Hahdough, that sweet bakery that announced plans to set up shop last summer, and decided to open up a little window in the meantime, is finally, officially, opening its doors this Sunday in NoPa. Chef and owner Ha Do is originally from Vietnam, and grew up in Germany, so when she moved to the states, she started craving the traditional cakes from back home. She’s developed a fan following at the farmers’ markets, but this is her first official storefront. As the only German bakery in San Francisco, it’s especially exciting news for fans of traditional Black Forest cake, jammy Berliner donuts, and chewy pretzels.
The menu has expanded from her offerings at the farmers markets and bakery window to more donuts, pastries, and cakes, either whole or by the slice. The Berliner donut (or “Deutsch ancestor of the jelly donut”) is pumped with different flavors, including vanilla creme, nutella, apple preserves, and jams, made in house and rotating by season. The mini Berliner is sized down for kids or snacks. Half a dozen additional pastries get really fun to pronounce, from butterzopf (braided bread) to kirschtasche (cherry turnovers) to apfelstreuselkuchen (mini apple pie).
To be clear, Hahdough is a konditorei focused on pastries, as opposed to a boulangerie putting out bread, and the cakes really take the cake. Do is kicking it off with eight options, and may range up to a dozen, from traditional tortes to her own creations with beautiful colors and layers, including Black Forest cake piled with chocolate and cherries; Herrentorte or gentlemen’s cake layered with marzipan, apricot, and dark chocolate ganache; and a popular Bienenstich or “bee sting” cake gilded with honey and toasted almonds.
Coffee is courtesy of Linea, a local roasting company. And the shop itself is small but sweet, with a minty fresh coat of paint, the glass pastry case, and a couple of small tables in a back corner. “We wanted a space where you can meet a friend in the afternoon, and sit down with a slice of cake and cup of coffee,” Do told Eater SF last summer. “That’s an important tradition in German culture, and we want to introduce that to San Francisco.”
Hahdough officially opens this Sunday, March 1. Hours will be open Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.