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25 Essential Bakeries in San Francisco

These beloved bakeries around town are the 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, or cookies, dig into those deeper lists. And of course, the East Bay has excellent bakeries, too.

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1. Liguria Bakery

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1700 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 421-3786

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.

2. B. Patisserie

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2821 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 440-1700
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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.

3. Maison Danel

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1030 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 685-5900
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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 started boxing up the croissants, macarons, and tarts in pretty packaging. Finally sitting down to a full spread for afternoon tea is stunning, and don’t miss out on brunch, with savory croques and cassoulets, as well.

4. jina bakes

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1581 Webster St Suite 150
San Francisco, CA 94115

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.

5. Jane the Bakery

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1881 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 658-7971
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Jane serves all manner of breads, breakfast pastries, cakes, tarts, and more at all three 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.

Jane on Fillmore

6. Arsicault Bakery

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397 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-9460
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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. And there’s a downtown location at Civic Center now, too.

7. Schubert's Bakery

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521 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 752-1580
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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.

Princess cake at Schubert’s Caleb Pershan

8. Breadbelly

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1408 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 349-0969
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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.

9. Cinderella Bakery & Cafe

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436 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-9690
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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.

Cake from Cinderella Bakery & Cafe Cinderella Bakery & Cafe

10. Miette Patisserie

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449 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 626-6221
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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.

11. Hahdough

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1221 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 590-2051
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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. She opened the shop just a couple of weeks before the city shut down, but the hardworking baker never turned off the ovens.

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

12. Kantine

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1906 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 735-7123
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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

13. Thorough Bread and Pastry

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248 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 558-0690
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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?

Bread in baskets at Thorough Bread and Pastry Thorough Bread and Pastry

14. Arizmendi Bakery

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1331 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 556-3117
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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.

15. Pineapple King Bakery

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1915 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 702-6118
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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.

Guava butter bun at Pineapple King Pineapple King Bakery

16. Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie

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3376 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

After many years of baking behind the scenes, Le Dix Sept burst open in the Mission in fall 2020 with an array of beautiful botanical pastries. Baker Michelle Hernandez trained in pastry in Paris, and now infuses her creations with her Guamanian and Mexican heritage, with beautiful pink and purple hues, buttercream flowers climbing cakes, chewy nougat flecked with seeds, and pretty perfect canneles.

Knots from Le Dix-Sept Patisserie Le Dix-Sept Patisserie

17. Tartine Bakery

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600 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 487-2600
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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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18. Craftsman and Wolves

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746 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 913-7713
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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.

The Rebel Within
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19. Neighbor Bakehouse

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2343 3rd St
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.

20. Kahnfections

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3321 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 525-3328
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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.

Biscuit sandwich from Kahnfections Kahnfections

21. Devil's Teeth Baking Company

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3876 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 683-5533
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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 is keeping the Richmond buttered, too.

22. La Mexicana Bakery

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2804 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-2633

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.

23. Noe Valley Bakery

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4073 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 550-1405
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The village of Noe Valley has enjoyed a sweet family-owned bakery for more than 25 years, which serves good quiche and scones, sandwich bread and seeded baguettes, and birthday cakes for special order. In a toddler-run neighborhood, it also excels in mini cookies, mini cupcakes, and cute window displays filled with electric trains.

24. Black Jet Baking Co.

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833 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 829-3905
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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.

25. Ambrosia Bakery

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2605 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 334-5305
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Ambrosia first opened on this small slip of Ocean Ave in 1988, and the bakery has since earned a dedicated following in the neighborhood, where regulars ring in for Sunday morning croissants and order special cakes. The Truong family has mastered cakes that aren’t too sweet, including a Princess Cake draped in green marzipan and Fantasia Cake layered with airy fruit and cream.

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1. Liguria Bakery

1700 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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.

1700 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

2. B. Patisserie

2821 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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.

2821 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115

3. Maison Danel

1030 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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 started boxing up the croissants, macarons, and tarts in pretty packaging. Finally sitting down to a full spread for afternoon tea is stunning, and don’t miss out on brunch, with savory croques and cassoulets, as well.

1030 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. jina bakes

1581 Webster St Suite 150, San Francisco, CA 94115

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.

1581 Webster St Suite 150
San Francisco, CA 94115

5. Jane the Bakery

1881 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115
Jane on Fillmore

Jane serves all manner of breads, breakfast pastries, cakes, tarts, and more at all three 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.

1881 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115

6. Arsicault Bakery

397 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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. And there’s a downtown location at Civic Center now, too.

397 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

7. Schubert's Bakery

521 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Princess cake at Schubert’s Caleb Pershan

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.

521 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

8. Breadbelly

1408 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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.

1408 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

9. Cinderella Bakery & Cafe

436 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Cake from Cinderella Bakery & Cafe 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.

436 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118

10. Miette Patisserie

449 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

449 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94102

11. Hahdough

1221 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94117
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. She opened the shop just a couple of weeks before the city shut down, but the hardworking baker never turned off the ovens.

1221 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94117

12. Kantine

1906 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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.

1906 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

13. Thorough Bread and Pastry

248 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Bread in baskets at Thorough Bread and Pastry 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?

248 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114

14. Arizmendi Bakery

1331 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

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.

1331 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

15. Pineapple King Bakery

1915 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Guava butter bun at Pineapple King 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.

1915 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

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16. Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie

3376 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Knots from Le Dix-Sept Patisserie Le Dix-Sept Patisserie

After many years of baking behind the scenes, Le Dix Sept burst open in the Mission in fall 2020 with an array of beautiful botanical pastries. Baker Michelle Hernandez trained in pastry in Paris, and now infuses her creations with her Guamanian and Mexican heritage, with beautiful pink and purple hues, buttercream flowers climbing cakes, chewy nougat flecked with seeds, and pretty perfect canneles.

3376 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

17. Tartine Bakery

600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Tartine

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.

600 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110

18. Craftsman and Wolves

746 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The Rebel Within
Patricia Chang

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.

746 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

19. Neighbor Bakehouse

2343 3rd St, 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.

2343 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

20. Kahnfections

3321 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Biscuit sandwich from Kahnfections Kahnfections

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.

3321 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

21. Devil's Teeth Baking Company

3876 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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 is keeping the Richmond buttered, too.

3876 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122

22. La Mexicana Bakery

2804 24th St, 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.

2804 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110