It’s hard to deny that the fall season brings some of the best flavors on the calendar. We’re talking pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and every scent that you want wafting through your kitchen. Well, that fact is certainly not lost on San Francisco’s bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops, because they are busy churning out an epic lineup of delicious treats.
Read on to find out where, and be sure to indulge ASAP because these seasonal items won’t be around for long.
1. Salt and Straw
Salt & Straw is a legendary ice cream shop out of Portland that never disappoints when it comes to new and unique flavors. Lucky for us, they have 2 locations in San Francisco.Check out their epic Harvest Festival series featuring the following mouthwatering flavors:
- Beecher’s Flagship Cheese with Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
- Caramel Apple Sherbet
- Pinot Poached Pear Sherbet
- Plum and Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread
- Spiced Goat Cheese Pumpkin Pie
Locations: 586 Hayes St and 2201 Filmore St, San Francisco
2. Don Bugito
SF-based Don Bugito operates year-round, but in case you forgot, take this as your reminder to stock up on edible bugs. Think dark chocolate crickets with amaranth seeds, chili-lime crickets with pumpkin seeds, granola bites with cricket flour (yes, CRICKET FLOUR) and toasted mealworms! If you’re loathe to bring bugs into your diet, maybe you’ll give them a chance if it’s Halloween season.
3. Fillmore Bakeshop
This beloved bakery never disappoints, and they’re just starting to roll out some adorable seasonable cookies and other treats! Previous years’ creations have included beautiful chocolate sculptures, jack o’lantern bread loaves, snake baguettes, butterfinger bark, mummy eclairs, and other creepy critters.
Location: 1890 Fillmore St, San Francisco
4. Noe Valley Bakery
Noe Valley Bakery pulls out all the stops when it comes to fall flavors, and they’re really leaning into the pumpkin this year! Chow down on pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice cookies, and more. Not to mention their gingerbread scones, pecan tartlet, and ghost pumpkin cutout cookies. These fall products will be available starting in October.
Location: 4073 24th St, San Francisco
5. See’s Candies
Get your chocolate fix this year with See’s Candies! They’re turning out these adorable Halloween orange and chocolate creams with ghosts and pumpkin decorations, plus other treats including caramel apple lollipops, candy sugar skulls, and countless others. Their Día de los Muertos collection is also worth a gander for its gorgeous packaging and fun chocolate selection.
- 3250 20th Ave, 754 Clement St, 3 Embarcadero Ctr, 542 Market St, and 345 Schwerin St, San Francisco
6. Recchiuti Confections
This chocolate power house is bringing back some beloved fall treats including chocolate-dipped key lime pears and fan-favorite S’mores Bites, which have gourmet vanilla bean marshmallows atop handmade graham crackers all smothered in chocolate. While you’re at it, try their whiskey pairing collection for a unique home tasting experience.
Location: Shop 30 in the Ferry Building, San Francisco
7. Miette Patisserie
This charming shop sells beautifully delicate pumpkin cheesecake, cupcakes, cakes, macarons, and other pastries! Catch them this fall stocked up on gourmet Halloween candy, including licorice, chocolates, nuts, gummies, Turkish Delight, and more.
Locations: Shop 10 in the Ferry Building and 449 Octavia St, San Francisco (see more Bay Area locations here)
8. Home Coffee Roasters
This lovely coffee shops makes impressive latte art complete with multiple colors and sprinkles. This fall, they’re bringing seasonal flavors in the form of pumpkin pie lattes (the addition of matcha is up to you). Stay tuned as we await more flavors!
Locations: 1222 Noriega St, 2018 Clement St, and 455 Grant Ave, San Francisco
9. The Candy Store
The Candy Store is your go-to spot for carefully curated, gourmet candy from around the world. Halloween candy includes fruity skulls, candy fangs, candy corn, tangerine pumpkins, peanut butter eyeballs, chocolate monsters and ghouls, gummy body parts, candy corn taffy, and more.
Location: 1507 Vallejo St, San Francisco
10. Jane the Bakery
Jane the Bakery is baking up some delicious hand-held chicken pot pies that are perfect for a seasonal snack or appetizer. Other fall pastries include their chocolate chai scone, apple cider cream brioche, and pecan pie turnovers.
Location: 1881 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco
11. Neighbor Bakehouse
No, it is not too early to order your Thanksgiving pumpkin pies from Neighbor Bakehouse! This is the place to go for all your fall pie needs, but be sure to pre-order in advance.
Location: 2343 3rd St #100, San Francisco
Avotoasty upped the ante this season with their classic pumpkin spice latte served in an actual pumpkin! Check it out along with their pumpkin bread with sweet cream cheese and other fall treats starting October 1.
Location: 1796 Union St, San Francisco
13. Mitchell’s Ice Cream
Mitchell’s Ice Cream rotates in exciting new seasonal flavors every few months. This fall they’ll treat us to pumpkin, eggnog, cinnamon snap, ginger spice, peppermint candy, and spumoni.