Center City Pretzel Co.

Street Food
Memorable
One of the best
Save

Bad-tasting water = good-tasting food.

That was the conclusion we reached during a cheese steak-eating expedition through Philadelphia when we took a break to visit Center City Pretzel Company. By this point in the day, we had eaten enough cheese steaks that appetite was becoming only a distant memory. But the aroma, then the taste of big, soft, freshly-made pretzels proved irresistible. There is a certain brackish tang to the flavor of the pretzel, especially to its tan skin, that is like no other – a flavor that some experts attribute to the Philadelphia water in which they are boiled before being baked. Whatever the cause, these pretzels, hot from the bakery, are superb. They are supplied to vendors throughout the city, but by the time they get to where they’re going, in most cases they have lost their freshness and their sparkle.

When you get a pretzel at Center City, it will likely be warm, especially if you arrive early in the day. (It opens at 4am.) It is dense, chewy, and full flavored – a true bread-lover’s pretzel – and it is of course sprinkled with coarse salt. Some connoisseurs like to have a little mustard as a condiment. As far as we’re concerned, one (or a few) of these big softies need nothing to attain street-food perfection.

What to Eat
Center City Pretzel Co., Pretzel
Pretzel
Must-Try
Four fresh soft pretzels, ready to be pulled apart
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Sunday6:30 am - 10:30 am
Monday12 am - 12 pm
Tuesday12 am - 12 pm
Wednesday12 am - 12 pm
Thursday12 am - 12 pm
Friday12 am - 12 pm
Saturday4 am - 12 pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies

    Robbinsville, New Jersey

    Some of the best pizza anywhere is made in New Jersey at De Lorenzo’s, where the crust is thin and crisp and the toppings are perfectly balanced.

  • Steve’s Prince of Steaks

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Steve’s just might be the best traditional Philadelphia cheese steak: a classic topped with Whiz and grilled onions, packed into a shaft of quality bread.

  • Yocco’s Hot Dog King

    Allentown, Pennsylvania

    Browned and crusty Hatfield franks are topped with onion, mustard and Yocco’s famous spicy sauce. An irresistible combo in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

  • Pete’s Hot Dog Shop

    Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

    For well under $10, lunch at Pete’s on chili dogs, fried pierogies and a carton of chocolate milk: a soulful taste of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.

  • John’s Roast Pork

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    John’s is a humble restaurant serving some of the best roast pork sandwiches and cheese steaks in Philadelphia and therefore the world.

  • White House Sub Shop

    Atlantic City, New Jersey

    Made on Italian loaves hours from the oven, White House subs are the best: hot or cold, they are the ultimate Delaware Valley sub-sandwich eating experience.