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Top Spots in Philly for Your Pi Day Pie Fix

Celebrate 3/14 with these delicious baked treats, from traditional to inventive.

March 14 is Pi Day, which is the best excuse ever to indulge in some pie all in the name of math. There are so many great places to grab a treat whose homophone is a mathematical constant. We couldn’t bring ourselves to narrow it down to 3.14, so a top 6 will have to do.

L’il Pop Shop

265 S. 44th St.


While L’il Pop Shop is obviously known for its wide variety of unique ice pops, they have also developed a pie collection that is just as unique and delicious, and similarly changes with the seasons. Our favorite is the Green Tea Matcha Mochi pie, which is every bit as magical as it sounds. The rest of their flavors are just as complex, and you can also get them à la mode, with a pop on top. Plus, for Pi Day, they’ll have $3.14 slices while supplies last!

Beiler’s Bakery

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.


This Amish bakery at Reading Terminal has been owned and operated by the same Pennsylvania Dutch family since 1984, and their pies really have that homemade feel. And if traditional apple or pecan pie isn’t your style, they also make whoopie pies!


212 Arch St.



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This adorable little pink takeout bakery across from the Betsy Ross House makes hand-rolled tarts daily in small batches so you know they’re fresh. Plus since they’re single-serve, your kids don’t have to agree on one flavor–and with everything from Blackberry Almond to Chocolate Creme Brulee, you’ll want to try them all.

Little Susie’s

2532 E. Lehigh Ave.


From sweet to savory (including the fan favorite Taylor Pork Roll variety), Little Susie’s specializes in hand pies as far as the eye can see! For Pi Day, they’ll have eight flavors, so make an entire meal of it while you’re at it.


1838 E. Passyunk Ave.


For a change of pace, stop into East Passyunk’s traditional British pie shop for some savory meat pies, as well as sweet dessert pies. Try the flaky beef and onion pie (with a side of mash, for the full effect), then finish with a fruit pie for dessert.



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Flying Monkey Bakery

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St.


Finally, the pièce de résistance, the Pumpple cake: two pies (apple and pumpkin) baked into a chocolate and vanilla cake covered in frosting. A single towering slice will provide you with an entire day’s worth of calories, and while they usually just serve it in the fall and earlier in the winter, you can order a whole one in advance! If you’re too intimidated by this monstrous dessert, Flying Monkey also has a rotating selection of delectable mini pies, and of course their signature whoopie pies.


Bonus: Trattoria Carina’s Pi Day Pizzeria Pop-Up

March 14, 11 am–3 pm only

2201 Spruce St.


For the third year running, this Rittenhouse restaurant transforms into a pizzeria for one day only, featuring an assortment of pies. Their Pi Day menu will be available for outdoor dining, take out, and delivery. See menu online.


Lead photograph by Laura Swartz.

Contributing Writer