Best Places to Get Pretzels

Just out of the oven! Photo Jeff Ruppenthal.

Pretzels are a staple of Lancaster County life. America’s first commercial pretzel bakery was established in Lititz in 1861. That, combined with Lancaster County’s Pennsylvania Dutch roots, have made it a hub for pretzel bakeries—both local and national—many of which still produce traditional, hand-rolled soft and hard pretzels.

Auntie Anne’s

Auntie Anne’s may be a national chain, but its roots are here: its founder, Anne Beiler, formerly lived in Lancaster County and the company is headquartered in downtown Lancaster.

Lancaster Wal-Mart, 2034 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602 and other locations

(717) 390-8614

Bavarian Pretzel Bakery

This pretzel stand in the Park City mall sells hot-from-the-oven soft pretzels.

Center Court kiosk, Park City Center, 701 Park City Center, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 397-6433

Dutch Country Soft Pretzels

This bakery sells fresh soft pretzels – including gluten-free products – along with pre-baked frozen pretzels, soft pretzel mix and dipping mustards. You can tour the bakery and buy pretzels warm from the oven.

2758 Division Hwy, New Holland, PA 17557

(717) 354-4493

Hammond Pretzel Bakery

Billed as the oldest continuously family-operated hand-made pretzel bakery in America, this pretzel bakery has been making and selling hand-rolled sourdough pretzels in the same location since 1931.

716 S West End Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717)392-7532

Immergut Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels

The pretzel store at this bakery sells various flavors of Immergut’s hand-rolled soft pretzels.

3537 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA 17534

(717) 768-0657

Intercourse Pretzel Factory

This bakery recently reopened under new management. It sells tangy, Bavarian-style pretzels in its retail store..

3614 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA 17534

(717) 768-343

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

Founded in 1861, the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery was the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. Visitors can tour the bakery and even practice rolling pretzel dough. There’s also a factory store that sells a wide variety of pretzels.

219 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543

(717) 626-4354

Martin’s Pretzel Bakery

Martin’s sells hand-rolled hard pretzels and offers tours of its bakery.

1229 Diamond St, Akron, PA 17501

(717) 859-1272

Pretzels on Market

This market stand sells Philly-style soft pretzels, dips, breakfast pretzel sandwiches, pretzel wraps, gluten-free pretzels, pretzel mix and Hammond pretzels.

23 N Market St, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 538-3134

Uncle Henry’s Pretzel Bakery

Uncle Henry’s sells hand-rolled sourdough pretzels, and offers tours of the bakery by appointment.

1550 Bowmansville Rd, Mohnton, PA 19540

(717) 721-3290

— Mary Ellen Wright