Whoever says sweets are bad for you has obviously never tasted cakes, cookies, or pastries before. Because we all know that baked goods are more than just the sum of their calories! They transport us to a higher level of happiness, they’re the perfect way to cap off a meal, and they’re pretty good at keeping us sane.
If you’re in love with oven-fresh sweet treats, you’re in luck because we listed down the top ten best-rated bakeries in Metro Manila just for you! According to looloo reviewers, these are the best places to get your dose of sugar and carbs!
10. Wildflour Cafe + Bakery
If you’re a regular looloo reviewer, you’d know that this artisan bakery was bound to land a spot in this list! Their first branch in BGC alone now has almost 600 reviews!
Put up by LA-based chef Walter Manzke, his pastry chef wife, Margarita Lorenzana Manzke, and her sister Ana de Ocampo, Wildflour Cafe + Bakery has remained to be one of the most popular bakery cafes in Metro Manila since its opening in 2012.
Also known for being the first to serve the famous cronuts in Manila a few years ago, this bakery has a lot more to offer than the croissant-donut lovechild.
Aside from their baked goods (even their complimentary bread is raved about!), they also serve savory meals! Reviewer-favorites include their Kimchi Fried Rice and their Bacon and Eggs Platter. And for dessert? Their three-layered Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake is a very popular choice.
Wildflour Cafe + Bakery has branches all over the metro.
9. Classic Confections
Famous for their to-die-for cakes, looloo reviewers can’t seem to get enough of the place! A classic favorite is Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion. A layered dark chocolate cake, covered in crunchy nuts, and topped with chocolate powder, reviewers who had to travel quite a bit to get to Classic Confections say it’s not just worth the money — it’s also worth the travel.
“It was the best cake I’ve ever tasted in my entire life! It was a class of its own. There’s nothing like it. The nutty side of the cake and the creamy texture inside is just perfect. This is definitely something you’ll keep on craving for after you’ve tried it,” said Nada N. in her looloo review.
Another plus to this place is that it’s not too crowded! You’ll have no problem catching up with your friends over plates of pastries and moist slices of cake. Their menu items range from the classic Blueberry Cheesecake to another all-time favorite, Chocolate Creme Brûlée. Pair it with a cup of coffee and you are set!
Classic Confections can be found at the 2/F of Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati, and at 3 Brixton St., Kapitolyo, Pasig.
8. Marks & Spencer Bakery
You might think Marks & Spencer is just all about clothes but in the UK, it’s also a pretty strong brand when it comes to the bakery market. Thankfully, in 2013, M&S in the Philippines also opened its own bakery section!
If there’s anything to learn from the reviews they’ve gotten so far, it’s that you absolutely should not miss their freshly baked cookies! Big, chewy, and, not too sweet, they come in Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Double Chocolate.
The M&S Bakery boasts of having their own kitchen. From croissants to cakes to tarts, they make sure to bake their breads daily to ensure freshness!
Their branches are conveniently located near their apparel stores so you can shop and then grab a bite to cap off the spree afterwards.
Marks & Spencer Bakery can be found at G/F Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City, Quezon City, and 2/F Bonifacio High Street Central Square, 5th Ave. cor. 30th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
7. Karen’s Kitchen
Those who consider themselves with a case of the serious sweet tooth surely must have heard of Karen’s Kitchen.
Originally just a simple home business, where cakes were just made to be picked up after placing the order, Karen’s Kitchen has now bloomed into a quaint, homey hideout for those looking to satisfy their dessert cravings.
This bakery has also been a top choice for those who are intent on giving memorable birthday or just sweet-nothing cakes. Not quite sure what to get? Two flavors that have been mentioned in a lot of the looloo reviews are their Red Velvet Cake and Chocolate Ganache.
Some guests have also had the pleasure of meeting Karen Young herself! Kim L. wrote in her looloo review that when she visited, “Ms. Karen was nice enough to talk to each customer to make sure that our stay and the food were pleasurable.”
Karen’s Kitchen can be found at 17A San Rafael St. cor. San Martin St., Kapitolyo, Pasig and G/F Petron Station, EDSA cor. Pasay Rd., Makati.
6. Everyday Mom
Having been an avid baker since she was a kid, owner Pamela Lim only ever became conscious of her ingredients until she became a mother. With another “baby” in the form of her bakeshop, Everyday Mom is now known as the mother of fluffy and moist cupcakes!
Using all-organic ingredients including aluminum-free baking soda and unbleached flour, they stay true to their tagline: “Healthy and Yummy. Naturally.” They don’t use artificial flavoring, food coloring, and preservatives either!
Two of their most popular items are the Chocolate Cake and Carrot Cake. Moist and not too sweet, these cakes are considered favorites by many looloo reviewers!
However, if you’re on the go and want something lighter, their cupcakes are a must-try! The Mocha Cupcake, which has been repeatedly mentioned and photographed by looloo reviewers, is frosted with delectable mocha cream and sprinkled with chocolate shavings. Roy T. in his looloo review, even claimed that Everyday Mom is “Home of one of the best mocha cupcakes!”
Everyday Mom can be found at 105D Sct. Castor St., Quezon City.
5. Pasteleria Costa Brava
What people love about Pasteleria Costa Brava is the fact that you can order up a cake and pick it up on the same day.
It would be really handy, however, to know their exact address in Bel-Air because they blend in with all the other houses in the area! But if you’re not from around Makati, you can usually find them in weekend gourmet markets like Baker’s Fair, too.
Light and with just the right amount of sweetness, Costa Brava’s Caramel Cake has gained a lot of fans over the years. But that doesn’t mean their other cakes don’t deserve the attention too! Their Rainbow Cake, made up of five multicolored layers covered in marshmallow frosting and dotted with sprinkles, is also worth the calories!
Pasteleria Costa Brava can be found at 12 Polaris St. cor. Bel-Air, Makati.
While most of us may think think that Japan is only about sushi and sashimi, Kumori is here to tell us that there’s more to the Japanese fare than that!
Home to Japanese bread, pastries, buns, puddings, and cakes, this bakery is a must-try for all the sugar enthusiasts out there. And because they only use the finest ingredients to make their sweet treats, you can expect everything that comes out of their oven to be top quality.
Because baking isn’t an original Asian concept, Kumori bakers had to add their own twist to desserts in order to appeal to their customers in Japan. This resulted in delectable things like the Hanjuku Cheese, their version of cheesecake, the Matcha Bun, showered with powdered sugar and matcha powder, and the Cheese Tart, filled with creamy custard!
3. Becky’s Kitchen
While the old facade of this bakery may not seem all too impressive, trust looloo reviewers when they say this place will not disappoint your taste buds.
The baked goods from Becky’s Kitchen are so delicious you won’t be able to help but buy them in bulk and share them with family and friends. Which explains why we always see their signature red boxes in family gatherings, birthday parties, and Christmas reunions!
No one has ever said anything bad about their bestselling fudge brownies, popularly described as soft, moist, and freshly baked. (If you feel like it, you can try refrigerating them for five hours because according to Jairus D. in his looloo review, this makes them extra nice and chewy!) Other fan favorites here are the Brazo de Mercedes Cupcakes, Mango Cheesecake, Coffee Cream Cake, and Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes.
Becky’s Kitchen can be found at 1601 Pablo Ocampo Sr. St. cor. Bautista St., Manila and Community Center, Suha St., Valle Verde, Pasig.
2. Purple Oven
Purple Oven started to get a lot of attention when people first found out that they were the bakery behind Starbucks’ drool-worthy desserts. But in 2014, they stopped consigning their goods and have since then made a name for themselves.
They used to have just one tiny store in Pasig but they’ve expanded with six more branches in the country, all busy whipping up fresh-out-of-the-oven treats for their loyal patrons.
The first thing that people usually think of at the mention of Purple Oven is their Campfire Cake, decadent chocolatey goodness hidden underneath peaks of thick marshmallow icing. Other popular picks here are the Chocolate Revel Bar, Lemon Bar, Fudge Brownies, Grandma’s Chocolate Cake, and Chocolate Dome Cake.
Purple Oven has branches all over the metro.
1. Estrel’s Caramel Cakes
Estrel’s has a lot of history under its belt. In 1946, this bakery made its first debut in Lepanto street, Manila only to be moved to Recto Avenue a few years later.
It was only in 2001 that this family-run business officially opened up a formal shop in Scout Tobias to properly cater to its customers. But despite the many changes in their location, their Caramel Cake has remained consistently good throughout the years, earning the loyalty of the masses.
Estrel’s is the type of cake you’d only give to someone extremely special to you because of how they’re so carefully and lovingly made. Their velvety cakes are made-to-order only so be sure to call ahead of the celebration. And because they’re made without any additives, it’s recommended that they be completely polished off within the day!
Estrel’s Caramel Cakes can be found at 54 Sct. Tobias St. cor. Sct. Limbaga St., Laging Handa, Quezon City.