These incredible bakeries are local favorites for a reason!
Who’s hungry? San Franciscans with a sweet tooth have it easy in this glorious city, because SF bakeries absolutely do not mess around. We’re talking enormous flaky croissants, meticulously decorated cakes, buttery danishes, sweet and simple tarts, savory empanadas, SF-style sourdough bread, and basically anything else you can imagine.
We wanted to get to the bottom of where San Franciscans get their baked goods, so we posted an Instagram poll asking for recommendations. We had over 100 responses and counting, our best turnout yet! In the end, here are the highest-recommended bakeries in the city. They’re in order based on how many people nominated them… scroll to the bottom for a lengthy list of honorable mentions!
This iconic bakery comes very highly recommended! Their formidable menu is in-tune with the seasons, so you’ll find many different flavors year-round in their croissants, bostock, coffeecake, and quiche. Popular pastries also include their 10-hour apple tart, assorted macarons (weekends only), and vanilla cassis cake. Pictured are their popular Thanksgiving tarts, which are likely to return soon!
Location: 2821 California St
Here’s another very highly-recommended bakery with a straightforward menu and a no-fuss facade! Their daily pastries include a variety of incredible croissants (flavors include chocolate, almond, and ham & cheese), kouign-amann cakes, morning buns, and a selection of scones (cranberry coconut and current are just a few).
Locations: 397 Arguello Blvd and 87 McAllister St
Tartine has been a San Francisco staple forever! It’s even expanded to LA and Seoul, which means this is the real deal. Tartine is well-known for their excellent breads, but the pastries themselves receive the same amount of careful attention. In 2007, food columnist Mark Bittman of the NY Times crowned Tartine as his favorite bakery in the US. The owners have also won awards from the James Beard Foundation.
Locations: 600 Guerrero St, 595 Alabama St, 1226 9th Ave, and SFO International Airport
Arizmendi is a worker-owned cooperative famous for its work with Cheeseboard pizza in Oakland. The menu varies each day and seasonally, meaning you’ll always find new flavor combos! This bakery boasts an impressive bread selection, including challah, sourdough, and foccaccia. Not to mention delicious scones, muffins, sweets, and more.
Locations: 1331 9th Ave and 1272 Valencia St
This upscale bakery chain has an excellent variety of baked goods alongside their delicious food menu. Everything is baked in-house at Jane the Bakery, where you’ll find the best selection, but you still find baked goods at their other locations. Get amazing fresh bread, scones, muffins, cakes, cookies, and much more.
Location: 1881 Geary Blvd (bakery), 2123 Fillmore St, 925 Larkin St, and 401 Clement St
Here’s a bright kitchen and cafe where you can see everything being made before your eyes! Morning pastries include croissants, coffee cakes, danishes, muffins, and buns with flavors such as pistachio blackberry, chocolate hazelnut, caramelized banana, guava and cream cheese, blueblerry sunflower, and more. Don’t forget their bread selection which includes sourdough, ciabatta, bagels, and honey whole wheat.
Location: 2343 3rd St
Le Marais Bakery serves up a delicious French menu including avocado croissant toast, brioche and jam, eggs benedict, croque madame, scones with seasonal fruit, and brownies. Their bistro menu is unreal, making this a great place for breakfast, brunch and lunch.
Locations: 2066 Chestnut St, 498 Sanchez St, and 1138 Sutter St (coffee and bakery only)
Les Gourmands was the top-rated French bakery in San Francisco this year! The gorgeous interior is only the beginning, because the impressive spread includes pain chocolat, apple turnovers, chocolate croissants, oranais, and more.
Location: 280 5th St
Noe Valley Bakery pulls out all the stops when it comes to seasonal baked goods. Halloween season especially means pumpkin everything including mini pumpkin cheesecakes, pumpkin spice cookies, and more. Aside from their exquisite breakfast pastries, house cakes, and breads, they also sell packs of bake-at-home mixes for cookies and scones.
Locations: 4073 24th St and 28 W Portal Ave
This beloved spot in the Castro boasts authentic French-style pastries. Think raspberry almond and chocolate banana croissants, spinach artichoke turnovers, coconut macaroons, carrot cake, cream puffs, cheesecake, and more. An added bonus: they have Mexican wedding cookies !
Location: 248 Church St
- La Boulangerie
- Schubert’s Bakery
- Kings Bakery Cafe
- Jina Bakes
- Cinderella Bakery & Cafe
- Bob’s Donuts
- Liguria Bakery
- Wholesome Bakery
- Mariposa Baking Company
- The Mill
- Goûté Bakery
- Maison Nico
- Marla Bakery & Catering
- Stella Pastry & Café
- Vive la tarte
- Saltwater Bakeshop
- Pineapple King Bakery
- Craftsman and Wolves
- Lady M
- La Farine (Oakland)
- Golden Gate Bakery (temporarily closed)
Featured image: Les Gourmands Creative Studio. Via @lesgourmandsbakery on Instagram