It’s that time of year!
Happy Halloween, San Francisco! 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!
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 “Ice SCREAM Menu” featuring the following mouthwatering flavors:
- The Great Candycopia: Butterscotch ice cream with Kit Kats, Reeses, Snickers, Heath Bars and bourbon vanilla toffee
- Jack o’Lantern Pumpkin Bread: Soft chunks of pumpkin bread feature in a cream cheese ice cream base
- Don Bugito’s Creepy Crawly Critters: Matcha ice cream with toffee-brittle mealworms and chocolate crickets
- Black Cat Licorice & Lavender: Salted lavender ice cream with dark anise and fennel caramel
- Double Bubble Toil and Trouble: Bright blue vegan bubblegum ice cream
Locations: 586 Hayes St and 2201 Filmore St, San Francisco
2. Don Bugito
San Francisco-based Don Bugito had a shoutout in Salt and Straw’s seasonal ice cream flavors, but you can actually buy packs of these creepy crawlers for yourself! 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.
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
Noe Valley Bakery is pulling out all the stops when it comes to fall flavors,and they’re really leaning into the pumpkin! 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!
Location: 4073 24th St, San Francisco
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 more.
Locations: 3250 20th Ave, 754 Clement St, 3 Embarcadero Ctr, 542 Market St, and 345 Schwerin St, San Francisco
This chocolate power house is bringing back some beloved fall treats including chocolate-dipped key lime pears, Gianduja hazelnuts, and these heirloom chocolate pumpkins! While you’re at it, try the peanut butter pucks and “caramels to the third power.”
Location: Shop #30 in the Ferry Building, San Francisco
This charming shop sells beautifully delicate 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)
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 toffee crunch lattes (the addition of matcha is up to you) and U-Bae (ube) iced lattes. Stay tuned as we await more flavors!
Locations: 1222 Noriega St, 2018 Clement St, and 455 Grant Ave, San Francisco
This gourmet patisserie creates beautiful and elegant pastries, and they’re bringing some Halloween charm this season. The pictured treats are spooky “spider stones” with dark chocolate mousse, cassis mousse, chocolate sable breton, and a cherry coulis center. Other items include blackberry muffins with almond salted butter crumble and a white chocolate caramel apple tart.
Locations: 746 Valencia St, 1598 Yosemite Ave, and Ferry Building Farmers Market (Sundays), San Francisco
10. 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. You can get a giant Halloween box with nine half-pound bags of candy so you won’t miss anything!
Location: 1507 Vallejo St, San Francisco
Featured image: @noevalleybakery via Instagram