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Peach ginger, spicy mango, vanilla rose and banana chocolate chunk; these are just a few among the plethora of delectable flavors which you can sample at Smitten Ice Cream. This small little parlor hidden in a corner satisfies San Franciscans everyday with their unique concoctions. Fresh ingredients, natural flavors and seasonal fruits are their specialty. If you have your creation in mind, let them know and they will create it for you; and what's more you can sample the first scoop! Do visit them for an experience of a lifetime.
Sixth course pampers all the dessert lovers with their delicious chocolate, cakes, tarts and more. Their chocolates and cakes have gained them many awards are are a must try. The delicacies offered here speak volumes of the fine quality ingredients used in their making. Sixth Course is committed to be eco-friendly and uses recyclable packaging for their products. Indulge in their specialty truffles or try their regular flavors, you are sure to lose yourself in the chocolates that melt in your mouth.
This little place lends an undeniable taste of the French countryside to a bustling Mission District intersection. Though sweet items like cakes, pies, buns, cookies and pastry may be Tartine's mainstay, the decidedly savory, heartiest and most-Béchamel-drenched open-faced croque monsieurs keep neighborhood folks lining up for more. And speaking of bread, if you arrive early enough, you just might score yourself a loaf of the divine rustic country bread served (and constantly raved about) at sister bistro Bar Tartine. Just can't shake that sweet tooth? Opt for one of their beloved Morning Buns marbled with cinnamon and orange or the decadent Bread Pudding. Whatever you order, enjoy it at the big communal table gazing through the floor-to-ceiling windows at the entry of the 18th Street corridor.
Craftsman and Wolves is a bonafide member of the gourmet world of San Francisco. This French patisserie brings the delectable and yummy French savories to California; the recipes are modern French tweaked to suit the American tastes buds rather than the usual traditional ones. You can head start your day on a sweet note with items like the chocolate croissant stack, cocoa carrot muffin or blackberry lemon travel cake. It also has a special menu designed for afternoon snacks that includes sandwiches and salads. Seal this lovely and chocolaty treat with a delightful cup of cappuccino or café au lait.
With a cult like following and lines wrapping around the block, Bi-Rite is a San Francisco staple. Offering a wide range of flavors, the Bi-Rite Creamery and Bake shop's menu uses only organic and local goods. Along with the staples like chocolate, vanilla and mint chip, Bi-Rite offers an eclectic mix of seasonal scoops like honey lavender, salted caramel, and tangerine. Whether seated at the wooden bar inside the tiny shop or lounging below the palm trees outside, this is a great place to taste a variety of sweets.
Bob's Donuts and Pastry Shop is a popular stop for people leaving the bars, since Bob's is open 24 hours a day! The donuts and pastries in this hole in the wall are made from scratch. They are light, never greasy, and while they will never be confused with health food, they are undeniably a comfort food par excellence. They are also always fresh, as you can see by watching staff fry 'em up right behind the counter. The Bear Claw comes highly recommended.
Putting a break to the quintessential desserts of cheesecake and pies, Minamoto Kitchoan brings the essence of Japanese-style confectionery to San Francisco. A chain of dessert restaurants spread across the globe, Minamoto Kitchoan is loved dearly by the locals of this city too. Located near Chinatown, this little creamery serves sweet delicacies that reflect authentic Japanese culture. Wagashi, which is a traditional sweet in Japan, is their specialty, and it is often the choice of customers who come here. Made from a mix of sweet potatoes, unrefined sugar, kidney beans and sesame, Wagashi has a distinctive flavor, that is sure to please even the most discerning palates. A diverse range of Wagashi is available at this exclusive restaurant, which seems to be catching the likes of San Franciscans.
Mission Minis sells mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors, though they can also make batches of full-sized cupcakes upon request. All of their offerings can be made gluten-free, as well. Its convenient location on 22nd Street in the Mission District makes it easy to grab a sweet treat after a day out shopping and restaurant-hopping.
As you step through the unassuming and virtually unadorned pale yellow door through to b.patisserie, you may be unprepared for the artistry about to meet your eyes. It's no exaggeration, each delectable dessert is perfectly crafted, beautifully prepared and displayed to perfection. Row upon row of delicate pastries and hearty breads greet you as you step in. While virtually everything is worth a try, the true stand outs are the specialties like Kouign Amann, a buttery Breton cake and the 10 hour Apple Tart. Stop by to treat yourself to something really special.
Using locally produced products from Straus Organic Dairy, Humphry Slocombe is a unique ice-cream shop located in the Mission district of San Francisco. This funky little shop serves up some of the wackiest flavors, including old Hebrew ale, foie gras, butterbeer, candied ginger, government cheese and many other odd but delicious icy concoctions. With over 75 flavors created, 10-12 are usually available in the shop and rotated often. They are also partnered with various restaurants and shops around the city, so getting your hands on some Humphry Slocombe ice-cream is rather easy.
This small North Beach bakery sells heavenly desserts. Tiramisu, cannoli, Napoleons, cheesecakes, eclairs and Italian cookies are just a handful of the unforgettable pastries you will find for a dollar or so. Another big attraction is the Italian gelato. It is rich and creamy in flavors like white pistachio, coffee, Dutch chocolate, and hazelnut. The pizza focaccia is always a crowd-pleaser. Sit down and enjoy a hot latte and a piece of almond biscotti or stop by and pick up a pound of ladyfingers to go.