SF Bakeries Roundup: Stop and Smell the Flour

Photo courtesy of Tartine Bakery & Café.

This round-up focuses on bakeries in San Francisco. If you’re in the East Bay, see our East Bay Bakeries Roundup: These Spots Take the Cake feature.

Locals here like their sweet carbs to go along with the caffeine. So when your affection for confections outweighs any current gluten-free, sugar-free trend, fear not—bakers abound. From basking in the butter of traditional flaky croissants to unraveling the twists and turns of your next monstrous cinnamon roll, you can dig into a dynamic array of world-class desserts at San Francisco’s bustling bakeries.

With so many places to choose from, here’s just a (cake) slice of BARTable bakeries inspiring folks to get out of bed that much more easily. Stop and smell the flour at these SF favorites where you’ll be lovin’ what comes out of the oven.

Photo courtesy of Tartine Bakery & Café.

Bon Appétit called it “America’s most influential bakery.” This is the home of the famous morning bun you’ll still be talking about at night. Some people come to Tartine when they visit San Francisco, some people come to San Francisco to visit Tartine. Here, tarts, cakes, breads and those buns bring locals and tourists back again and again to the corner of Guerrero and 18th streets. Expect a line beforehand and a food coma afterward.

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Tartine Bakery & Café

16th St. Mission (SF)

Photo courtesy of Craftsman & Wolves.

James Beard finalist Chef William Werner is at the helm of Craftsman & Wolves, where pastries and muffins with yolk-dripping eggs hiding at their center (known as the bestselling Rebel Within) are the staples. A sleek and trendy setting in the Mission complements the menu of this modern bakery and hangout hotspot. On show behind the glass partition sit an ever-changing selection of baked goods, savory and sweet, to meet your daily cravings.

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Craftsman & Wolves

16th St. Mission (SF)

Hayes Valley Bakeworks

Civic Center/UN Plaza (SF)

Photo courtesy of Instagram.

Destination Baking Company lives up to its name as the source of fresh baked breads and desserts in the Glen Park neighborhood. Owner Joe Schuver’s rolling racks of daily sweets draw BART riders off the train and into this small location on the corner of Chenery and Castro streets. Frosting-lathered cakes, fruit-filled tartelettes, bearclaws, sour cream pecan coffee cake, and Friday challah are just some of the regular menu items that inspire repeat customers.

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