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11 Delightful Macarons To Try in San Francisco

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The receding great cupcake wave has made way for other ascendant sweets, and macarons are still a rising star. Perhaps the delicate French treat is so of-the-moment because of its charming, Instagrammable looks. Maybe they're popular because their almond meringue is naturally gluten-free. Regardless, they're expensive — and addictive — and as a result, San Francisco bakers are churning out seemingly every imaginable flavor combo to delight macaron maniacs. Whether you're seeking standard chocolate and vanilla, a macaron with Szechuan peppercorn inside, or a macaron flavored with the wine trend of the day — rosé — these 11 spots are our favorites for the super-popular sweet.

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1. Chantal Guillon Macarons & Tea

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437 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 864-2400
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In 2008, Chantal Guillon was founded in Hayes Valley, a prime market for beautiful, expensive things, expanding in 2012 to Palo Alto and SoMa in 2014. Chantal guillon offers standard flavors like coffee and Tahitian vanilla, but isn't afraid to get into some weirder offerings, like orange-olive oil or chocolate-bacon. They also serve fancy tea from fancy French brand Mariage Freres.

2. Miette Patisserie

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1 Ferry Building, Ste 10
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 837-0300
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Serving Ferry Building tourists, Hayes Valley shoppers, and visitors to Oakland's Jack London Square, this candy shop and patisserie knows its macarons. Flavors rotate seasonally, with options like chocolate lavender and rose geranium. Miette, which is french for crumb, was born at the Berkeley Farmers' market, which probably explains the seasonality bit.

3. Tout Sweet Patisserie

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251 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 824-1086
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This small shop located on the third floor of the Women's Macy's comes from Top Chef: Just Desserts winner Yigit Pura. His macaron flavors are as wild as the rest of his offerings: think chili-dark chocolate, bing cherry-bourbon, and ginger-sesame milk chocolate.

4. Le Marais Bakery & Bistro

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2066 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 359-9801
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Hazelnut, passion fruit, and raspberry-chocolate are among the compelling macarons on offer at this charming Parisian-inspired bakery with — count 'em — three locations. Their original location got a baking boost from their Ghirardelli Square (900 North Point Street) expansion, and their most recent (and adorable) location is at 498 Sanchez Street in the Castro.

5. L'artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons

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255 Mendell St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 725-0337
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While this commercial bakery run by a French native doesn't have a cafe of its own, you can find its wares at Whole Foods and Gourmet & More. Flavors include lemon, chocolate mint, almond, and tiramisu. For those feeding a crowd, larger orders of macarons can be picked up at the Bayview facility.

6. B. Patisserie

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2821 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 440-1700
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Belinda Leong trained with French macaron master Pierre Herme, and it shows in her treats, which boast fun flavors like chocolate-cherry, strawberry-vanilla-cassis, and carrot. There's even a seasonally changing macaron tree in the back of the shop. But be warned: the time-intensive goodies are only available on the weekend.

7. DeLise

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327 Bay St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 399-9694
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This Fisherman's Wharf dessert spot has some out-there macarons, including the Dragon's Passion (Szechuan peppercorn and passion fruit) and the hazelnut-maple-orange. You can also sample Asian-inspired classics like sesame-green tea, or all-American red velvet.

8. Marla Bakery

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3619 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 742-4379
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Former Nopa pastry chef Amy Brown knows her sweets, and she occasionally has some pretty killer (and sizable) $2 macarons in the fully-stuffed case. Flavors rotate seasonally, but might include peach, milk chocolate-black pepper, and jasmine-lemon verbena.

9. House of Silvanas Bakeshop

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2500 gellert street
Daly City, CA 94015
(650) 878-8700
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If you love macarons, give silvanas a try. A popular treat in the Philippines, they're made of cashew meringue (instead of the French-style almond), with buttercream in the center, and are coated in cookie crumbs and served frozen. Ube, mocha, and mango are among the flavors offered here.

10. Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie

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3861 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
These French-trained farmer's market favorites only stock macarons once a month, but if they have them, definitely be sure to sample one. Flavors have included lavender milk chocolate, cherry black pepper, and coconut with smoked salt caramel. Order them online, if you want to be sure to get some

11. Sift Dessert Bar

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2411 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 580-3030
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2011 Cupcake Wars (Food Network) winner Sift (the trio Andrea Ballus, Jeff Ballus, and Corey Fanfa) have also won the Macaro game with a "rosé all day" wine macaron. Other flavors like churro and salted caramel — as well as plenty of other sweets — can be found at their shops in San Francisco and farther afield in Petaluma, Napa, Santa Rosa, and Cotati.

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1. Chantal Guillon Macarons & Tea

437 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
In 2008, Chantal Guillon was founded in Hayes Valley, a prime market for beautiful, expensive things, expanding in 2012 to Palo Alto and SoMa in 2014. Chantal guillon offers standard flavors like coffee and Tahitian vanilla, but isn't afraid to get into some weirder offerings, like orange-olive oil or chocolate-bacon. They also serve fancy tea from fancy French brand Mariage Freres.
437 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

2. Miette Patisserie

1 Ferry Building, Ste 10, San Francisco, CA 94105
Serving Ferry Building tourists, Hayes Valley shoppers, and visitors to Oakland's Jack London Square, this candy shop and patisserie knows its macarons. Flavors rotate seasonally, with options like chocolate lavender and rose geranium. Miette, which is french for crumb, was born at the Berkeley Farmers' market, which probably explains the seasonality bit.
1 Ferry Building, Ste 10
San Francisco, CA 94105

3. Tout Sweet Patisserie

251 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
This small shop located on the third floor of the Women's Macy's comes from Top Chef: Just Desserts winner Yigit Pura. His macaron flavors are as wild as the rest of his offerings: think chili-dark chocolate, bing cherry-bourbon, and ginger-sesame milk chocolate.
251 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Le Marais Bakery & Bistro

2066 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Hazelnut, passion fruit, and raspberry-chocolate are among the compelling macarons on offer at this charming Parisian-inspired bakery with — count 'em — three locations. Their original location got a baking boost from their Ghirardelli Square (900 North Point Street) expansion, and their most recent (and adorable) location is at 498 Sanchez Street in the Castro.
2066 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

5. L'artisan Gourmet Parisian Macarons

255 Mendell St, San Francisco, CA 94124
While this commercial bakery run by a French native doesn't have a cafe of its own, you can find its wares at Whole Foods and Gourmet & More. Flavors include lemon, chocolate mint, almond, and tiramisu. For those feeding a crowd, larger orders of macarons can be picked up at the Bayview facility.
255 Mendell St
San Francisco, CA 94124

6. B. Patisserie

2821 California St., San Francisco, CA 94115
Belinda Leong trained with French macaron master Pierre Herme, and it shows in her treats, which boast fun flavors like chocolate-cherry, strawberry-vanilla-cassis, and carrot. There's even a seasonally changing macaron tree in the back of the shop. But be warned: the time-intensive goodies are only available on the weekend.
2821 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

7. DeLise

327 Bay St, San Francisco, CA 94133
This Fisherman's Wharf dessert spot has some out-there macarons, including the Dragon's Passion (Szechuan peppercorn and passion fruit) and the hazelnut-maple-orange. You can also sample Asian-inspired classics like sesame-green tea, or all-American red velvet.
327 Bay St
San Francisco, CA 94133

8. Marla Bakery

3619 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Former Nopa pastry chef Amy Brown knows her sweets, and she occasionally has some pretty killer (and sizable) $2 macarons in the fully-stuffed case. Flavors rotate seasonally, but might include peach, milk chocolate-black pepper, and jasmine-lemon verbena.
3619 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

9. House of Silvanas Bakeshop

2500 gellert street, Daly City, CA 94015
If you love macarons, give silvanas a try. A popular treat in the Philippines, they're made of cashew meringue (instead of the French-style almond), with buttercream in the center, and are coated in cookie crumbs and served frozen. Ube, mocha, and mango are among the flavors offered here.
2500 gellert street
Daly City, CA 94015

10. Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie

3861 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
These French-trained farmer's market favorites only stock macarons once a month, but if they have them, definitely be sure to sample one. Flavors have included lavender milk chocolate, cherry black pepper, and coconut with smoked salt caramel. Order them online, if you want to be sure to get some
3861 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

11. Sift Dessert Bar

2411 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115
2011 Cupcake Wars (Food Network) winner Sift (the trio Andrea Ballus, Jeff Ballus, and Corey Fanfa) have also won the Macaro game with a "rosé all day" wine macaron. Other flavors like churro and salted caramel — as well as plenty of other sweets — can be found at their shops in San Francisco and farther afield in Petaluma, Napa, Santa Rosa, and Cotati.
2411 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115

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