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Sweet Escape: Flying Monkey Deuce Patisserie Opens


Cupcakes by Flying MonkeyWith our secretive chocolate drawers, pints of ice cream hidden behind frozen vegetables, and sweet fix hit-and-runs of grabbing a fluffy baked good and devouring it before running through the rest of the day, it’s almost impossible to enjoy the sweeter side of life. Although the moment you step into Flying Monkey Deuce, Rebecca Michaels’ newly opened patisserie in the Washington Square West neighborhood, you will experience a sense of calm as her whimsical décor and sweet treats send you into a dream like state.

Having experience in the business of handcrafting and selling sweets in her original Reading Terminal Market location (where the goodies will still be baked every day), Michaels was more than prepared to open a storefront. Truth be told, Michaels “had no plans for a second place anytime soon, but the owner of the building thought the space would be a perfect fit for Flying Monkey, and he strongly encouraged me to take it. It's such a cute space with that big picture window and the patio- how could I resist?” And we’re so very glad that she gave in to the temptation.

From the moment you walk by the charming shop, the large-scale window lures you in from the bustling street with a direct view of the glass case that’s filled with her freshly baked goods. Beyond her signature cupcakes, which include lavender, pistachio, chocolate butter cream, lemon blackberry and flying monkey (chocolate cake stuffed with bananas and vanilla butter cream), Michaels’ also tempts our taste buds with flourless peanut butter sandwich cookies, scones, croissants, etc. I highly recommend the pistachio cupcake, as the airy vanilla cake pairs perfectly with the light, buttery pistachio frosting that melts ever so delicately on your tongue. Sweet Perfection! And when you’ve satisfied you’re sweet tooth, sip on La Colombe coffee, assorted teas, bottled soda or a tall glass of orange juice (for those not in need of a caffeine high with their sugar rush). 

Flying Monkey store frontBefore devouring the decadent treats, take a moment to peer around the shop from your window seat and soak up the whimsical décor, designed by Melissa Kistler of Paper Satchel. The “Alice in Wonderland” blue walls pair perfectly with the pink rosebud chandelier, delicate wooden tables and charming window seat covered with array of cheerful pillows. The name itself, Flying Monkey, is artfully defined through the varied framed monkey paintings and prints purchased on Etsy.

If you need to ground yourself after floating in the sugary haven, take a step outside to the patio with views of a community garden, where you can escape into nature while indulging your senses with a scone and cup of tea.  As your mind drifts off while devouring baked goods and staring at tomatoes vines and sunflowers, you might begin to wish that cupcakes could grow on trees. Well, maybe, but only in your dreams or at least when monkeys fly.


Flying Monkey Deuce

1112 Locust St

Mon-Sat 8am-7pm  Sun 10am-3pm