August 04, 2014
San Francisco?s Tartine Bakery was recently named one of the 25 bakeries to should visit before you die. While the popularity of their morning buns and the long lines their country bread creates every morning are well known, Tartine is not the only bakery in town that is a bread winner. Below is a list of some of the best bakeries in San Francisco by neighborhood (including Tartine).
833 Corltand Avenue, http://www.sandboxbakerysf.com/
From the former pastry chef of the James Beard Foundation Award winning Slanted Door, Sandbox Bakery was originally intended to be a kid’s bakery. Due to space restrictions and the adult clientele in the neighborhood, they began baking fresh pastries and serving drip coffee. What’s popular: Morning Buns. What you should get: Chocolate banana hearts. Media contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thorough Bread & Pastry
248 Church Street, http://www.thoroughbreadandpastry.com/
Opened in 2008 by Michael and Evelyn Suas, Thorough Bread makes everything from scratch and only uses natural ingredients. What’s popular: Almond croissant. What you should get: Mini baguettes. Media contact: email@example.com
Golden Gate Bakery
1029 Grant Avenue
Only in San Francisco could a bakery located down a nondescript alley that is open odd hours could only have a cult following. And that’s Golden Gate Bakery. If it’s open, it’s worth the trip. If it’s not, you won’t know until you’re there. That’s the fun. What’s popular: Egg tart. What you should get: Egg tart.
Acme Bread Company
1 Ferry Building, http://www.acmebread.com/
Since 1983, Acme Bread Company has been striving to make the best bread possible. Calling the Ferry Building home, this bakery now serves more than 100 different products. What’s popular: Pain au Levain. What you should get: Olive Bread.
Boudin Sourdough Bakery
160 Jefferson Street, https://www.boudinbakery.com/index.cfm
The Boudin family came to San Francisco in 1849 and struck gold of the culinary kind. When they exposed yeast that was going to be made into French bread to the San Francisco air, sourdough bread as we know was created. What’s popular: Sourdough bread. What you should get: Sourdough bread. Media contact: Victoria Montano, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-913-1803
20th Century Caf?
198 Gough Street, http://20thcenturycafe.com/
Modeled after cafes in Vienna, Prague and Budapest, 20th Century Cafe whets the appetite of those looking for their Hungarian grandmother’s baking. What’s popular: The knishs. What you should get: Russian Honey Cake. Media contact: 415-621-2380
449 Octavia Street, https://www.miette.com/
With two San Francisco Locations, Miette is the place to find rare European brands of sweets, such as their legendary macaroons and seasonal cakes. What’s popular: Macaroons. What you should get: European candies. Media contact: email@example.com
Lower Pacific Heights
2821 California Street
Opened by a former Gary Danko and Manresa pastry chef, b. patisserie is described as a “heavenly” French bakery by its loyal following. What’s popular: Kouign Amann. What you should get: Any almond croissant.
La Victoria Mexican Bakery
2937 24th Street, http://www.lavictoriabakery.com/
One of the many panaderias that dot the Mission District, La Victoria stands out for delicious empanadas and pan dulce while supporting and fostering the community in the neighborhood. What’s popular: Pan Dulce. What you should get: Flourless Coconut Macaroon.
Craftsman & Wolves
746 Valencia Street, http://www.craftsman-wolves.com/
Although it?s one of the newest bakeries on the block, it already has lines out the door. The menu changes with the season. For the summer, they unveiled their very own, haute dog and the Rebel Within, a soft-boiled egg within a muffin. What’s popular: Rebel Within. What you should get: Rebel Within. Media contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
600 Guerrero Street, http://www.tartinebakery.com/????
A James Beard Award winner, Tartine is the original new-wave bakery that started the resurgence of San Francisco?s half-baked love. Arrive early to snag a spot in line for their insanely delicious morning buns. What’s popular: Morning Bun. What you should get: Lemon Cream Tart. Media contact: Olga Katsnelson, email@example.com
2901 Mission Street, http://missionpie.com/
Good pie is worth sharing. This is Mission Pie’s top promise and they deliver on it with 28 sweet and savory pies. What’s popular: Banana Cream. What you should get: Strawberry Rhubarb. Media contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Noe Valley Bakery
4073 24th Street, http://www.noevalleybakery.com/
Noe Valley Bakery was serving cupcakes before they were a thing, but that?s not what makes them amazing. It’s their fresh-baked challah, window display of trains and amazing customer service. It?s well worth the trip up the hill from the Mission. What’s popular: Red Velvet Cupcakes. What you should get: Challah or blueberry scones. Media contact: email@example.com
Victoria Pastry Company
700 Filbert Street
A Princess Cake is everything a princess wants when she gets a sweet tooth ?- a layer cake consisting of alternating layers of sponge cake and strawberry or fruit jam with whipped cream and pastry cream. Look no further than Victoria Pastry to deliver the city’s best. What’s popular: Princess Cake. What you should get: Almond Cake or Canoli.
1700 Stockton Street
In San Francisco there are bakeries, and then there’s Liguria, a focaccia-only bakery in North Beach. What’s popular: Focaccia. What you should get: Pizza or the rosemary garlic focaccia.
736 Divisadero Street, http://themillsf.com/
The Mill is a delicious venture from Josey Baker Bread and Four Barrel Coffee. Contributing to the ?toast craze,? all of Josey Baker’s Bread can be sliced into a thick-cut piece and served with a seemingly endless amount of toppings. The space is perfectly designed to let gorgeous light in at all times of the day. What’s popular: Cinnamon Toast. What you should get: Birthday Toast or Peanut Butter Toast with Honey. Media contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pretty Please Bakeshop
291 3rd Avenue, http://www.prettypleasesf.com/
Pretty Please Bakeshop is an independently and locally owned bakery located in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond, specializing in custom cakes and classic treats, with a modern sensibility and baked in-house, from scratch, using only the finest ingredients. What’s popular: Twinks and ding-dongs. What you should get: Cheesecake. Media contact: Alison Okabayashi, Alison@prettypleasesf.com
3619 Balboa Street, http://www.marlabakery.com/ee/index.php/site/
The newest bakery on the block, Marla Bakery was opened in June 2014 by a husband and wife team who met at NOPA (the restaurant North of the Panhandle) Which is also the space where they got married. They now serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. What’s popular: Cherry-lemon scones. What you should get: Candied-orange pain au chocolat. Media contact: email@example.com
1408 Clement Street, http://theheartbaker.com/
Heartbaker comes from pastry chef Sybil Johnson, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Her handcrafted baked goods combine professional refinement and homemade flavor to produce explosions of flavor. Check out this item on the menu: An Italian doughnut with the word “bomb” in it. What’s popular: Bomboloni. What you should get: Candied-orange pain au chocolat. Media contact: Sybil Johnson, Sybil@theheartbaker.com, 415-592-6008
521 Clement Street, http://www.schuberts-bakery.com/schuberts-most-popular-cakes
Known simply as the House of Cakes, Schubert’s Bakery has been in the city since 1911. At its current location since 1940, Schubert’s has continued to make cakes the artisanal way with traditional flavors and the addition of new items over the years. What’s popular: Neapolitan and the Opera Cake. What you should get: Swedish Princess Cake.
1196 Folsom Street, http://pinkiesbakerysf.com/
Pinkie’s should actually be called the House that the Bacon Brioche Built. Cheryl Burr heads this SOMA spot, dishing out savory and sweet treats that have been named some of the best this side of the Mississippi by many national publications. What’s popular: Bacon Brioche. What you should get: Bacon Brioche and the lemon bars. Media contact: 415-556-4900
1331 9th Street (there’s another location in the Mission on Valencia and 24th), http://www.arizmendibakery.com/
A disciple of Cheeseboard in Berkeley, Arizmendi Bakery is a cooperative that started in the East Bay and moved to San Francisco in 2000. Like Cheeseboard, Arizmendi has delicious baked goods and a pizza of the day ? different every day and 100% vegetarian. Even meat eaters can’t say no. What’s popular: Pizza of the Day. What you should get: Pizza of the Day. Media contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Devil’s Teeth Baking Company
3875 Noriega Street, http://devilsteethbakingcompany.com/
Located in the sleepy neighborhood of Outer Sunset, Devil’s Teeth is worth the trip. Opened by a wife whose husband complained about the lack of good breakfast sandwiches, DTBC is home to one of the best in the city. This baking outpost was one of the first in its neighborhood?s rejuvenation and you can feel the unique energy here. What’s popular: Breakfast sandwich. What you should get: Beignets or the doughnut muffin. Media contact: email@example.com, 415-683-5533
Trouble Coffee & Coconut Club
4033 Judah Street, http://www.troublecoffee.com/content
Trouble Coffee is a small coffee shop that specializes in three things: coffee, toast and coconuts. What’s popular: Coffee and Cinnamon Toast. What you should get: Coconut and Cinnamon Toast with Nutella.
170 O’Farrell Street, http://www.toutsweetsf.com/
Located within Macy?s, this patisserie was opened by former ?Top Chef? and ?Just Desserts? winner Yigit Pura. What’s popular: 5th Element Macaron. What you should get: Orange Creamsicle Macaron. Media contact:
Jessica Rohrig, Jessica@toutsweetsf.com
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