that highly and i grew up less than a half mile away, but i am a fusspot. i do crave their lemon bars though and no matter what time of day, if i walk past there i tend to swerve in for one. which is probably why i never walk down 4th and bainbridge. :D

            1. re: Laura D.

              Don't feel bad about not liking Pink Rose. We were there recently and were underwhelmed by some dry pastries.

          2. Miel Patisserie - chocolate cake
            Mayflower Cafe - taro bun, red bean bun
            Green Land Tea House - mochi, egg tarts
            Le Bus - muffins, croissants

            1. Tartes in Old City for their crumb cakes, chocolate cakes and apple walnut tarts - all about 4 inches and just enough for 2 (or 1 if I have had a really bad day). Oh and don't forget the scones in several yummy flavors.

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              1. re: bentley1530

                Not in center city I know but Isgro's is my favorite bakery in the entire city. Better (much I think) than Termini's in my opinion. Around Christmas there is usually a line out the door. Incredible cannoli's and everything else. Worth a trip and the long lines. And btw, I agree about Pink Rose. Stopped there after dinner recently with my wife and we were both very underwhelmed and felt it has gone down from what it used to be.

                1. re: Schpsychman

                  Bummed to hear about Pink Rose and Petit 4.

                  Pink Rose used to have the most incredible banana cream pie that I have ever tasted! I'll have to get into town to see if it's still the same over-the-top, piled-high with bananas and whipped cream over custard pie.

                  Isgro's, as far as I am concerned, still makes the best cannolis, hands-down. They are not pre-filled, which makes them special. No soggy shells.

                  Outside of Center City, in Chestnut Hill, the Night Kitchen still makes to-die-for sticky buns (still mourn Jamison's of Pine Street closing) and CAKE for scones.