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  • Anthony’s Italian Coffee & Chocolate House

    Espresso for Italo-philes

    If you like your cafes with a strong Italian accent, visit Anthony’s, which offers panini, sweets and from-scratch gelato in addition to killer espresso drinks.

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  • Artisserie Chocolate Cafe

    Sweet treats, boxed chocolates and more

    Artisserie specializes in a wide array of boxed chocolates, as well as cupcakes, cookies, specialty desserts and other confections best enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee.

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  • Avenue Scoop

    Classic cones and cafe cuisine

    Avenue Scoop cranks out ice cream by the cone, bowl or sundae in addition to simple eats like bagels and waffles.

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  • Barbuzzo

    Crowd-pleasing pizzas and Mediterranean dishes on 13th Street

    Barbuzzo on 13th Street in Philadelphia's Midtown Village neighborhood.

    The Mediterranean-inspired Barbuzzo from Marcy Turney and Valerie Safran has helped transform 13th Street into a major destination since opening in 2010.

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  • Belle Cakery

    Can’t-be-beat sweets

    Jessie Prawlucki, pastry chef and co-owner of nearby Fond, runs this tiny bakery, cranking out some of the best customs confections in town and absolutely killer croissants on weekend (better get there early).

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  • Betty’s Speakeasy

    A neighborhood place with the comforts of grandmother’s kitchen

    The staff here prides itself on personally knowing many of the people who grow food for their menu, which lists local, organic and fair-trade options. From fudge made with an old family recipe and award-winning cupcakes to cheese, specialty drinks and sandwiches, Betty’s satisfies any craving.

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  • Bistrot La Minette

    An authentic French bistrot in the Queen Village neighborhood

    An authentic French bistrot in the Queen Village neighborhood

    Bistrot La Minette is the realization of Chef Peter Woolsey’s dream to bring the charm and good taste of a French bistrot to Philadelphia’s dynamic restaurant scene.

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  • Brown Betty’s Dessert Boutique

    Butter up your sweettooth

    Delicious desserts at Brown Betty.

    No ordinary pastry shop, the flagship locale of an edible empire—named after the owners’ sassy female ancestors—specializes in delicious-tasting and-looking cakes.

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  • Brown Chicken Brown Cow

    Run hot and cold with coffee and ice cream

    This cafe with the inspired name (say it out loud fast) is a coffee shop at first blush, but the real scoop is its large ice cream selection, featuring local dairy from Shady Brook Farm in Bucks County, Pa.

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  • Capogiro Gelato Artisans

    More than 25 delectable choices of gelato and sorbet will make it impossible to resist

    Capogiro

    Everyone is raving about the gelato at Capogiro, from Town and Country and Oprah’s O Magazine to Food and Wine and the New York Times.

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  • Capogiro Gelato Artisans

    The South Philly outpost of Philadelphia’s own gelato oasis

    The fourth location of this Philly-based gelateria empire combines Italian cafe classics—from the rich, inventive gelato made with locally grown ingredients to the expertly crafted espresso—with a charming, old-fashioned dining room. In warmer months, patrons take advantage of outdoor seating in the quiet and quaint backyard patio.

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  • Cookie Confidential

    Not-your-average sweets

    Crave your cupcake in a mason jar? In the mood for a buffalo wing-flavored cookie or beer-infused cake? Melissa Torre satisfies your oddest cravings at her quirky undercover bakery.

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  • Darling’s Diner

    Incredible desserts available 24/7

    Berry cuvée with guava and bananas foster are two of several exotic cheesecake flavors available ’round-the-clock at this retro-themed diner that’s credited with inventing the Philly cheesecake, a lighter version of the New York classic.

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  • Federal Donuts

    Line-up for donuts, fried chicken and coffee

    Next level coffee and donuts at Federal Donuts.

    The lines out the door explain it all; people across the city crave deep-fried joy. The original location for Federal Donuts in Pennsport has perfected the combination of Korean-style fried chicken and delectable donuts, selling out regularly since opening in the fall of 2011.

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  • Gia Pronto

    Sip and sit at this Italian cafe

    Outfitted as a retro-modern, all-natural Italian cafe, Gia Pronto satisfies its customers with its leafy salads, crisp panini and steaming hot espresso. All ingredients are free-range, hormone-free and never fried.

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  • Golosa

    Dessert, Italian-style

    The friendly staff at this tiny cacao-obsessed BYOB is happy to talk you through the fascinating particulars of their Italian drinking chocolates and plethora of sweets.

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  • Green Line Cafe

    Organic coffee and locally sourced fare in two Spruce Hill locations

    Owned by an artist and her brother-in-law, all three Green Line and its twosister locations serve only organic, free trade-certified coffee and locally sourced sodas and food.Plus, the artwork on the walls changes frequently and is always for sale.

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  • Grindcore House

    Rock out to heavy metal tunes, coffee and vegan treat in hand

    Grab a cup of fair trade coffee at Grindcore House in Pennsport.

    This all-vegan, metal music-themed coffee house delivers fair-trade coffee and an extensive cafe menu.

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  • Honey’s Sit ‘N’ Eat

    Homestyle Southern food worth the wait

    With plates packed with latkes, grits, challah French toast and drop biscuits with sausage gravy, it’s amazing the crowds aren’t even larger.

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  • Isgro Pastries

    Traditional Italian treats since 1904

    More than a century ago, baker Gus Isgro established this Italian Market-area shop, a take-a-number spot whose unmistakably buttery aroma wafts down Christian Street. Customers swear by the pound cake, Italian cream and strawberry shortcakes, but filled-to-order cannoli are Isgro’s top sellers.

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  • John’s Water Ice

    South Philly’s go-to for Italian water ice since 1945

    Since 1945, this warm-weather to-go spot has been transforming fruit, sugar and frozen water into water ice—known elsewhere as “Italian ice.” Loyal patrons choose from lemon, chocolate, cherry or pineapple water ice; vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or butter pecan ice cream; or a combination thereof that John’s dubs “gelati.”

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  • Lil’ Pop Shop

    Everything tastes better on a stick

    For those who think everything tastes better on a stick, Jeanne Chang is your new hero: her whole-other-ballgame artisan popsicle flavors include mango sriracha, apple pie “a la mode” and peanut butter curry.

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  • Little Baby’s Ice Cream

    Ice cream is a feeling

    Little Baby's storefront on Frankford Ave.

    Specializing in handmade, premium ice cream made from locally sourced ingredients, Little Baby’s quickly developed a major fan base in the city and beyond.

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  • Magpie Artisan Pie Bakery & Boutique

    Pie in the sky

    Baker Holly Ricciardi shares her skill for sweets with South Street at this quaint pie boutique, where her flavors rotate by the season.

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  • Metropolitan Bakery

    Home of homemade carbohydrate delights

    In addition to selling more than 30 varieties of homemade breads, the retail shop offers freshly roasted coffees, fine loose teas, English and local jams and American artisan cheeses.

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  • Phileo Yogurt

    Froyo for sweet freaks

    This modern yogurt shop sells the good stuff by the ounce, with toppers both appropriate (fruit!) and not-so-appropriate (Gummi Bears!).

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  • Philly Flavors

    Your friendly, neighborhood ice cream shop

    Hugely popular with Fairmount kids of all ages (that definitely includes adults), Philly Flavors serves a huge variety of ice cream treats and award-winning water ice made from scratch.

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  • Philly Sweettooth

    Sweets by the pound

    This corner candy store sells hundreds of candy varieties by weight — it’s a smart sugary stop whether you’re looking for old-school general store sweets or more modern confections.

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  • Reading Terminal Market

    America’s oldest farmers’ market

    Delicious Pennyslvania Dutch pies and baked goods? Yes, please.

    Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”

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  • Sugar Philly

    Philly food truck making sweet history

    Making numerous appearances on The Food Network and named one of the “20 best food trucks in America” by Smithsonian Magazine, this Asian-inspired sweets truck makes mouths water with its meringue macaroons and crème brûlée. Fortunately for visitors to the city, the truck remains immobile so it can be easily found.

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