The Best Sweets in San Francisco
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
In this great city, there are myriad ways to get a sugar high, from artisanal ice cream to massive cookies to fine French pastry. Indulge your sweet tooth at some of our favorites.
746 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
You might have caught wind of some recent buzz about this contemporary patisserie with its unveiling of the haute dog, Craftsman and Wolves Chef William Werner’s upscale version of the classic American food (think better meat and a flaky, buttery...
432 Octavia St #1a, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
I'm a big ice cream fan and when I heard that there was a stand in Hayes Valley that uses liquid nitrogen to make ice cream, I put it on my must visit list for the next time I was in the Bay Area. I went to Hayes Valley on my last afternoon in San...
740 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
When you think of a chocolate factory, a hip and airy space in the heart of one of the city's hottest neighborhoods may not spring to mind. But therein lies the surprise that is Dandelion Chocolate: part factory, part café, part...
1335 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The mother restaurant of this San Francisco food truck was San Francisco's first dessert lounge - focused solely on the sweet things in life, so you know the treats served in the mobile version on darn good. Whether it is one of the many cakes or...
2821 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
You'll have a hard time ever leaving B. Patisserie, and you'll know why it's been an over night sensation in lower Pac Heights. The open, modern space feels like something you'd find in the Marais in Paris, and the fact that you can view the...
815 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
You can never go wrong with ice cream, especially when it's a decadent brownie sundae with a scoop of mint chip and a scoop of banana pudding ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream, cherries, and toasted pecans. The Ice Cream Bar is a your...
442 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
Despite its tongue-in-cheek name, this sweets shop and cafe located in the gritty Tenderloin district is one of my favorite finds in San Francisco. The salted caramels here melt in your mouth. They also have a good variety of coffees from...
449 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Miette describes themselves as San Francisco’s most charming pastry shop, and it would be hard to disagree. Bright, colorful, and cheerful, these American takes on classic pastries are some of the best you’ll find in the city. Miette (which means...
8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
In a city renowned for its "gastro-this" and "fusion-that," it was a surprise that my decadent waterfront meal at the Americano ended with a simple dessert. Simple, I soon learned, only at first glance. What looks like a standard ice cream...
1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
There are plenty of fancy doughnut shops. You know the type, the ones that count bacon or basil in their ingredient list. But if you're looking for an old-school bastion of fluorescent lights and pink boxes full of fried dough, this is the spot....
1488 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
Follow the cookie crumbs to this small but mighty good shop near Polk Street. The daily offerings include tried-and-true traditional recipes such as sugar cookies with rainbow sprinkles, snickerdoodles with just enough cinnamon, and good...
3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
It's no wonder that on any given weekday afternoon, the line for ice cream at this legendary San Francisco establishment goes out the door and wraps around the block. Once you try it for yourself, you'll understand: it's just that good. With...
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
With no sign above its unassuming storefront, Tartine is most easily recognized by the line that snakes out its door and down Guerrero Street. People patiently wait for flaky pains au chocolat (the best outside Paris, in my opinion), decadent...
Ferry Building, One San Francisco Bay Trail #8, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Blueberry Boy Bait may sound like a B-side song from an alternative band, but it's actually just an ice cream flavor offered by Humphry Slocombe, a small shop in the Mission District. Owner and former pastry chef Jake Godby has made the name...
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