Best Bakeries In Pittsburgh

May 11, 2011 6:49 AM

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jeanmarcchatellier Best Bakeries In Pittsburgh


Whether it’s cakes you crave or pastries you prefer, the Pittsburgh area has no shortage of bakeries that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

213 North Ave., Millvale
(412) 821-8533

Calling it “pastry heaven,” Pittsburgh Magazine named this Millvale bakery its editor’s pick in its 2007 “Best of the ‘Burgh” edition — and we agreed! From quiches to croissants, this authentic French bakery truly offers something for everyone. “An incredible French bakery – worth every calorie,” one KDKA staffer wrote. “Jean-Marc is wonderful and colorful and his creations are to die for,” added another. A quick visit to his website lists a host of testimonials from satisfied customers!

Prantl’s Bakery

5525 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 621-2092

438 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-6861

If you haven’t tasted Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte, you may just want to head to one of this bakery’s two locations to find out what you’ve been missing. One KDKA staff member summed up this treat with two little words: “Pure bliss!” Made with yellow cake, homemade buttercream and creamy custard along with “loads of secret recipe toasted almonds,” Prantl’s calls its creation “Pittsburgh’s most famous dessert.” It’s even available for shipping!

Lincoln Bakery

543 Lincoln Ave
Bellevue, PA 15202-3548
(412) 766-0954

Lincoln Bakery in Bellevue has a “long history of baking signature items and doing it right,” summed up one satisfied customer from KDKA. Celebrating its 65th year of baking everything from scratch – including such offerings as chocolate ganache cheesecake, it’s easy to see why people come from all over town to shop at the oldest family-owned business in Bellevue!

Kretchmar’s Bakery

664 Third St.
Beaver, PA
(724) 774-2324

Another long-standing bakery that ranks among our favorites is Kretchmar’s Bakery in Beaver; and we’re not alone! From the Beaver County Times to AOL’s Cityguide, Kretchmar’s consistently rank among the best! If you’re looking for a cake to make your little one’s birthday extra special, check out Kretchmar’s wide selection. From a Barbie Doll or Disney Princess Castle cake that’s sure to light up any little girl’s face to their Thomas Train Signature cake – you can’t go wrong!

Bethel Bakery

5200 Brightwood Rd.
Bethel Park, PA 15102

Bethel Bakery in Bethel Park is another family-owned business that has been satiating the sweet tooth of many locals for decades. Now celebrating its 55th anniversary, Bethel Bakery may be best known for its butter cream frosting and gorgeous wedding cakes. In fact, Bethel Bakery lists a 2010 “Bride’s Choice” Award on its website; and at least one KDKA bride who selected Bethel Bakery as the cake for her big day said they did not disappoint!

Bartram House Bakery

4120 Washington Road
McMurray, PA

Located in northern Washington County on Route 19 in McMurray, Bartram House Bakery ranks among our favorites because of its incredible, fresh selection of pies, cakes, cookies, coffee and more! This family-owned business boasts that its staff “prepares over 100 different scratch-made desserts each day.” Bartram House Bakery even offers a catering service with everything from soups and sandwiches to tailgate special desserts with team color cupcakes and cakes.

Party Cake Shop

706 Brookline Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15226

297 Beverly Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216

Party Cake Shop has been in business since 1961, but its original Brookline Boulevard location has been operating as a bakery for the last century! Now with locations in Brookline and Mt. Lebanon, this family-owned and operated bakery makes our favorites because of its “unbelievable service” and the “great flavor” of its pies.

The Country Pie Shoppe

Rte. 819 South
Mt. Pleasant PA

Rte 31 East
Donegal PA

With two locations in Westmoreland County, The Country Pie Shoppe made our favorite bakeries list because its “chocolate chip cookies are made to perfection!” But cookies aren’t the only treats that are sure to satisfy. With homemade cinnamon rolls, breads baked from scratch “the way Grandma used to” and a selection of homemade pies from lemon meringue to blackberry – the Country Pie Shoppe won’t disappoint!

Honorable Mentions

Of course, it’s all a matter of taste when it comes to picking the best of the best. In its latest “Best of the ‘Burgh” survey, Pittsburgh Magazine readers gave top honors to The Pie Place in Upper St. Clair.

These are just a few of our favorites; but they’re certainly not all of them. Also check out Kribel’s Bakery, Dozen Bake Shop and Oakmont Bakery.

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  • Mary

    Signature Desserts should have been among the Top 10 for this survey. Their creations are fabulous! I’ve never been disappointed in anything I’ve ever ordered from this wonderful pastry shop!

    • Stacy

      Signature Desserts are the BEST!!!!

  • George

    Signatue Deserts are terrible….

  • Ron Orr

    I am surprised that Patty Cake in Bloomfield wasn’t included. Also, the Pie Shoppe in Laughlintown was ommitted.

  • Terry Boots

    How could you leave out Moio’s in Monroeville??

  • Carol

    Potomac Bakery is awesome in Mt. Leb!

  • Sully

    Blue Bonnet Bakery in Homestead. Small, quaint, excellent Bread and pastries. Unfortunately off the radar.

  • Marie

    I think your choices are accurate. Also, leaving out Oakmont Bakery is accurate. They are over rated and awful. Have to try Signatures.

  • debbie

    Pastries-A-La-Carte in Pleasant Hills is my favorite bakery. It won “best new bakery” in the post gazette magazine a few years back…and I agree!

  • Angel

    I just discovered Café Chocolade at 7061 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale and there items are different then what all the other bakeries have. More European and Eastern European items, Very fresh and truly wonderful and well they have a fantastic lunch and daily bread. More German style (real bread). They do offer a cupcake and it’s the best by far. They also roast there own coffee and a full service Day Spa upstairs. Where else can you get a chocolate mousse cake and a facial?

  • Jeff

    Oakmont Bakery should be at the top of this list. I guess the weather people at KDKA put this list together, they cant come close to calling the weather so why should they know anything about a bakery. Other great bakeries that should be here are Moios, and Mcginnis sisters. Shop n Saves bakery beats bethel bakery.

  • Theresa

    Those bakeries are great, but I think Oakmont should have been up in that list instead of honerable mention.

  • Mary

    I’ve lived in Oakmont forever, since the days of Charlton House & McEntyre (sp?) Bakery, long before OB started on the corner of Deleware & ARB. They’re way over rated. Talking to people who have worked there over the years, it’s all boxed mixes. NOTHING SPECIAL. Try a real bakery that uses real recipes, not mixes where you add two eggs and a cup of water.

  • My2cents

    Moio’s and Oakmont Bakery should be on this list. I’d take them over Bethel Bakery any day. Whoever put this list together needs to redo their research.

    • Lee

      Not that I’m discounting the others but…. MOIO’s has a great Pittsburgh tradition. A Pittsburgh staple since 1935!

      They are located in Monroeville and have the best bakery foods!

  • Don

    Of those listed I’ve only been to Jean-Marc’s and it is AWESOME! I didn’t know pastries/cakes could taste so good!

  • kristy

    vanilla pastry studio in the east end and minerva bakery in mckeesport!

  • Nucky Thompson

    Can someone recommend a good stripper jumping out of a cake-bakery? This is not a joke. My cousin is having bachelor party next weak.

  • joyce

    Pastries Ala Carte in Pleasant Hills!!!! The cakes are out of this world!!!!! The cookies there are great too!!

  • Paul

    The one in the east gave me the wind something fierce. Stay away from the ladylocks.

  • Jenn

    Very nice to see Country Pie Shoppe on here.. my elementary school is across the road from there…

  • Stoopid Housewives

    Yeah, the #1 in Millvale might be the best, but the owner is a real hot-head Frenchie. Ask questions at your own risk…

  • Nikki

    Pastries Ala Carte and Signature Desserts on Rt. 88 are definitely AWESOME! They both make the most gorgeous and delicious cakes! Also weird as it may sound…Whole Foods has a small selection…but you cannot go wrong with them either!

  • Terri G.

    I drive from Ross township to East Liberty just to go to Vanilla Pastry Studios in Penn Circle. Love them. The should be mentioned here.

  • Terri G

    Also, I have never personally tried Hugs And Kisses cakes but they are on facebook and their cakes are equisite.

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