SF Pastry Shop Rankings

Here's my running ranking of pastry shops in SF. I think b. Pattiserie is at the absolute top of the list. If you only have time for one place, make it this one.


Worth the trip

b. patisserie

Must go. This is easily top 3 in the city (and just picked up a James Beard nod), with its kouign amann as SF's crown jewel. The almond…

Neighbor Bakehouse

Best croissant in SF. It is a perfect balance of butter and flakiness. If you only get one, I would go for the Everything Croissant. Don't…

Arsicault Bakery

This is also a stellar croissant, but they are really heavy on the butter and sugar. If you like your croissants with the volume cranked…

Dynamo Donut & Coffee

Go early for fresh artisinal donuts like the famed maple bacon donut, lemon pistachio, and caramel del sel.

If you're near

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

Amazing broiche donuts, with rotating flavors every day. My go-to is the Earl Grey donut. The cruffin is great, but if you've had cronuts…

Bob's Donuts and Pastries

This is a SF institution that serves 24 hours a day. It is stylistically the opposite of Dynamo but oh so good. Ask for whatever is hot.…

Tartine Manufactory

This is a much larger second location for Tartine that has a pastry counter and full sit down restaurant. There are different items than…

Over hyped

Craftsman and Wolves

Pass. Sure it's in a super hip neighborhood and the shop is beautiful, but The Rebel Within is an insipid muffin. Everything else in that…

Johnny Doughnuts

Pass. Their donuts are large, dry, and overly sweet (as if donuts can even be that). The crodough is mediocre. You're better off getting…

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