We can probably all agree that Philadelphia has one of the most interesting restaurant scenes in the country. With a wide range of cuisines, atmospheres, and experiences, you’ll never get bored with eating in this city.
Though these wonderful spots are great for a nice meal or celebration, sometimes all you want is a really delicious cookie. Sure, you could buy some from the store, but who wouldn’t prefer a warm, gooey, fresh-baked cookie?
Well, I’ve put together a list of my favorite places to get cookies in town so you can fix your cravings. From delivery cookie shops to old-school Italian bakeries, you’ll find it all on this list. Keep reading to learn a bit more about each place!
Best Cookies in Philadelphia
Crust Vegan Bakery
4409 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
Crust Vegan Bakery is a remarkable small business that does a lot to support important causes. It’s a vegan bakery with several options free of allergens like nuts and soy.
Every month, the bakery features a different donation cookie and gives the profits from sales of this item to a local non-profit.
During my most recent stay in Philadelphia, the donation cookie of the month was a delicious matcha cookie with white chocolate chips.
The texture was soft and chewy, and the combination of matcha and white chocolate made the cookie memorable.
Crust Vegan Bakery is on Main Street in the Manayunk Area. After you’ve had your sugar fix, head to the nearby Manayunk Bridge Trail to explore the city on foot.
1437 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Essen Bakery is a small business in South Philly with an amazing selection of traditional Jewish confections, including Challah bread, schmear, or Jewish apple cake.
You can also find assorted pastries and cookies available by the unit or box if you order ahead of time.
I recommend the black and white cookies with their delicious chocolate and vanilla frosting or the salted caramel cookies and their subtle combination and sweet and salty flavors.
Essen Bakery is in Passyunk, near the corner of E Passyunk Avenue and Dickinson Street. You can take a stroll to the nearby Columbus Square Dog Park while munching on one of their delicious cookies!
1009 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 923-3092
Another great Italian bakery in town is Isgro Pastries. This local bakery serves cannolis, cakes, custards, tarts, and more. Having been in business in 1904 and having won awards in the past, it’s obvious this is a must-try spot.
You’ll find a huge variety of cookies at Isgro Pastries, most of which are $19.95 per pound. We recommend the Pasticcini, raspberry-filled butter cookies, chocolate-dipped apricot fingers, almond dreams, rocky road cookies, or ricotta cookies!
206-208 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Jezabel’s is an Argentinian cafe with specialties from the Northwest region, including empanadas, quiches, and pastries.
The fresh pastries are a major draw, and you’ll see many patrons sitting down to enjoy traditional Argentinian confections while sipping a hot cup of tea or coffee.
My favorites were the alfajores, a type of Argentinian sandwich cookie with a delicious cream filling.
This classy cafe is in the Spruce Hill area, near the intersection of S 45th and Walnut Street. After enjoying some Argentinian treats with espresso, you can head south to Clark Park or the Woodlands Community Garden.
4164 Barnett St, Philadelphia, PA 19135
You can’t visit Philadelphia without stopping by Haegele’s Bakery on the corner of Erdrick and Barnett Street. This German bakery is a local institution that has been around for over 100 years.
It’s easy to see why the bakery is so popular. There is a huge selection of traditional German and Danish confections, the service is exceptional, and the quality of the ingredients results in sweet treats full of flavors.
If you’re in the mood for cookies, the bakery has a fun selection of traditional German jam cookies. These sweets combine the crumbly texture of a shortbread biscuit with the rich and sugary taste of fruit jam.
Small Oven Pastry Shop
2204 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Small Oven Pastry Shop is a unique concept. It combines a small kitchen that serves pork sandwiches in a casual setting with a bakery that stands out thanks to its delicious and original creations.
The cookie selection includes classics like chocolate chip cookies, but the addition of sea salt turns this classic treat into a more elegant dessert.
I also recommend trying the unique ricotta cookies or the everything cookies, a surprising creation with a mix of sweet and savory ingredients like currants and potato chip crumbs.
Small Oven Pastry Shop is in Southwest Center City, at the corner of Washington Avenue and S 22nd Street, not far from the Queen Memorial Library.
Machine Shop Boulangerie
821 Dudley St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Machine Shop Boulangerie is an upscale bakery that specializes in French bread and pastries. It’s one of my favorite spots for cookies in Philadelphia because this business prioritizes using local ingredients and offers some interesting and modern takes on classic confections.
The cookie selection includes a chocolate chip cookie, a ginger cookie, and a vanilla sable cookie, among other creations. You’ll also find additional cookies that rotate from one week to the next.
The cookies from Machine Shop Boulangerie are proof that it doesn’t take a complex recipe to create something exceptional. Head to Dudley and S9th Street between Wharton and East Passyunk to try one of these delectable cookies.
636 Belgrade St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (215) 598-5449
This locally-owned and operated bakeshop is next on our list of cookies. Whipped Bakeshop offers gourmet cupcakes, cookies, and cakes.
They also do custom orders, so you can order something for your next special occasion.
The cookies at Whipped Bakeshop are a little different than those of the other spots. The cookies are decorated to have special designs, patterns, and symbols on each one.
Pick from the classic options or custom order!
Termini Bros Bakery
1523 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 334-1816
If you want to try something a little different than the American bakeries, head over to Termini Bros Bakery.
This local Italian bakery offers cannolis, cakes, cookies, and more. Open since 1921, you can bet the baked goods are amazing here.
You’ll find a variety of cookies on the menu at Termini Bros Bakery, as well as different sizing options. Be sure to try the amaretti cookies, long johns, cucidati, coconut macaroon, or pignoli!
Cake Life Bake Shop
1306 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Cake Life Bake Shop is a successful artisanal bakery in Fishtown. The name might be familiar because the owners, Lily Fischer and Nima Etemadi, appeared multiple times on the Food Network show Cupcake Wars.
This spot is one of my favorite bakeries in Fishtown, with its selection of cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, croissants, quiches, and cookies. The menu is varied and inventive, and you’ll find many vegan options.
Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet treat or want a savory breakfast, Cake Life Bake Shop offers a fun experience in a bright and friendly setting.
This bakery is close to the intersection between Frankford Avenue and E Thompson Street. I recommend heading to the nearby Penn Treaty Park to sit down near the water!
110 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
K’far is a cafe in City Center West. The menu features a unique mix of Mediterranean and Jewish influences with items like bagels, challah bread, babkas, and sticky buns.
One of the highlights of the menu is the brown butter chocolate chip cookie. Using brown butter adds complexity to this classic treat, and the texture of the cookie strikes a perfect balance between soft and crumbly.
The coffee and tea selection is another plus. It’s an ideal spot for taking a break from the busy City Center streets, enjoying a sweet treat, and sipping on some quality coffee.
You’ll find this cafe on S 19th Street between Chestnut and Sansom Street. Rittenhouse Square is only a block away.
Manakeesh Cafe, Bakery & Grill
4420 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Manakeesh is a popular Lebanese restaurant with an impressive menu that ranges from breakfast bagels to BBQ sandwiches. It’s also one of the best spots for cookies in Philadelphia.
If you’re in the mood for a classic treat, Manakeesh makes an excellent chocolate chip cookie. I also recommend the pistachio sable cookies.
You’ll also find an amazing selection of authentic Lebanese sweets that you can enjoy with a Lebanese latte. The coconut macarons are among my favorites, but the maamouls, a sort of shortbread cookie stuffed with dates, pistachios, or walnuts, are worth trying as well.
Manakeesh Cafe, Bakery & Grill is in the Walnut Hill area, on the corner of Walnut and S 45th Street.
108 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 544-2989
When you’re craving cookies in the middle of the night, there’s no better spot than Insomnia Cookies. Aptly named, this spot not only serves cookies late at the store but delivers them to your house until midnight or later.
Choose between a variety of cookie boxes with different amounts and kinds of cookies. Be sure to try the blueberry cobbler cookies, bananas foster cookies, double chocolate mint, or order some cookie dough to bake later!
Recently, Insomnia Cookies has opened up their top-secret CookieLab in East Passyunk. The lab features never-before-tasted cookies on a secret menu.
But, you’ll need to check out their Instagram for the secret password to get inside. Located behind a bookcase in their shop, this speak-easy cookie shop is a must-visit.
If one thing is for sure, it’s that Philadelphia is filled with delicious cookies. So, the next time you’re craving a warm, gooey cookie, you’ll not only know where to order it, but what to order.
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Which cookie are you most excited to try? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!