Posted on May 13, 2015 by Kelsey Gliva
Philadelphia is a town built for foodies. From five star culinary creations to the iconic cheesesteak, Philly offers some of the most delicious meals in the nation. But what’s a feast without a decadent finale? Lucky for us, Philly doesn’t stop short of dessert. Fear not, sugar junkies! I’ve scoured the city for the richest cakes, the sweetest cookies, and the creamiest sundaes to make all of your confectionary dreams come true. Here are the six best places to satisfy your sweet tooth in Philadelphia.
The Franklin Fountain
116 Market St
Open Monday-Sunday from 11:00 AM to Midnight
Known for its old-timey décor, Franklin Fountain is home to the best ice cream in the city. The Franklin Mint – one of the most popular sundaes on the menu – boasts three scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream, a layer of marshmallow topping, and whipped cream – an absolute must for any dessert connoisseur. For less ambitious visitors, this Philly hot spot has over fifteen ice cream flavors that can be taken to-go in charming Chinese takeout containers. No matter what you order, Franklin Fountain will have you ice-screaming for more.
3428 Sansom St. – See website for additional locations
Open Monday-Sunday from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
With over nine signature donuts, this Philly staple is nothing short of divine. The “Hot Fresh” donuts are made to order and topped with flavored sugars of your choice. The “Fancy” donuts are the real showstoppers, however, with flavors ranging from Chocolate Peanut Butter to Blueberry Mascarpone. These cake-y creations fly off the shelves on a daily basis, so make sure to visit the store early if you want to give them a try!
38th and Walnut
Open at this location Monday-Saturday from 12:00 – 6:00 PM
This local treasure operates its entire pastry business from a charming food truck, attracting visitors who prefer to take their goodies on the go. Although Sugar Philly makes a mean crème brulee, it’s best known for its tasty macaroons. The menu changes on a daily basis, offering new macaroon flavors based on customer requests and the availability of seasonal ingredients. Despite the wide variety of choices, Sugar Philly’s dainty macaroons are consistently the most delicious French pastries in the city.
The Baker’s Jar
625 S16th St.
Open Tuesday-Thursday from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM, Friday 9:00AM-7:00PM, Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM, and Sunday 9:00AM-4:00PM
The Baker’s Jar began serving up adorable cakes in Philadelphia less than one year ago, and the city has been singing its praises ever since. Specializing in cakes, the bakery serves its desserts in individual portions and presents them in elegant mason jars. Don’t be wary of the artful presentation – these layered cakes taste as amazing as they look! Don’t believe me? Try one and let the empty jar do the talking.
3417 Spruce Street – See website for additional locations
Open Monday-Sunday from 12:00 PM – 3:00 AM for Delivery
Started by a University of Pennsylvania student in 2003, Insomnia Cookies has quickly spread to provide late-night snacks to college students at over fifty locations across the country. Open until 3:00 AM, this bakery brings warm, gooey treats to your door, promising quick delivery and great homemade tastes. Choose from over twelve cookies, or sample them by the dozen – the choice is yours.
Lil Pop Shop
265 S 44th St
Open Monday-Sunday from 12:00-9:00 PM (open until 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday)
Home to the most beautiful popsicles you’ll ever see, Lil Pop Shop adds some character to this childhood classic. With flavors including goat cheese, rosemary, earl grey and black pepper, these pops aren’t meant for the sandbox. Warning: the refreshing popsicles are dangerously addictive, and the shop’s loyalty program will quickly turn you into a returning customer. Try them at your own risk.
Photography and Text by Kelsey Gliva, Copyright 2015
About the Author: Kelsey Gliva is a senior enrolled in the Wharton School of Business, Class of 2015.