Bread at the Mill on Divisadero Street
Bread at the Mill on Divisadero Street.

Best Bakeries in
San Francisco by Neighborhood

From sourdough, which San Francisco is known worldwide for, classic morning buns and crusty focaccia bread to some of the most inventive Rebel Within, egg tarts, princess cakes, doughnuts, macarons, and beyond, here are the best bakeries in the city.

Tartine Bakery was once named one of the 25 bakeries you should visit before you die. While we certainly can't argue with the deliciousness of their morning buns and the long lines their country bread creates every morning, Tartine isn't the only bakery in town that is a "breadwinner." Here are the best bakeries in San Francisco by neighborhood.

Bernal Heights

Black Jet Baking Co. (833 Cortland Ave.)

A neighborhood staple in Bernal, this woman-owned bakery is known for some of the best-baked goods in town, including almond croissants and breads (challah on Fridays and Saturdays). Black Jet Baking Co. doesn't stop there, though. Order any amazingly delicious cakes (how will you choose just one of 12 flavors?) or their flaky pies (yes, 17 different flavors!). What's popular: croissants. What you should get: morning buns.

Castro

Thorough Bread & Pastry (248 Church St.)

Opened in 2008 by Michael and Evelyn Suas, Thorough Bread & Pastry makes everything from scratch and only uses natural ingredients. What's popular: Almond croissant. What you should get: baguettes.

Chinatown

Golden Gate Bakery (1029 Grant Ave.)

A bakery located down an alley that holds odd hours could only have a cult following in San Francisco. That's exactly what Golden Gate Bakery has. If it's open, it's worth the trip. If it's not, you won't know until you're outside. That's the fun. What's popular: Egg tart. What you should get: Egg tart.

Embarcadero

Acme Bread Company (1 Ferry Building)

Since 1983, Acme Bread Company has been striving to make the best bread possible. You'll want to make a pitstop here as you stroll through the stalls of the Ferry Building. What's popular: Pain au Levain. What you should get: Olive Bread.

Fillmore

Jane The Bakery (1881 Geary Blvd.)

Operating in the Fillmore district since 2016, Jane The Bakery offers an assortment of pastries, including morning buns, scones, and tarts, 30 types of breads, sandwiches, and more. Flavors change regularly, depending on what is available by season, so you know you're getting the freshest quality. The smells and tastes will keep you coming back. What's popular: bread loaves. What you should get: croissants.

Fisherman's Wharf

Boudin Sourdough Bakery (160 Jefferson St.)

The Boudin family came to San Francisco in 1849 and struck gold of the culinary kind. When they exposed yeast that was going to be made into French bread to the San Francisco air, sourdough bread as we know it was born. As the original creator of sourdough bread, they have a permanent place on this list and a permanent place in our hearts. What's popular: Sourdough bread. What you should get: Sourdough bread.

Hayes Valley

Miette (449 Octavia St.)

Coming from overseas? Miette is filled with rare European brands of sweets, along with their legendary macarons. What's popular: Macarons. What you should get: European candies.

Mission

La Victoria Mexican Bakery (3249 24th St.)

Of the many panaderias that line the Mission District, La Victoria is one of the best. Not only can you grab delicious empanadas and pan dulce, but La Victoria has always supported and fostered the community in the neighborhood. You might have been here for a pop-up dinner before. You never know. What's popular: Pan Dulce. What you should get: Flourless Coconut Macaroon.

Craftsman & Wolves (746 Valencia St.)

Don't be surprised to find lines out the door at Craftsman & Wolves. If there's one thing to get here, it's the Rebel Within, a soft-boiled egg within a muffin. The menu changes with the season. For the summer, they unveiled their very own Haute dog. Yes, it's every bit as delicious as it sounds. What's popular: Rebel Within. What you should get: Rebel Within.

Tartine Bakery (600 Guerrero St.)

Tartine is the original new-wave bakery that started the resurgence of our half-baked love. The stories are true. You must get here early to snag a spot in line for their insanely delicious morning buns. Seriously, everything coming out of that oven is amazing. Why are you still reading this? Get in line. What's popular: Morning Bun. What you should get: Lemon Cream Tart.

Noe Valley

Noe Valley Bakery (4073 24th St.)

Noe Valley Bakery was serving cupcakes before they were a thing, but that's not what makes them amazing. It's their fresh-baked challah, window display of trains and amazing customer service that does. Well worth the trip up the hill from the Mission. What's popular: Red Velvet Cupcakes. What you should get: Challah or blueberry scones.

North Beach

Victoria Pastry Company (700 Filbert St.)

A Princess Cake is a layer cake consisting of alternating layers of sponge cake and strawberry or fruit jam with whipped cream and pastry cream. That's exactly what a princess wants when she gets a sweet tooth. Look no further than Victoria Pastry to deliver the city's best. What's popular: Princess Cake. What you should get: Almond Cake or Canoli.

Liguria Bakery (1700 Stockton St.)

In San Francisco there are bakeries; and then there's Liguria, a focaccia-only bakery in North Beach. You can't get anymore Italian in an Italian neighborhood. What's popular: Focaccia. What you should get: Pizza or the rosemary garlic focaccia.

NOPA/Western Addition

The Mill (736 Divisadero St.)

The Mill is a delicious venture between Josey Baker Bread and Four Barrel Coffee. Although it didn't start the Toast Craze you've heard about, The Mill blew it out of the water. All of Josey Baker's Bread can be sliced into a thick-cut piece and served with a seemly endless amount of toppings. On top of it, the space is perfectly designed to let gorgeous light in at all times of the day. What's popular: Cinnamon Toast. What you should get: Birthday Toast or Peanut Butter Toast with Honey.

Pacific Heights

b. patisserie (2821 California St.)

Opened by a former Gary Danko and Manresa pastry chef, b. patisserie is described as a "heavenly" French bakery by its loyal following. What's popular: Kouign Amann. What you should get: Any almond croissant.

Richmond

Arsicault (397 Arguello Blvd.)

You'll know you've reached Arsicault by the lines out the door at this small French bakery. Owner Armando Lacayo spent nearly two decades perfecting his croissant recipe, then quit his finance job to launch Arsicault. Other delicacies include scones and cookies. When you're ready to walk off a few calories, lively Clement Street is just around the corner. What's popular: any of the croissants. What you should get: kouign-amann, a buttery Breton-style cake.

Schubert's Bakery (521 Clement St.)

Known simply as the House of Cakes, Schubert's Bakery has been in the city since 1911. At its current location since 1940, Schubert's has continued to make cakes the artisanal way with traditional flavors and the addition of new items over the years. What's popular: Neopolitan and the Opera Cake. What you should get: Swedish Princess Cake.

Sunset

Arizmendi Bakery (1331 Ninth Ave.)

A disciple of Cheeseboard in Berkeley, Arizmendi Bakery is a cooperative that started over in the East Bay and then moved to San Francisco in 2000. Just like Cheeseboard, Arizmendi has delicious baked goods and a pizza of the day. Every day is different and it's 100% vegetarian. Even meat eaters can't say no. What's popular: Pizza of the Day. What you should get: Pizza of the Day

Devil's Teeth Baking Company (3875 Noriega St.)

Located out in the sleepy neighborhood of Outer Sunset, Devil's Teeth is worth the trip. Opened by a wife whose husband complained about the lack of good breakfast sandwiches in the neighborhood, DTBC is home to one of the best in the city. This baking outpost was one of the first in the neighborhood's rejuvenation and you can feel the unique energy here. What's popular: Breakfast sandwich. What you should get: Beignets or the doughnut muffin.

Union Square

ONE65 Patisserie & Boutique (165 O'Farrell St.)

The desserts are works of art at ONE65 Patisserie. Expect croissants, brioche, breads, macarons in multiple flavors, and eye-popping desserts. What's popular: breads. What you should get: anything with chocolate. 


Carol High
Carol High

Carol is a digital marketer creating media-rich content for global audiences covering travel, San Francisco and the Bay Area, food & drink, outdoor experiences, and cross-cultural storytelling. Her work is found in the San Mateo Daily Journal and The Skyline View (Skyline College). Before travel writing, her professional background included working internationally in business, nonprofits, and government. She lives in San Francisco with her family and regularly explores the parks in her city, especially untamed McLaren Park.

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