There is something unparalleled about biting into a hot, freshly-baked confection. Whether you’re buying for a party or simply creating your own little pop-up oasis, the time to treat yourself is today with our picks for best bakeries in Pennsylvania.
In the heart of a heavily Amish and Mennonite community lives an unassuming bakery featuring otherworldly confections. Bird-In-Hand sticks to time tested techniques and recipes that have delighted the community for generations. Grab a light meal, or indulge in something a little sweeter at this charming location. Bird-In-Hand mills their own flour in house, as well as outstanding artisan ice cream with bakery-fresh mix-ins. Keep your eyes peeled for seasonal treats and coffee specials.
The Flying Monkey Bakery is truly the stuff dreams are made of. Try their world famous Pumpple Cake, which consists of a pumpkin pie baked in a chocolate cake topped with an apple pie baked in a vanilla cake that must be ordered 72 hours in advance. If your craving is more urgent, try a strawberry champagne cupcake, dark and stormy bundt cake, or one of a seemingly endless variety of whoopie pies.
Vanilla Pastry Studio’s emphasis on top quality ingredients earns it a place on our list of best bakeries. Standouts include lovely cakes and scrumptious cake pops (called “Lollys”), all with their locally famous frosting. Try a salted caramel cupcake for an out-of-this-world experience right in your very own city.
What started as a humble, traveling bakery truck of sticky buns quickly transformed into a local institution with more permanent roots. Family-owned and devoted to fresh, quality products, Mr. Sticky’s offers a full menu with great soups and sandwiches, but truly excels with its variety of sticky and cinnamon buns. Hire a bakery truck to service an event, or pop into the Lancaster or Williamsport location for sublimely sticky treats and friendly service.
Owned by two French chefs, La Gourmandine offers an infusion of decadence and quality to the Pittsburgh area food scene. Try a traditional French sandwich on a baguette, or one of their gorgeous mini pastries and become an instant devotee. With an emphasis on simplicity, authenticity, and passion, few other Pennsylvania bakeries deliver the quality of La Gourmandine, truly a world class institution in the heart of Steel City.
Furhman’s in Erie offers a wonderful one-stop experience for all things food. Pop in for a wide variety of specialty cakes, and famously delicious pretzel bread and rolls, or put together a scrumptious picnic from their bakery, deli, and general store offerings.
Sweet Freedom Bakery is a dream location for those with food allergies or gluten intolerance, as well as those who seek out a healthier way of life. All products are gluten free, vegan, kosher, use the most natural, unrefined sugars, and are free of corn, wheat, peanuts, and soy. The all-important texture and taste categories are easily checked off, as years of experimentation have resulted in truly decadent offerings. Peruse and enjoy their wide selection of donuts, breads, cakes, cupcakes, loaves, and cookies without guilt and reconnect with the sweeter side of life.
Located in historic Harrisburg, Alvero Bread and Pastry is an authentic Italian bakery that harkens back to simpler times. Old world recipes, combined with quality imported ingredients, create a bakery experience not to be missed. Founded by two Italian immigrants, Alvero specializes in bread, pasta, cookies, and handmade gelato and sorbet. Make a meal of it and sit down for traditional Italian fare on site.
When a bakery is located on East Chocolate Avenue, you simply must hold it to a higher standard. Desserts Etc. clears these hurdles easily and produces some of the best baked goods in all of Pennsylvania. Try one of their impossibly good cream cheese stuffed muffins or individual silk pies, all served up by friendly staff in an inviting atmosphere.
Home to the best cannoli in Philadelphia, Termini Brothers Bakery is a decadent delight. They produce an extensive variety of traditional Italian cookies and pastries, as well as harder to locate Italian goods such as sfogliatelle, a delightfully flaky concoction. Termini’s also specializes in lovely wedding cakes and truly epic cookie trays, perfect for any special occasion.