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18 Essential Bakeries in San Francisco

These beloved bakeries constitute San Francisco’s sweetest options for cakes, pies, cookies, and more

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San Francisco is no stranger to stellar baked goods. From award-winning croissants to trendsetting toast, jam-stuffed baby doughnuts to the jiggliest of egg tarts, bakeries around town cover every craving, in every corner of the city. This list rounds up the sweetest options with a variety of pastry offerings, but if you’re specifically looking for cake, pie, cookies, or the city’s famous sourdough dig into those deeper lists. And of course, the East Bay has excellent bakeries, too.

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Liguria Bakery

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This old-school North Beach bakery sells one thing only: focaccia. Bring cash and get in line for bubbly, chewy focaccia topped with onions, garlic, rosemary, mushrooms, or tomatoes. Served simply on white parchment, it’s fun to walk over to Washington Square and chew contemplatively on a park bench. The line does move along, but it wouldn’t hurt to pregame with a cappuccino.

B. Patisserie

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B. Patisserie chef Belinda Leong doesn't mess around when it comes to kouign amann, the buttery, flaky pastry that sends customers to her Pac Heights shop in droves. Don't miss out on the array of gorgeous cakes and macarons that grace the display cases, either — it's all worth the wait.

Kouign amann at B. Patisserie B. Patisserie

jina bakes

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The bakery innovator that first put kalbijjim short rib stew inside a croissant, Jina Bakes opened an official storefront in fall 2021, making the pop-up permanent. The French-Korean bakery has since expanded the menu to include a chewy injeolmi croissant topped with a rice cake and dusted in soy bean powder, black sesame pumped cream puffs, and matcha butter mochi.

Jane the Bakery

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Jane serves all manner of breads, breakfast pastries, cakes, tarts, and more at all four of its locations in San Francisco. There's a full lunch menu, too, with sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls, plus a selection of gluten-free goodies. Don't skip the avocado toast.

Arsicault Bakery

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After it was declared the "best croissant in America" by Bon Appétit, the lines for Armando Lacayo's flaky creations became overwhelmingly long. Years later, the Inner Richmond spot is still drawing lines for its skillfully executed kouign amann, almond croissants, morning buns, and more. And there’s a downtown location at Civic Center now, too.

Schubert's Bakery

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Schubert’s is an institution in the Richmond, known best for it’s magical Swedish Princess cake, “enrobed” in pale green marzipan. Originally founded by German immigrants in 1911, the bakery now features many old-world European cakes, as well as cookies, tarts, and turnovers.

Longtime regular customer Rick David (right) enjoys a pastry and coffee with his son Nicholas at Schubert’s Bakery on Clement Street in San Francisco, Calif. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 Photo By Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Breadbelly

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A trio of fine-dining chefs, coming from Atelier Crenn and Mourad, launched this popular Asian-American bakery, instantly recognized by its beautiful kaya toast and tidily cut sandwiches on soft milk bread.

Cinderella Bakery & Cafe

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For more than six decades, first as a diner and now a bakery and cafe, this bustling Russian baked-goods specialist has been right at home in the Little Russia district of the Richmond. The expansive menu features dark and chewy rye bread, puff-pastry pirogi filled with salmon or cabbage, and deep-fried piroshki stuffed with beef and cheese — and that’s before you even get into the sweets.

Chocolate rum rolls, pastry puffs, and cream filled horns at Cinderella bakery in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Cinderella bakery is the oldest homestyle Russian bakery in the bay area. Photo By Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Hahdough

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The only dedicated German bakery in San Francisco won an Eater Award for bakery of the year, thanks to Berliner baby doughnuts pumped with jam and beautiful Black Forest cakes decked with cherries. Chef and owner Ha Do is originally from Vietnam, but grew up in Germany, and wanted to share her favorite sweets.

Various slices of cakes topped with icing and fruit. Patricia Chang

Kantine

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The Scandinavian-inspired restaurant on Market puts out gorgeous porridge and smoked fish platters, but never underestimate the buns. Chef Nichole Accettola spent a decade in Copenhagen, and specializes in cinnamon knots, cardamom morning buns, and crunchy cookies, not to mention the occasional croissant-wrapped hot dog.

Cinnamon knot from Kantine Kantine

Arizmendi Bakery

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The worker-owned bakery collective is a long-cherished institution in the Bay Area, and this 9th Avenue spot comes out of that tradition. Arizmendi Bakery was founded by some members of the original bakery collective, the Cheeseboard in Berkeley, and has been keeping the Sunset full of pastries, cookies, baguettes, and pizza since 2000. Its daily changing pizza is always vegetarian and based on the Cheeseboard model: crust focused, with a film of cheese and toppings.

Baker and owner Michael Webb sweeping the sidewalk in front of Arizmendi bakery in San Francisco Calif., before the bakery opens on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Michael Webb has been with Arizmendi bakery for the past 6 years. Photo By Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Pineapple King Bakery

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This neighborhood favorite on Irving specializes in those crunchy-topped namesake buns. Those who cannot choose between butter and custard fillings can consult the “family tree,” starting with the “grandpa and grandma” plain pineapple bun and pineapple bun with butter, and getting a little more wild with the younger generations of guava butter or Spam. There’s also sweet Hong Kong–style milk tea, Chinese and Portuguese-style egg tarts, and pudding.

Guava butter bun at Pineapple King Pineapple King Bakery

Tartine Bakery

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Even if Tartine has become a Californian pastry empire, and management has feuded with employees, the original Tartine Bakery in Mission Dolores still has a line out the door. First timers usually go for the morning bun, a butter-bomb knot of croissant dough rolled in sugar and citrus zest. Award-winning sourdough, tarts, cookies, cakes, and more fill out the case.

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Craftsman and Wolves

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Mad scientist/baker William Werner’s masterpiece, the Rebel Within, manages to capture a soft boiled egg within a savory, sausage-studded cake. It’s served with a tiny vial of Tabasco salt for added oomph, and takes breakfast to a whole new level. Beautiful pastries and desserts are also available, from classic croissants to a “PBJ” kouign amann with raspberry peanut butter ganache and raspberry macaron.

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Neighbor Bakehouse

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Neighbor Bakehouse's croissants swing sweet and savory, including the everything option with poppy and sesame seeds, garlic, green onion, and cream cheese on the inside. The inventive menu also features kimchi toast, passionfruit buns, and more.

A tray of pastries. Neighbor Bakehouse

Devil's Teeth Baking Company

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From straight-up delicious breakfast sandwiches on hot buttermilk biscuits to lasagna at lunch, this Outer Sunset bakery has more to offer than just baked goods. But do not pass up the opportunity to pick up some donut muffins, lemon bars, pies, cookies, or scones. There's no wrong order. And in addition to the original location of the Sunset, a second location north of the park keeps the Richmond buttered, too.

La Mexicana Bakery

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In the heart of the Mission at 24th Street and York, this Mexican bakery is known for its rich and eggy pan dulce — shaped as seashells, turtles, alligators, and wiggling worms — as well as its Salvadoran sesame seed cake. It’s cash only, but less than 10 bucks will buy a tray of half a dozen sweet treats.

Black Jet Baking Co.

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Bernal Heights’ resident cute corner bakery deals in strong coffee and nostalgic treats.  Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, hardworking baker-owner Gillian Shaw makes old-fashioned yellow and devil’s food cakes, served up whole or by the slice, and in cupcake or mini-cupcake form. It’s a fully loaded case, with pecan sticky buns and sour cream coffee cake, plus egg sandwiches on bulkie rolls and even quarantine-comfort pot pie.

Pastries from Black Jet Baking Co. Black Jet Baking Co.

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Liguria Bakery

This old-school North Beach bakery sells one thing only: focaccia. Bring cash and get in line for bubbly, chewy focaccia topped with onions, garlic, rosemary, mushrooms, or tomatoes. Served simply on white parchment, it’s fun to walk over to Washington Square and chew contemplatively on a park bench. The line does move along, but it wouldn’t hurt to pregame with a cappuccino.

B. Patisserie

Kouign amann at B. Patisserie B. Patisserie

B. Patisserie chef Belinda Leong doesn't mess around when it comes to kouign amann, the buttery, flaky pastry that sends customers to her Pac Heights shop in droves. Don't miss out on the array of gorgeous cakes and macarons that grace the display cases, either — it's all worth the wait.

Kouign amann at B. Patisserie B. Patisserie

jina bakes

The bakery innovator that first put kalbijjim short rib stew inside a croissant, Jina Bakes opened an official storefront in fall 2021, making the pop-up permanent. The French-Korean bakery has since expanded the menu to include a chewy injeolmi croissant topped with a rice cake and dusted in soy bean powder, black sesame pumped cream puffs, and matcha butter mochi.

Jane the Bakery

Jane serves all manner of breads, breakfast pastries, cakes, tarts, and more at all four of its locations in San Francisco. There's a full lunch menu, too, with sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls, plus a selection of gluten-free goodies. Don't skip the avocado toast.

Arsicault Bakery

After it was declared the "best croissant in America" by Bon Appétit, the lines for Armando Lacayo's flaky creations became overwhelmingly long. Years later, the Inner Richmond spot is still drawing lines for its skillfully executed kouign amann, almond croissants, morning buns, and more. And there’s a downtown location at Civic Center now, too.

Schubert's Bakery

Longtime regular customer Rick David (right) enjoys a pastry and coffee with his son Nicholas at Schubert’s Bakery on Clement Street in San Francisco, Calif. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 Photo By Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Schubert’s is an institution in the Richmond, known best for it’s magical Swedish Princess cake, “enrobed” in pale green marzipan. Originally founded by German immigrants in 1911, the bakery now features many old-world European cakes, as well as cookies, tarts, and turnovers.

Longtime regular customer Rick David (right) enjoys a pastry and coffee with his son Nicholas at Schubert’s Bakery on Clement Street in San Francisco, Calif. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 Photo By Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Breadbelly

A trio of fine-dining chefs, coming from Atelier Crenn and Mourad, launched this popular Asian-American bakery, instantly recognized by its beautiful kaya toast and tidily cut sandwiches on soft milk bread.

Cinderella Bakery & Cafe

Chocolate rum rolls, pastry puffs, and cream filled horns at Cinderella bakery in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Cinderella bakery is the oldest homestyle Russian bakery in the bay area. Photo By Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

For more than six decades, first as a diner and now a bakery and cafe, this bustling Russian baked-goods specialist has been right at home in the Little Russia district of the Richmond. The expansive menu features dark and chewy rye bread, puff-pastry pirogi filled with salmon or cabbage, and deep-fried piroshki stuffed with beef and cheese — and that’s before you even get into the sweets.

Chocolate rum rolls, pastry puffs, and cream filled horns at Cinderella bakery in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Cinderella bakery is the oldest homestyle Russian bakery in the bay area. Photo By Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Hahdough

Various slices of cakes topped with icing and fruit. Patricia Chang

The only dedicated German bakery in San Francisco won an Eater Award for bakery of the year, thanks to Berliner baby doughnuts pumped with jam and beautiful Black Forest cakes decked with cherries. Chef and owner Ha Do is originally from Vietnam, but grew up in Germany, and wanted to share her favorite sweets.

Various slices of cakes topped with icing and fruit. Patricia Chang

Kantine

Cinnamon knot from Kantine Kantine

The Scandinavian-inspired restaurant on Market puts out gorgeous porridge and smoked fish platters, but never underestimate the buns. Chef Nichole Accettola spent a decade in Copenhagen, and specializes in cinnamon knots, cardamom morning buns, and crunchy cookies, not to mention the occasional croissant-wrapped hot dog.

Cinnamon knot from Kantine Kantine

Arizmendi Bakery

Baker and owner Michael Webb sweeping the sidewalk in front of Arizmendi bakery in San Francisco Calif., before the bakery opens on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Michael Webb has been with Arizmendi bakery for the past 6 years. Photo By Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

The worker-owned bakery collective is a long-cherished institution in the Bay Area, and this 9th Avenue spot comes out of that tradition. Arizmendi Bakery was founded by some members of the original bakery collective, the Cheeseboard in Berkeley, and has been keeping the Sunset full of pastries, cookies, baguettes, and pizza since 2000. Its daily changing pizza is always vegetarian and based on the Cheeseboard model: crust focused, with a film of cheese and toppings.

Baker and owner Michael Webb sweeping the sidewalk in front of Arizmendi bakery in San Francisco Calif., before the bakery opens on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Michael Webb has been with Arizmendi bakery for the past 6 years. Photo By Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Pineapple King Bakery

Guava butter bun at Pineapple King Pineapple King Bakery

This neighborhood favorite on Irving specializes in those crunchy-topped namesake buns. Those who cannot choose between butter and custard fillings can consult the “family tree,” starting with the “grandpa and grandma” plain pineapple bun and pineapple bun with butter, and getting a little more wild with the younger generations of guava butter or Spam. There’s also sweet Hong Kong–style milk tea, Chinese and Portuguese-style egg tarts, and pudding.

Guava butter bun at Pineapple King Pineapple King Bakery

Tartine Bakery