Where to get the best desserts in San Francisco

  Posted by - April 21, 2015 - $ (0-20), CynEats Foodie Guide

If you don’t like dessert, you and I can’t be friends.

Just move on… and skip this post. BYE!

And for the other 99.9% of you guys who have stayed, let’s be BFFs and Insta friends @cyneats.

If there’s one thing that makes anything better, it’s ice cream or chocolate or chocolate ice cream. Agree?

I totally crave it, sometimes every second of every day.

Thank God I live in San Francisco, where there’s no shortage of bomb ass ice cream spots, bakeries and donut shops. If you’re doing life right, you gotta cross off at least half of these things on your bucket list.

Plus, they make great Instagram pics!

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse SF

A CRUFFIN at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (Oh heck yes)

Why: It’s one of the hottest spots in SF right now. Get there before 10 am and grab a cruffin (croissants baked in muffin tins, then rolled in sugar and filled with pastry cream).

No joke, if you aren’t here by 10am, all the good sh*t will be sold out. I literally tell everyone to come here and they always thank me later.

Tip: GO early. You should probably start walking/ barting/ driving now.

Belly Good Cafe & Crepes in Japantown Mall  (soo cute!)

Why: I mean, look at how adorbs! Who knew eating a cute little animal made of ice cream could taste so damn good.

PS: The crepes are made super fresh, like literally right in front of you.

Tip: Get your camera ready, because you’re gunna want a picture before it melts.

Kouign Ammans at B. Patisserie (There’s honestly nothing better)

Why: If it’s your first time at B. Patisserie, you’ll be standing there for about 15 minutes making the hardest decisions of your life.

But if there’s ONE thing you have to try, it’s the signature kouign amman. It’s heaven on a plate: flaky on the outside, fluffy on the inside with layers of complete perfection. If you’re lucky, they have the chocolate or fruit filled ones.

Tip: This place is literally perfect to kick back, relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee. It’s also a great spot for catching up with friends.

Mitchell’s Ice Cream (OMG. Those flavors tho!)

Why: This is a staple San Francisco ice cream shop that has been around probs before you were born. They’ve got the best and most unique flavors you’ll ever taste. Like this orange scoop of Thai Tea on top of Grasshopper Pie (peppermint ice cream with chocolate chips, oreo cookies and fudge swirls).

Tip: Grab a ticket and wait for your number to be called. They also have a parking lot in the back!

Tartine Bakery (Holy freakin cow)

Why: This bakery rocks my world. Get the morning bun, lemon tart, banana tart, almond croissant, bread pudding… gahh I could go on forever.

Anyway, they use organic produce as much as possible and use organic flour, sugar, and local eggs. Sooo… it’s sorta like eating healthy. lol.

Tip: The lines get really long, but don’t worry, it moves fast!

PS: Tartine has over 5,000 Yelp reviews and has been featured on NY Times, SF Gate, Wall St. Journal, Oprah Magazine, etc.

What to do in Chinatown, San Francisco

Egg Tart from Golden Gate Bakery (So dreamy)

Why: If you haven’t had one… ugh… just go have one. They are always made fresh from the oven because they sell so quickly, hence why the line is always out the door + down the block.

Tip: Cash only. But you don’t need much of it since they’re only $1.35 each.

Russian Honey Cake at 20th century cafe, sf

Russian Honey Cake from 20th Century Cafe (Omg)

Why: You get layers on layers on layers of cake and caramelized honey cream in between. It’s light, fluffy and flavorful without being too sweet.

PS: The entire staff is dressed in full on 1950’s retro attire with over sized pointy glasses. Pretty cool, right?

Tip: This was featured on 7×7 on their annual list of 100 things to eat before you die. Which means, you gotta come try it!

Giant donut from Bob's Donut, sf

A donut from Bob’s Donut & Pastry Shop (I can’t even right now)

Why: They’ve got the BEST and freshest donuts in SF. They also have the most massive donut ever. If you come early enough, you’ll see. It’s probably twice the size of your face.

Tip: The freshest batch are always the ones on the rack directly behind the counter. Just ask them which ones they are, and you get to enjoy a terrific warm donut.

PS: They’re open 24 hrs/ cash only.

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  • Hailey January 23, 2016 - 3:44 am Reply

    o0o0ooo B.Patisserie is right down the street from me. SO GOOD. My favorite is their chocolate banana almond croissant

  • Rad October 16, 2015 - 8:47 am Reply

    What camera is that in the photo?

  • Rebecca lujan August 19, 2015 - 11:58 am Reply

    So I’m 100% sure I will try everything here in a 3 day vacation period! Hello stretchy pants!

  • Christina T. July 10, 2015 - 11:30 pm Reply

    You make the best recommendations!! I just tried the honey cake and the egg tart this past weekend, both were really really good!

  • Peony Nguyen June 24, 2015 - 1:33 pm Reply

    I tried going to Mr. Holmes two times. The first time I went too late at 10pm and they were all sold out. The second time I waited in line for an hour and got the famous cruffins! It was worth it and I never heard of them before your blog!

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  • Fiona M. May 5, 2015 - 2:58 pm Reply

    Oh.My. Some of these places look absolutely divine. Adding a few of these spots to my next SF visit list. Thank you so much for sharing this great find!

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  • Ben @Focus:Snap:Eat April 30, 2015 - 2:33 pm Reply

    Great list! I’ve been to 80 percent of them and the honey layered cake is my favorite! Have you been to Craftsman & Wolves (I know, everyone’s adding to your list)? You have to try the “rebel within.”

  • Nancy Tran April 29, 2015 - 3:16 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh! This makes me want to get up and drive up to SF right now – all of this looks AMAZING! I’m definitely making a weekend trip out there for those egg tarts and morning buns!

  • Sarah P. April 25, 2015 - 6:21 am Reply

    Have you been to Bi-rite and Humphrys? Both are also pretty good too!

    • CynEats April 27, 2015 - 12:39 pm Reply

      Yesss. The salted caramel at Bi-rite and the Blue Bottle Viet Coffee at Humphrys are the best :)

  • Thomas April 23, 2015 - 11:46 pm Reply

    Do you know of any good macaroon shops in the city? My girlfriend loves them and I want to surprise her. Thanks.

    • CynEats April 26, 2015 - 1:10 am Reply

      Go to Chantal Guillon Macarons in Hayes Valley. Sooooo good!

  • K. Johnson April 23, 2015 - 8:29 am Reply

    Where did you get the cupcake in your cover photo?

    • CynEats April 23, 2015 - 12:48 pm Reply

      Go to Sift! They have awesome cupcakes and macarons

  • Veronica April 23, 2015 - 6:05 am Reply

    The chocolate French crullers from Bobs are the best in the city. Nothing else compares!

    • CynEats April 23, 2015 - 12:48 pm Reply

      Omg yeah, sooo goood!

  • Rommel April 22, 2015 - 5:42 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness! This makes a trip to SF quite a tantalizing idea. I haven’t been to Mitchell’s in about 10 years. Glad to see it’s still on the top of your list!

    • CynEats April 22, 2015 - 11:39 pm Reply

      Mitchells will never go out of style. They’re awesome :)

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