Sourdough and Beyond: 10 Best Bakeries in San Francisco

If you mention bakeries in San Francisco, sourdough bread immediately comes to mind - and with good reason. Sourdough bread is an institution in this city, with some bakeries using sourdough yeast as old as one hundred years. (Don't worry - it doesn't taste a hundred years.)

And while eating some sourdough bread (and possibly picking up a loaf at the airport to bring back home) is definitely a must, it would be a real shame if your only experience with bakeries is that memorable but, well, sour taste.

Our list below does include some classic sourdough staples, but we're balancing that with the sweet tastes that also abound in this city that loves to bake. Whether it's waiting in the long line at Tartine's for that perfect breakfast croissant, or indulging in Arizmendi's perfect pizza crust for lunch, nothing warms up a foggy San Francisco day better than hot baked treats straight out of the oven.

San Francisco has no end of fancy, sit-down restaurants, but sometimes what you need before (or after) that long hike in Muir Woods or up and down the hills of North Beach is something sweet and warm. And there's no better cure for homesickness while you're traveling than that comforting, universal smell of a bakery.



If you want to ease your social conscience as you gobble down a blueberry muffin, swing by Hayes Valley Bakeworks. Besides offering delectable morning pastries, cookies, porridge bowls and signature sweets, this bakery trains and employs people...  Read More



You can't really experience San Francisco without visiting Chinatown, and you can't really experience Chinatown without eating dimsum, and you can't really say you've had dimsum until you've tried the dimsum at Good Mong Kok Bakery. The service...  Read More



Venture through San Francisco's Chinatown for a visit to Golden Gate Bakery, a sweet shop that has customers braving long, out-the-door lines for its incredibly tasty egg custard tarts. In addition to these flaky, custard-filled pastries,...  Read More

Town's End Restaurant and Bakery


This friendly restaurant, located at the Embarcadero, is just two blocks from the "New" Giants Stadium and offers great bay views. Brunch is a near-perfect experience, according to regulars. In fact, speaking of perfect, Giants pitcher Matt Cain...  Read More

DeLessio Market & Bakery


Ask anyone about DeLessio's and their eyes will sparkle with delight as they mention the place's decadent macaroni and cheese, tasty gourmet sandwiches, and impressive buffets. When the topic of desserts and pastries comes up, however, those...  Read More

Acme Bread Company


Walnut levain, rustic sweet dough, Challah, rosemary-and-olive oil fougasse, rock salt foccacia, olive, currant pumpernickle, citrus almond brioche: with options like these, it's not hard to see why Acme Bread Company is one of the Bay Area's...  Read More



Locals love this cooperative bakery for its delicious pastries, artisan breads and gourmet pizza. Just two blocks from Golden Gate Park, Arizmendi offers its specialties on a weekly schedule, and depending on the day, patrons enjoy assorted...  Read More



Schubert's Bakery is an absolute must for discerning confection connoisseurs. Since 1911, locals have been flocking to this bakery for cakes that are reputedly out-of-this-world, specifically the Opera Cake and the beloved Swedish Princess Cake....  Read More

Tartine Bakery


A true San Francisco standout, Tartine Bakery boasts a consistent local following and never fails to impress newcomers. Fresh, organic ingredients mean the offerings are constantly changing, but you'll always find a great selection of delicate...  Read More



The cheery bakery and cafe Flour and Co. sticks out among the upturned noses of Nob Hill's high-end restaurants like an unabashedly happy smiley face. If the gourmands of Nob Hill have you too self-conscious about which is the salad fork and...  Read More


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