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Bakery coming to Berks Street

Tova du Plessis stands inside her new Essen Bakery space at 110 W. Berks St. with her Chocolate Halva Babka.
Photo credit: Mike Prince

Tova du Plessis, the four-time James Beard-nominated pastry chef who opened Essen Bakery in East Passyunk in 2016, just signed the lease on a new space at 110 W. Berks St. (at Hope Street).

“Essen North” (with the Passyunk location now being dubbed “Essen South”) will be 2,800 square feet with room for indoor dining. Essen North will open in late spring.

Essen is most well-known for its Chocolate Halva Babka, which ships nationwide, along with babka.

Essen also offers holiday specials throughout the year as well as catering, and uses coffee beans from Elixr Coffee for all its coffee beverages.

The original Essen Bakery, open Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is located at 1437 E. Passyunk Ave. in South Philadelphia. Learn more at http://essenbakery.com. ••

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