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16 Fresh Sourdough Bakeries in San Francisco and the Bay Area

Sourdough bread rises around the world, but it’s a local legend in San Francisco

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Sourdough bread rises around the world, but it’s a local legend in San Francisco, dating back to the Gold Rush when miners relied on natural leavening to bake bread. Today, sourdough is a staple in the city by the bay, although it’s been reshaped over the years: The dense and heavy boules from Boudin, the crisp and light baguettes of Acme, the dramatically dark crust and custardy interior of Tartine, and the flavorful freshly milled grains from Josey Baker. Each has its place and is worth sampling, fresh or toasted, dunked in cioppino or topped with avocado. Here then are the wild western sourdough loaves of San Francisco.

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1. Wild Flour Bread

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140 Bohemian Hwy
Freestone, CA 95472
(707) 874-2938
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Locals are annoyed by how many cyclists and day-trippers have discovered their favorite roadside bakery in Freestone, but it is a dreamy breakfast stop before hitting some Russian River wineries or swimming holes. The bakery looks out on a field of cows, while the wood-fired brick oven puts out fragrant sourdough and scones.

2. Della Fattoria Bakery

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139 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 763-0161
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Della Fattoria opened in downtown Petaluma in 1995, and over the years has won bread and baguette accolades from Bon Appetit magazine, as well as putting out a cookbook approved by the domestic goddess herself, Ina Garten. Sadly, baker Kathleen Weber died of cancer in January 2020, but her sourdough legacy lives on.

Bread from Della Fattoria Della Fattoria

3. Acme Bread

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1601 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 524-1021
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Acme is a classic, founded in 1983 in Berkeley, and supplying dozens of restaurants around the Bay, including Chez Panisse. Steven and Suzie Sullivan started out with only one levain, sweet, light, and crisp. And you’ll still find it on many restaurant tables, ideal for smearing with local cheese or dunking in garlicky cioppino.

Sourdough from Acme Acme Bread

4. Firebrand Artisan Breads

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2343 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 594-9213
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Firebrand claims to be the only wood-fired bakery in Oakland, stoking the coals throughout the night to put out beautiful dark loaves tinged with smoke. Order online for pickup or delivery, choosing from batards, baguettes, and specialty walnut wheat and sprouted rye.

Bread from Firebrand Firebrand Artisan Breads

5. Base Camp Bakery at Grand Lake Farmers Market

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Splash Pad Park, 746 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

Husband-and-wife duo Chase Agee and Ayla Groom fuel the East Bay with big, blonde loaves of sourdough, including an oatmeal porridge that’s textured and tacky and a sesame durum that’s nice and toasty. Snag loaves at the Grand Lake, Kensington, or South Berkeley farmers’ markets, or online via Good Eggs.

Fresh bread from Base Camp Bakery Base Camp Bakery

6. Boudin Bakery Cafe

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160 Jefferson St Baker's Hall
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 928-1849
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Respect must be paid to Boudin, the great tourist sourdough of San Francisco. Boudin claims to have the Original San Francisco Sourdough (trademarked!), with a mother starter that dates back to the Gold Rush in 1849. It’s the iconic dense and tangy sourdough, and the flagship welcomes visitors on Fisherman’s Wharf with bread bowls brimming with chowder.

Clam chowder bread bowl from Boudin Bakery Boudin Bakery

7. Jane The Bakery

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1881 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 658-7971
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Jane started as just a coffee shop, but spinoff Jane the Bakery opened in 2016 and quickly rose to sourdough fame. Former head baker Jorgen Carlsen established an award-winning program for both sourdough and croissants, and while he’s since moved on, the good bread continues, with crusty loaves made from 100-percent California whole wheat, ancient grains, and spelt. 

8. Josey Baker Bread

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736 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 345-1953
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Josey Baker (real last name) was the first in San Francisco to roll a mill into a bakery, and freshly grind his own grains for the biggest, fullest flavor. Critics quibble about inconsistencies, and sure, the bread can occasionally be dense, a risk that comes with a more natural ingredient. But a good loaf of Josey Baker bread is perfectly oblong, with a dark and pliable crust, and the local wheat, rye, flax, and oats shine through.

Sourdough loaf from Josey Baker Bread Josey Baker Bread

9. Tartine Bakery

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600 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 487-2600
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There may never be a more perfect sourdough than when Chad Robertson personally manned the ovens at the original Tartine on Guerrero, shuttling out a limited number of loaves every evening. Tartine has since expanded and clashed with unions, but it’s still a training ground for young bakers, and has inspired imitators the world over. A Tartine loaf is enormous, with a dramatically dark crust, and a custardy crumb flecked with airy holes.

10. Avast Bakeshop at Outer Sunset Farmer's Market & Mercantile

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1994 37th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 465-2475
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Matthew Jay Jones was the longtime baker at Outerlands, a restaurant with outstanding sourdough. But with a lengthy closure during the pandemic, Jones struck out on his own, and now runs the wildly popular Avast Bakeshop at the Outer Sunset Farmers’ Market. His country loaf comes in two sizes, “large or smallish,” while other loaves feature emmer, einkorn, and rye.

Country loaf from Avast Bakeshop Avast Bakeshop

11. Rize up Bakery at Excelsior Coffee

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4495 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 347-7333
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Azikiwee Anderson is a former pro skater turned culinary pro who founded Rize Up, a black-owned microbakery. Anderson borrowed some starter from his buddies at Outerlands and is currently baking out of a production kitchen in Fisherman’s Wharf. Originally from New Orleans, he stuffs sourdough with jalapeno and bacon, confit garlic and thyme, black charcoal, and purple ube. Order online for pickup a few days a week at specific retail locations.

Sourdough from Rize Up Bakery Rize Up Bakery

12. Rosalind Bakery

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450 Manor Plaza
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 898-8636
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Matthew Kosoy ditched tech and started baking sourdough out of his home in 2016, before opening his bakery in 2019. The sourdough loaves are golden brown and lofty, with a tender crumb flecked with tighter bubbles, so toast toppings and sandwich fillings won’t fall through.

Sourdough from Rosalind Rosalind Bakery

13. Backhaus

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32 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 200-9493
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Anne Moser moved from Germany to California in 2013, and started baking bread with a cottage license, before finally opening her bakery in July of 2019. Today, she’s putting out bread, pretzels, and other sweet pastries.

Sourdough from Backhaus Backhaus

14. The Midwife and The Baker

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846 Independence Ave
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 336-7697
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Right in Google’s backyard, in a former Acme warehouse, the Midwife and the Baker is the highest volume bakery that’s milling its own flour in the Bay Area, grinding thousands of pounds of grains every week. Thomas “Mac” McConnell was an instructor at the San Francisco Baking Institute before taking on this challenge, and his bread is wildly flavorful and consistently beautiful. Order online to pick up or keep an eye out at local coffee shops.

Sourdough from the Midwife and the Baker The Midwife and the Baker

15. Manresa Bread

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271 State St
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 946-2293
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Manresa restaurant has three Michelin stars, and with that same fine-dining attention to detail, sister bakery Manresa Bread has a sourdough reputation. Avery Ruzicka partners with local farmers, mills her own grains, and bakes perfect loaves. There are now three locations in Los Gatos, Los Altos, and the latest and biggest in Campbell.

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16. Companion Bakeshop Westside Santa Cruz

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2341 Mission St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 471-8378
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Erin Lampel has agriculture degrees from both Cal Poly and UC Santa Cruz. She started baking sourdough in 2006, first partnering with farmers and sliding loaves into CSA boxes. The brick-and-mortar bakery opened in 2010, and regulars love the simple sourdough boules, also flavored with seeds, walnuts, goat cheese, and more.

Sourdough from Companion Bakeshop Companion Bakeshop

1. Wild Flour Bread

140 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, CA 95472

Locals are annoyed by how many cyclists and day-trippers have discovered their favorite roadside bakery in Freestone, but it is a dreamy breakfast stop before hitting some Russian River wineries or swimming holes. The bakery looks out on a field of cows, while the wood-fired brick oven puts out fragrant sourdough and scones.

140 Bohemian Hwy
Freestone, CA 95472

2. Della Fattoria Bakery

139 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952
Bread from Della Fattoria Della Fattoria

Della Fattoria opened in downtown Petaluma in 1995, and over the years has won bread and baguette accolades from Bon Appetit magazine, as well as putting out a cookbook approved by the domestic goddess herself, Ina Garten. Sadly, baker Kathleen Weber died of cancer in January 2020, but her sourdough legacy lives on.

139 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

3. Acme Bread

1601 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Sourdough from Acme Acme Bread

Acme is a classic, founded in 1983 in Berkeley, and supplying dozens of restaurants around the Bay, including Chez Panisse. Steven and Suzie Sullivan started out with only one levain, sweet, light, and crisp. And you’ll still find it on many restaurant tables, ideal for smearing with local cheese or dunking in garlicky cioppino.

1601 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

4. Firebrand Artisan Breads

2343 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Bread from Firebrand Firebrand Artisan Breads

Firebrand claims to be the only wood-fired bakery in Oakland, stoking the coals throughout the night to put out beautiful dark loaves tinged with smoke. Order online for pickup or delivery, choosing from batards, baguettes, and specialty walnut wheat and sprouted rye.

2343 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

5. Base Camp Bakery at Grand Lake Farmers Market

Splash Pad Park, 746 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Fresh bread from Base Camp Bakery Base Camp Bakery

Husband-and-wife duo Chase Agee and Ayla Groom fuel the East Bay with big, blonde loaves of sourdough, including an oatmeal porridge that’s textured and tacky and a sesame durum that’s nice and toasty. Snag loaves at the Grand Lake, Kensington, or South Berkeley farmers’ markets, or online via Good Eggs.

Splash Pad Park, 746 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

6. Boudin Bakery Cafe

160 Jefferson St Baker's Hall, San Francisco, CA 94133
Clam chowder bread bowl from Boudin Bakery Boudin Bakery

Respect must be paid to Boudin, the great tourist sourdough of San Francisco. Boudin claims to have the Original San Francisco Sourdough (trademarked!), with a mother starter that dates back to the Gold Rush in 1849. It’s the iconic dense and tangy sourdough, and the flagship welcomes visitors on Fisherman’s Wharf with bread bowls brimming with chowder.

160 Jefferson St Baker's Hall
San Francisco, CA 94133

7. Jane The Bakery

1881 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115

Jane started as just a coffee shop, but spinoff Jane the Bakery opened in 2016 and quickly rose to sourdough fame. Former head baker Jorgen Carlsen established an award-winning program for both sourdough and croissants, and while he’s since moved on, the good bread continues, with crusty loaves made from 100-percent California whole wheat, ancient grains, and spelt. 

1881 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115

8. Josey Baker Bread

736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Sourdough loaf from Josey Baker Bread Josey Baker Bread

Josey Baker (real last name) was the first in San Francisco to roll a mill into a bakery, and freshly grind his own grains for the biggest, fullest flavor. Critics quibble about inconsistencies, and sure, the bread can occasionally be dense, a risk that comes with a more natural ingredient. But a good loaf of Josey Baker bread is perfectly oblong, with a dark and pliable crust, and the local wheat, rye, flax, and oats shine through.

736 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

9. Tartine Bakery

600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

There may never be a more perfect sourdough than when Chad Robertson personally manned the ovens at the original Tartine on Guerrero, shuttling out a limited number of loaves every evening. Tartine has since expanded and clashed with unions, but it’s still a training ground for young bakers, and has inspired imitators the world over. A Tartine loaf is enormous, with a dramatically dark crust, and a custardy crumb flecked with airy holes.

600 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. Avast Bakeshop at Outer Sunset Farmer's Market & Mercantile

1994 37th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116
Country loaf from Avast Bakeshop Avast Bakeshop

Matthew Jay Jones was the longtime baker at Outerlands, a restaurant with outstanding sourdough. But with a lengthy closure during the pandemic, Jones struck out on his own, and now runs the wildly popular Avast Bakeshop at the Outer Sunset Farmers’ Market. His country loaf comes in two sizes, “large or smallish,” while other loaves feature emmer, einkorn, and rye.

1994 37th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94116

11. Rize up Bakery at Excelsior Coffee

4495 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112
Sourdough from Rize Up Bakery Rize Up Bakery

Azikiwee Anderson is a former pro skater turned culinary pro who founded Rize Up, a black-owned microbakery. Anderson borrowed some starter from his buddies at Outerlands and is currently baking out of a production kitchen in Fisherman’s Wharf. Originally from New Orleans, he stuffs sourdough with jalapeno and bacon, confit garlic and thyme, black charcoal, and purple ube. Order online for pickup a few days a week at specific retail locations.

4495 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112

12. Rosalind Bakery

450 Manor Plaza, Pacifica, CA 94044
Sourdough from Rosalind Rosalind Bakery

Matthew Kosoy ditched tech and started baking sourdough out of his home in 2016, before opening his bakery in 2019. The sourdough loaves are golden brown and lofty, with a tender crumb flecked with tighter bubbles, so toast toppings and sandwich fillings won’t fall through.

450 Manor Plaza
Pacifica, CA 94044

13. Backhaus

32 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
Sourdough from Backhaus Backhaus

Anne Moser moved from Germany to California in 2013, and started baking bread with a cottage license, before finally opening her bakery in July of 2019. Today, she’s putting out bread, pretzels, and other sweet pastries.

32 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401

14. The Midwife and The Baker

846 Independence Ave, Mountain View, CA 94043
Sourdough from the Midwife and the Baker The Midwife and the Baker

Right in Google’s backyard, in a former Acme warehouse, the Midwife and the Baker is the highest volume bakery that’s milling its own flour in the Bay Area, grinding thousands of pounds of grains every week. Thomas “Mac” McConnell was an instructor at the San Francisco Baking Institute before taking on this challenge, and his bread is wildly flavorful and consistently beautiful. Order online to pick up or keep an eye out at local coffee shops.

846 Independence Ave
Mountain View, CA 94043

15. Manresa Bread

271 State St, Los Altos, CA 94022
Baguettes from Manresa Bread Manresa Bread

Manresa restaurant has three Michelin stars, and with that same fine-dining attention to detail, sister bakery Manresa Bread has a sourdough reputation. Avery Ruzicka partners with local farmers, mills her own grains, and bakes perfect loaves. There are now three locations in Los Gatos, Los Altos, and the latest and biggest in Campbell.

271 State St
Los Altos, CA 94022

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16. Companion Bakeshop Westside Santa Cruz

2341 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Sourdough from Companion Bakeshop Companion Bakeshop

Erin Lampel has agriculture degrees from both Cal Poly and UC Santa Cruz. She started baking sourdough in 2006, first partnering with farmers and sliding loaves into CSA boxes. The brick-and-mortar bakery opened in 2010, and regulars love the simple sourdough boules, also flavored with seeds, walnuts, goat cheese, and more.

2341 Mission St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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