TOP PICKS: Hayes in the Fog's favorite San Francisco places for desserts, sweets, and baked goods


For whatever reason, my childhood palette lacked the typical sweet tooth element.  Given the choice between a Kit Kat and a carrot, I went for the carrot every time.

Fast forward to now, and I feel like I’m making up for lost time.  Between eating, training, and working in food, I have had (more than) my share of desserts. Hell, my husband has even planned bakery-tour birthday presents for me not once but of them being in Paris! But that’s for another post.

Without further ado, here are my favorite spots in San Francisco to indulge in sweets.

Listed alphabetically:

  1. 20th Century Cafe

  2. b. patisserie

  3. Bi-Rite Creamery

  4. Bob’s Donuts

  5. Coletta Gelato

  6. Craftsman and Wolves

  7. Crumble & Whisk

  8. Dandelion Chocolate

  9. The Ice Cream Bar

  10. Jane The Bakery

  11. Johnny Doughnuts

  12. Liguria Bakery

  13. Little Bee Baking

  14. Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous

  15. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

  16. Neighbor Bakehouse

  17. Recchiuti Confections at theLab (also in the Ferry Building)

  18. Tartine Manufactory

  19. Verve Coffee Roasters (for Manresa Bread goodies)


Other lists to check out:

Hayes in the Fog's favorite San Francisco restaurants

COMING SOON Hayes in the Fog's San Francisco restaurant pipeline (where I want to go)

Why does this list only include SF? 

While I live in Oakland now, I spent my first six+ years in the Bay living in San Francisco, and I still work in the city.  I know it better and have been to these places enough to properly vet them.  When I reach that point for Oakland spots, another list will magically appear.

Why don't you have [x] on the list? It's THE. BEST. PLACE. EVER.

Feel free to comment below if you have suggestions or recommendations; generally speaking, it's not on the list because a) I haven't been there before (see my pipeline for SF places I've yet to visit), b) I haven't been there enough to properly vet it, or c) I don't like [x] as much as you do. :)

Kathleen Hayes