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, or cookies, dig into those deeper lists. And of course, the East Bay has strong bakeries, too.Read More
22 Sweet Bakeries in San Francisco
These beloved bakeries around town are the sweetest options for cakes, pies, cookies, and more
1. Devil's Teeth Baking Company
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. Both the Sunset and Richmond locations are open, and order online for takeout or delivery.
2. Pineapple King Bakery
This neighborhood favorite on Irving specializes in their 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, egg tarts, and pudding.
3. Mr Bread Bakery
San Francisco, CA 94116
While we’re all wondering whether or not Golden Gate Bakery is open, keep in mind, there are other egg tarts around town. The Sam family specializes in Macau-style treats, including those shuddering custard tarts, as well as buns stuffed with everything from pineapple to pork floss. Walk in for takeout, and as always, it’s cash only.
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. Order online to pick up.
5. Arizmendi Bakery
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. Line up at the new to-go window.
6. Schubert's Bakery
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. Walk in for slices, or order online for whole cakes.
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7. Cinderella Bakery & Cafe
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. Walk in for takeout, or snag an outdoor table or seat in the parklet.
8. Arsicault Bakery
After it was declared the "best croissant in America" by Bon Appétit, the lines for Armando Lacayo's croissants 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. No online orders, but call ahead for a box of a dozen or more.
9. 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. Order online to pick up.
The only dedicated German bakery in San Francisco has won hearts for its traditional treats, from Berliner baby doughnuts pumped with jam to 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. She opened the shop just a couple of weeks before the city shut down, but the hardworking baker never turned off the ovens. Step right up to the window for slices to go, or order online for whole cakes.
11. Jane the Bakery
Jane serves all manner of breads, breakfast pastries, cakes, tarts, and more at all three of its locations in SF. 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. Order online to pick up, or get delivery through a few different apps.
12. Thorough Bread and Pastry
It might look like a humble neighborhood bakery from the outside, but Thorough is affiliated with the San Francisco Baking Institute, and it’s consistently put out good croissants, tarts, and cookies since the 90s. These days, they’re also offering sourdough baking kits, and who better to learn from than their master instructors? Walk in for pastries to go, or order online two days in advance.
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. Order online to pick up, or get delivery from a couple of different apps.
14. Miette Patisserie
It’s a sweets lover’s colorful fever dream inside Miette, where you can get cakes, cupcakes, cookies, candy, and much more, all in a very cute space. There’s also a stall in the Ferry Building.
15. Tartine Bakery
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. Order online for takeout and delivery.
16. 20th Century Cafe
Chances are you've seen the gorgeous layered Russian honey cake with salted honey buttercream on Instagram, perched atop gorgeous vintage plateware. 20th Century Cafe also sells lots of other Eastern European treats like housemade bagels with smoked salmon, pierogis, knish, and linzertorte. Order online to pick up.
17. Craftsman and Wolves
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. Order online for takeout, or get delivery through a couple of different apps.
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18. Maison Danel
Maison Danel opened with a sparkling array of French pastries at the beginning of 2020, then promptly closed again for the pandemic. But husband-and-husband Danel and David de Betelu have finally reopened, and are now boxing up the croissants, macarons, and tarts in pretty packaging. The full afternoon tea in a box is a stunner, and there are savory croques and cassoulets, as well. Order online for takeout or delivery.
From the bacon-cheddar-chive biscuit to the cherry-almond scone, the croissant stuffed with gianduja to the outstanding egg sandwiches, it’s hard to say what Kahnfections excels at. Baker Judy Kahn just has a way with butter. These days, she’s also dabbling in sandwiches and salads, for all those officially over quarantine cooking. Order online to pick up, and fair warning that she needs notice on the deep-dish quiche.
20. Black Jet Baking Co.
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. Order online to pick up, with a slightly different menu on weekdays and weekends.
21. La Mexicana Bakery
San Francisco, CA 94110
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.
22. Neighbor Bakehouse
San Francisco, CA 94107
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. Walk up on weekdays or pre-order for Saturdays.