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The 11 Best Bakeries In San Francisco

Sam MacKinnon, Celia Konstantellou, Pati Navalta Poblete | March 26, 2021 | Food & Drink Feature

San Francisco is no stranger to an amazing pastry, and with such a large market of bakeries, it may be hard to find the best ones. After calculated deliberation, these 11 bakeries are the true standouts of the city, and each for a variety of reasons. Whether they have an unbeatable croissant, stellar breads, or a sandwich that is to die for, these are the definitive best bakeries in San Francisco.

1. Thorough Bread and Pastry

A standout bakery in the city for their variety of croissant flavors, Thorough Bread and Pastry offers some of the most unique takes on baked goods in the market. Flavors like Raspberry Almond and Chocolate Banana are standouts on the menu; you will be hard-pressed to find flavors like these anywhere else. Additionally, they offer a wide range of breads and sandwiches, all of which are made from scratch. 248 Church St.

2. Boudin Bakery

As the oldest continuously operating business in San Francisco, Boudin Bakery and its sourdough are as iconic to the city as San Francisco’s famous landmarks. These are the folks who created the Original San Francisco Sourdough and have been making it fresh every day since 1849. When crafting a list of the best bakeries the city has to offer, including this original in the world of San Francisco’s iconic sourdough is essential. 160 Jefferson St.

3. Maison Nico

French-inspired market and cafe Maison Nico specializes in the traditional French culinary arts of pate en croûte, brioche feuilletée, terrines, seasonal tarts and many other Parisian-style treats. “Growing up in France, you can find incredible épiceries everywhere and tiny artisanal shops with perfect pates and some of the best brioche and pastries you’ve ever tasted,” says Michelin-starred chef Nicolas Delaroque. 710 Montgomery St.

4. Tartine Bakery

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A Bay Area cult classic, Tartine has four different locations all over San Francisco and has been putting out some of the best bread the city has to offer since their opening. Founders Chad Robinson and Elizabeth Prueitt created all of their signature bread and pastry recipes with the idea of bringing over intricate, handcrafted baked goods to the west coast. This is a staple of the city, and a must on the list of best bakeries. 600 Guerrero St.

5. B. Patisserie

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Founded by the former pastry chef of the two Michelin-starred Manresa Restaurant, this bakery brings opulence and French pastry to the city. Their 10 Hour Apple Tart is to die for, and their macarons, which are only available on weekends, are a stellar gluten free option for those with dietary restrictions. B. Patisserie brings France to the Bay Area in one of the most authentic ways the city has to offer, and their menu offers no wrong choices. 2821 California St.

6. Craftsman and Wolves

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This one-of-a-kind spot calls themselves a “contemporary San Francisco bakery and patisserie,” and with the menu they offer, they live up to their modern inspirations. Their most famous pastry, The Rebel Within, is a delectable savory muffin with a soft boiled egg inside of it; as you bite into the pastry, the egg yolk runs down the side to create a beautiful eating experience. 1598 Yosemite Ave.

7. Arsicault Bakery

Awarded by Bon Appetit in 2016 as the Best Bakery of the Year, this tiny bakery in Richmond still lives up to the hype. Their best offering is their croissant, which comes in plain, chocolate, almond, ham and cheese and chocolate almond form. The layers of the pastry melt in your mouth in a way that is almost unparalleled. If you are a fanatic for the classics, this is the best option in all of San Francisco. 397 Arguello Blvd.

8. Jane the Bakery

If bread is what you seek out of your bakery, Jane the Bakery’s cult following will provide you with just one option. One of the more accessible options on this list, Jane the Bakery offers a great variety of gluten-free choices, with a standout being their Nutty Bird Bread. Additionally, their paninis are some of the best in the city; a particular favorite is the Natural Duroc Ham. 2123 Fillmore St.

9. Neighbor Bakehouse

There are three words that give you the best description of this Dogpatch bakery: twice baked croissants. If you have never experienced the pastry-fueled heaven of this dish, you have to go and try it at Neighbor Bakehouse ASAP. They come in a variety of different flavors like pumpkin pecan praline and pistachio blackberry, utilizing unique flavor palettes with a baking style like you’ve never had before. 2343 3rd St.

10. Devil’s Teeth Baking Company

This bakery near the beaches of San Francisco quite literally has the best breakfast sandwich you will ever eat. They offer a plain version and a special version, and the special is where the true flavor comes out. Two scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon or sausage, avocado, and a signature lemon-garlic aioli (the star of the dish) are all seated on a made-from-scratch biscuit. A truly incredible bakery. 3876 Noriega St.

11. Cinderella Bakery

Closing out the list is Cinderella Bakery, an Eastern European bakery that achieved fame for their thousand layer honey cake. Their menu features an enormous variety of Russian baked goods, with pirogis and piroshkis that live up to all of the acclaim they receive. The outdoor seating provides wonderful ambiance to this little spot on Balboa Street. Sit back and enjoy a vatrushka at this iconic place, it won’t disappoint. 436 Balboa St.

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