Drew Lazor of the Daily News makes baklava with us: "The baklava, however, seems to garner the most attention. The Lebanese version relies on a soak in sugar syrup in lieu of the honey used more readily by the Greeks." ... Read the full article
Welcome to Manakeesh Café Bakery!
We invite you to take delight in our wide selection of Lebanese dishes and bakery goods. If you would like a taste of the Mediterranean culture, Manakeesh Café Bakery is the place to be. As one of the establishments in University City’s Halal quarter, we become a well-known spot to dine in the short time we have been here. Our passion for baking stems from our Middle Eastern traditions and our love for our customers. Thanks to our loyal customers, Manakeesh Café has also become one of the most successful Zabihah restaurants in the city, winning the Best of Philly award by Philadelphia Magazine two years in a row!
Try Our Amazing Food!
At our restaurant, we serve Lebanese cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. We are one of the few restaurants in Philadelphia that has something for everyone! Try a manakeesh flatbread with one of 20 toppings made to order, or split a generous platter with your buddies. Follow that up with a smoothie or sweet crepe, and don’t forget to take home some baklava! If you need catering for an event, consider our Mediterranean catering menu. Your guests will love it!
Enjoy Our Relaxing Atmosphere
We take pride in being one of the Zabihah restaurants in Philadelphia that provides a dining experience for families, college students, and business professionals. Our atmosphere is designed to produce a relaxing sensation, with a Middle Eastern elegance. Once you step foot inside our cozy dining area, you are greeted with an airy, sunlit space surrounded by comfy couches and tables. In the warmer months, you’ll find our customers enjoying our outside patio dining area. Our Lebanese baked goods put on a delectable show from our display cases as you dine.
We Teach Baklava Baking Classes!
Aside from our usual business of being a Mediterranean restaurant and bakery, Manakeesh Café is also a place for learning. That’s because we teach some lucky customers how to make their very own Baklava! Our Baklava is a favorite for many and so we’ve decided to share our Middle Eastern baking secrets. Not many Halal places in Philly will teach you how to make their specialty dish! The educational course is taught by Fouad Aoudia, who is our Head Pastry Chef. Check out our website for more details!
At Manakeesh Café, we strive to offer the best Zabihah cuisine and customer service. Whether you are familiar with Halal places or not, we encourage you to indulge in our distinct cultural infused entrees. We take pleasure in being one of the popular restaurant destinations in Philadelphia.
In addition, customers can find halal food catering here at our eatery in Philadelphia. We are also home to Vegan food in University City!
Founded in early 2011, Manakeesh Cafe Bakery has quickly become a staple in the University City and West Philadelphia communities.
Located on the corner of 45th and Walnut Streets in a renovated historic former bank, Manakeesh offers a Lebanese fusion, providing a distinct Lebanese twist to many American favorites, while introducing a distinct cultural flavor to the neighborhood.
The cafe is the brainchild of a passionate owner who longs for the vibrant atmosphere of Downtown Beirut here in Philadelphia. The name is inspired by the Manakeesh, a Lebanese flatbread sandwich traditionally baked in an open flame oven and cranked out early in the morning in time for breakfast.
In addition to the Manakeesh, which are served here with over 20 different toppings, the selection includes wraps, platters, appetizers, and a wide array of beverage options (Non-Alcoholic of course).
We now offer a full menu of options for catering, including drinks, entrees, sides and dessert. From large weddings to office lunches, we've got you covered! You can check out catering options here. All catering requests MUST go through our contact page.
Want to make some of our famous baklava? Come learn from our head Pastry Chef, Fouad Aoudia. Perfect for a bonding activity with friends or a date night with that special someone!
Our classes have been attended by dozens and featured in the DAILY NEWS!
Click on the contact us tab to reserve your spot!