10 Best Places for Delicious Pastries in Manila
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a range of delectable delights from top dessert havens.
(SPOT.ph) If our local spaghetti is enough of an indication, Filipinos are known to be big fans of dishes infused with just a tinge more sweetness than usual. With a fondness that extends to many other savory dishes, it’s no wonder that Filipinos have an insatiable craving for toothsome pastries. Sometimes, a day isn’t complete without a tart, éclair, or pie taken with a cup of good tea or coffee.
We've listed Manila's top 10 go-to places for delicious pastries, suited for every mood and occasion.
The focus of this article is on pastries, not bread; pastries from hotels and home-based businesses were not included. This list is not ranked.
1. Eric Kayser
G/F, Marketplace by Rustan's, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City (890-0850)
Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
This world-famous boulangerie-cum patisserie-has only been in Manila for almost a year, but it has many pledging loyalty to its comprehensive selection of breads and pastries. French master baker Eric Kayser proves his impressive background goes beyond his line of artisan bread and viennoiseries, offering an array of mouthwatering selections for fruit Danish, tarts, éclairs, and financiers. To maintain their standards, some preparatory techniques have been adjusted to cater to the local climate. Their Promenade café is up and operational for those looking to sit down and enjoy coffee and pastries at leisure, while the Power Plant branch is perfect for those looking for a quick sweet fix.
Must-tries: Tarte Monge (P245), Salted Caramel Éclair (P125), Nutella Éclair (P135), Pineapple Danish (P95), Financiers (start at P110), Cookies (P90)
2. Cinq Dessert Boutique
G/F, CEO Flats, Canopus Cor. Jupiter Street, Makati City (0917-625-2611/ 890-0886)
Cinq is the brainchild of pastry chef Angela Villoria, who, after studying at the International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management as well as training in France and the USA, put up a shop and named it after the five major ingredients for her exquisitely baked goods: flour, eggs, sugar, butter, and cream/milk. Each Cinq creation is made from scratch, with chefs making use of only the finest and freshest ingredients, fillings, and mixes, staying true to their promise of always putting quality and taste above all else.
Must-tries: Aurore (P150 for mini, P650 for whole), Ligaya (P120 for mini, P500 for whole), Louise (P170 for mini, P850 for whole), Mayumi (P1,600)
3. Paul Maison De Qualité
G/F, SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City (808-5324)
The 125-year-old bakery hailing from France boasts an impressive lineup of sweets-from tarts, viennoiseries, cakes, to pastries-each one a masterpiece as far as taste and aesthetics go. (Don’t forget to check out their giant macarons.) Aside from their specialties though, Paul has also ventured into savory dishes, offering crepes, tartines, and even pasta, making the dining experience for customers enjoyable from start to finish.
Must-tries: Le Grand Macaron (P250), Chocolate Praline (P350), Éclair Aux Framboises (P220), Millefeuille Mango (P150), Flan Normand (P150)
4. The Cake Club
UG/F, Bonifacio High Street Central, East Superblock, 7th Ave corner 29th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (621-3176)
2F, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City (583-6127)
Our No. 1 choice for cheesecakes should never be overlooked when it comes to baked goods. Diamond Hotel's The Cake Club has become a staple in the local dessert scene with their substantian selection of sweet treats, each one tasting better than their looks let on (and to say they are visually appealing is an understatement). Majority of the desserts offered pays homage to pastry favorites such as cheesecakes, macarons, meringue, and mousse-but prepared at extraordinarily scrumptious levels.
Must-tries: Ispahan, Vanessa, Le Royale, Baked Cheesecake, Monte Blanc (all P250 for individual cakes, P1,500 for whole cakes)
5. Wildflour Café + Bakery
G/F Net Lima Building, 4th Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City (856-7600)
G/F The Podium, ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City (571-8588)
G/F V Corporate Center, 125 L. P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City (808-7072)
Wildflour is another one of the more popular boulangerie-patisserie-café crossovers in the Metro. This sugar dispensary serves breakfast, dinner, and everything in between, in an attempt to satisfy every palate and fancy, and you’ll be mopping up every creamy, flaky, crunchy calorie with gusto. Their delicious selection of homemade breads and pastries may be taken and enjoyed in the cafe or to go. Apart from innovations like the croissant donut and their lip-smacking bombolinis, they’ve already proven that they’re the best when it comes to chocolate cakes.
Must-tries: Valrhona Salted Chocolate Cake (P195), Lemon Meringue Tart, Chewies (P85), Crookies (Oreo-stuffed Croissant) (P120), Brownie Turtle (P110), Banana Nutella Danish (P120)
6. Conti's Bakeshop & Restaurant
Click here for a list of Conti's Bakeshop & Restaurant branches.
Conti's is a default destination for potluck needs. It has long been top-of-mind for warm, freshly cooked, and pre-cooked meals (okay, baked salmon), but it’s their extensive range of desserts that keeps those with a sweet tooth coming back for more. Consistency is key in this restaurant’s success. Aside from their baked goods, Conti's has a foothold in delicately baked pies that make for a fitting happily ever after to a satisfying meal.
Must-tries: Cheese Puff (P30), Cream Puff (P125), Turtle Pie (P105), Lemon Squares (P125), Butterscotch Bars (P125)
7. Kitchen's Best Home Patisserie
G/F Karrivin Plaza, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City (381-8518)
G/F McKinley Park Residences Condominium, 3rd Avenue corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City (478-4870, 211-0010)
What started as a home-based pastry business by Roselyn, Berna, and Martina Tiangco, is now a full-fledged restaurant-patisserie for appetizing meals and award-winning desserts. Kitchen's Best's collection of sweets encompasses toothsome baked bars, mini cakes, tartlets, meringue, and cheesecakes, catering to the vast indulgence of diners abound.
Must-tries: Turtle Pie (P115), Lemon Torte (P185), Chocolate Obsession (P110), White Chocolate Macadamia Brittle Cheesecake (P185)
8. Parvati Dessert Café
G/F Trinoma Mall, North Avenue corner Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City (901-1428)
If you can’t really put a finger on what type of sweet you want, try Parvati because what they have is a library of treats curated from some of the city’s best home-based purveyors of pastry. Parvati is a gem tucked in a corner of Trinoma Mall, and is known primarily for its wall of glass refrigerators housing boxes upon boxes of over 50 kinds of glorious dessert bars, small cakes, and tarts. They also offer a comprehensive selection of coffees and teas to accompany each saccharine forkful of dessert.
Must-tries: Dark Chocolate Walnut Revel Bars (start at P90 for a box of 4), Supreme Brazo Bars (P160+), Original & Cheese Custaroons (start at P350), Frozen Brazo de Mercedes (P180)
9. Shine Bakery & Café
3/F, SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City (553-6566)
Shine Bakery & Café is celebrity-chef couple Rob and Sunshine Pengson's follow-up to the now defunct (and very much missed) Gourmandise Patisserie, also known as the tart and éclair factory for the sweets-loving Manila crowd. The couple made sure to carry over their strong suit-home-baked éclairs, tarts, and small cakes-to Shine, assuring fans that no matter where they go, they can always be counted on for excellent pastries.
Must-tries: Assorted Éclairs (P80), Assorted Cupcakes (start at P60), Brioche Bread Pudding (P250)
10. Purple Oven
63 St. Peter St., Oranbo Pasig City (631-4221)
San Antonio Arcade, 50 McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City (910-1364)
YMCA Bldg., 7 Sacred Heart St. San Antonio, Makati City
Purple Oven first made a name for itself as Starbucks Coffee's pastry provider, but it’s now developed an identity (not to mention a following) for itself. It has become a mainstay in the local sweets stop scene for its selection of ooey-gooey baked goods, rich cakes, and savory pies. The bakery does not scrimp on ingredients, packing each baked goodie to the brim with flavor so that every bite is as delightful as the last.
Must-tries: Fudge Brownies, Lemon Bars, Food for the Gods (P280/16 pcs, P500/32 pcs), Quiche Lorraine (P85), Soft Cinnamon Rolls/Swirls (P65)