10 Best Places in Manila for the Dreamiest Cream Puffs

With fillings that range from good ol' vanilla to chocolate-hazelnut!

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(SPOT.ph) When you’re looking for a dessert that’s more laid-back than a grandiose cake but daintier than your standard cookie, cream puffs are a stellar choice. This classic dessert has a rather puzzling history, but some sources say they’ve been around as early as the 1540s in France! They consist of a base made with choux pastry—a pastry dough that, when baked, puffs up to have a hollow, airy center and light yet subtly-chewy consistency. You’ll find it used in other desserts like eclairs and beignets, but in the case of cream puffs, they’re filled with a cream filling of sorts—usually whipped cream, custard, and the like, which can also be flavored.

From there cream puffs can just be served as is, but they can also be dressed up with a dusting of powdered sugar, a dip or glaze of melted chocolate, or a topping of caramelized sugar that hardens into a sweet and crisp shell. You can also get it as a cone-shaped tower, bound with threads of caramelized sugar to form what’s called a croquembouche! If you’re looking for great versions, these shops have you covered.

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Satisfy those hankerings for cream puffs by ordering from these shops:

Beard Papa’s

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Chances are, you had your first taste of cream puffs via Japanese brand Beard Papa’s, who was a staple at malls many years back. Though they gradually closed many branches down over the years, fans of the pastry were in for a real treat when they reopened in 2019—and especially now that you can order from them for delivery! You’ve got a couple of pastry-base options here—there’s the classic Pie Cream Puff that’s got a lightly crisp yet airy shell, the chocolate-dipped Eclair Cream Puff, and the Langue de Chat that’s enrobed in a light cookie shell. From there you can choose your filling: Custard, Matcha, or Milo. You can fill out their order form or course your orders through GrabFood or Pickaroo to get your fix.

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For orders, fill out Beard Papa’s order form or find Beard Papa’s on GrabFood or Pickaroo. You can also check out their Facebook page.

The Sweet Spot

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Choux au craquelin is a cream-puff subcategory where the choux pastry is topped with a thin cookie disc (a.k.a. craquelin) that envelops it in a sweet, slightly crisp, crackly layer once baked. You can get your fix from The Sweet Spot, who makes the pastry (P450/box of six) in crowd-pleasing flavors that range from the no-fail Vanilla and Chocolate to the more current Tiramisu. They’ve also got a premium-flavor range called the Speciale (P450/box of four), consisting of the fruity Strawberries and Cream and the earthy Malagos Chocolate. Heck, they even have a Protein line (P600) where each puff has 19 grams of protein—hello, #gains! Just visit their Cococart website to place an order.

For orders, visit The Sweet Spot’s Cococart website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

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Creampuffsmnl

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It’s quite clear from Creampuffsmnl’s name what they do best. As solo puffs they have a homemade sort of charm to them, bearing decidedly bumpy choux bases that dusted in powdered sugar, spun around, caramelized sugar or dipped in different kinds of chocolate—yet they also make elegant-looking cream puff towers upon request. Flavors in their range include the Vanilla Custard (P200/box of six, P385/box of 12) with powdered sugar, the Boston Cream Puffs (P250/box of six, P450/box of 12) with a vanilla-custard filling and dark-chocolate topping, and the Matcha Cream Puffs (P250/box of six, P450/box of 12). Just send them a message on social media to get your fix.

For orders, send a message to Cream Puffs MNL on Facebook or Instagram.

The Puff Dough

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This whimsical shop makes cream puffs with thin, craquelin-topped choux shells that make way to generous cream fillings. Some flavors are classic, like the Custard (P350/box of eight, P460/box of 12) and Chocolate (P350/box of eight, P460/box of 12); but they’ve got more fun flavors like the Ube (P400/box of eight, P500/box of 12), Cereal Milk (P400/box of eight, P500/box of 12), and even White Chocolate Birthday Cake (P400/box of eight, P500/box of 12). Just fill out their order form to get your fix.

For orders, fill out The Puff Dough’s order form. You can also check out their Facebook page.

KO Patissier

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If you’re looking for cream puffs that’ll really impress, KO Patissier’s got your back with their leveled-up version dubbed the KOKO Choux (P800/box of four, P1,200/box of six). They excite from the looks alone, thanks to their elaborate toppings—but they deliver on swoon-worthy flavor, too, thanks to this small shop’s use of great-quality ingredients. Take your pick from their six-flavor lineup that consists of the Chocolate Hazelnut, Campfire S’mores, Pistachio Raspberry, Strawberry Cream, Caramel Cheesecake, and Tropical Brulee. You can reach out to their mobile number or send an e-mail to place an order.

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For orders, contact 0917-5912400 or send an e-mail to KOPatissier@gmail.com. You can also check out KO Patissier’s Facebook page.

The Art of Choux

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Old-fashioned cream puffs are the name of the game for The Art of Choux, who has a short-but-sweet flavor lineup of the pastry. The Classic Sugar-Glazed (P350/16 pieces) will please purists with their dreamy vanilla-custard filling and sugar glaze, while the Cheesecake (P580/16 pieces) veers just a tad from tradition with its tangier profile without straying too far away from classic custard versions completely. You can also get a box with both flavors for P480. Just visit The Art of Choux’s Cococart website to place an order.

For orders, visit The Art of Choux’s Cococart website. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Leonisa’s Kitchen

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For cream puffs that are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds, try Leonisa’s Kitchen’s version. These craquelin-topped choux pastries are filled with custard and/or fruit, depending on the flavor—their lineup includes fruity entries like Strawberry (P450/box of nine) and Mango (P450/box of nine) and even Durian (P550/box of nine). You can also go for the Assorted Cream Puff Box (P520/box of eight), which grants you access to other flavors like the Hazelnut Milk Chocolate! Just send them a message on social media to get your fix.

For orders, send a message to Leonisa’s Kitchen on Facebook or Instagram.

Cream Puff by Juancho’s

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Based in Quezon City, Cream Puff by Juancho’s takes on the pastry has a decidedly uneven look, giving them a homespun feel. They’ve got Classic flavors (starts at P130/box of four regular-sized) like the dreamy Chocolate and the caramel-tinged Butterscotch, but also Premium flavors (starts at P180/box of six), namely the fruity Strawberry and coffee-esque Mocha. Simply place your orders by sending them a message on social media.

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For orders, send a message to Cream Puff by Juancho’s on Facebook or Instagram.

The Softbox Patisserie

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The Softbox Patisserie is best known for their Classic Caramel Cream Puffs (starts at P280/eight pieces), which are great textbook versions of good ol’ cream puffs—think caramelized-sugar exterior, soft and chewy choux, and lush custard filling. But you can also go for the Assorted Cream Puffs option (starts at P320/eight pieces) which lets you personalize the toppings and mix and match as well—choose from different kinds of chocolate (milk, semi-sweet, extra-dark, white, or butterscotch) and garnishes (dragees, sliced almonds, sprinkles, or crushed Oreos)! You can also order a Croquembouche (starts at P1,200/small) or cream puff tower for your celebrations. Go ahead, fill up their order form.

For orders, fill out The Softbox Patisserie’s order form. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Pastries by Bela

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Pastries by Bela is based in Rizal but can deliver to the Metro. Their menu is as focused as you can get with only three entries, but they do them all really well. There’s the Classic Puffs (P350/box of six) with a vanilla pastry-cream filling and crunchy caramel glaze, as well as the deep and dark Chocolate Puff Pops (P280/box of nine) with the same filling but glazed with tempered dark chocolate that glistens against the light. Alternatively, you can go for the Special Puff (P1,949)—a giant, six-inch round choux pastry with pastry cream and five mini classic puffs inside, plus a caramel glaze on top. Just message them on Facebook for orders.

For orders, send a message to Pastries by Bela on Facebook.

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