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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.
This wonderful German bakery has been purveying rich coffee cakes, creamy mousse cakes and a cornucopia of butter cookies since 1911. The tiny space with a few tables and chairs is usually crammed with people trying to decide between the classic Swedish Princess (white cake with raspberry and kirsch custard and marzipan icing) and one of the many delicious French-inspired mousses and tarts. The fresh bread is also terrific, if you can tear yourself away from the Strawberry Romanoff.
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.
Founded in 1955 by Lee and Ted Hanson and later bought over by Mei and Charlie Wu, Polly Anne ice cream is famous for their exotic flavors. Mei and Charlie, being from Taiwan, have added a touch of Asian flavor to their list like lychee, green tea and red bean. Their clients are not only locals but also a number of students and tourists alike. They have got a list of over 500 flavors, but if you find it a mind boggling task to select one, the staff is ever happy to create a flavor of your choice as well. For some excitement you can try the wheel of fortune that chooses the flavor for you, so if you feel lucky try it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a happy hybrid selling delectable indulgences and collectible, pop-culture toys. Nothing can compare to savoring a slice of pumpkin cheesecake while simultaneously gloating over finding a fire-breathing wind-up Godzilla or a complete miniature set of the South Park gang. The toys cover the walls, shelves and windows of this turquoise-blue Victorian, while the treats occupy display counters in this whimsical enterprise for grown-ups still in touch with their inner kid. There is both table and booth seating for about 20. Double Rainbow ice cream, Just Desserts baked goods, as well as coffee, hot chocolate and tea are served.
Since 1959, this old-fashioned soda fountain has been serving homemade ice cream and all-American grill items. It only makes the classics, things such as hamburgers, hotdogs, and milkshakes. Sit at the retro ice cream counter and enjoy thick chocolate malts and banana splits, '50s style. The atmosphere has not changed much since Joe's opened way back when. Unique ice cream flavors that reflect the neighborhood include azuki bean, green tea, and Irish coffee, but fear not, it also makes all the usual flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. The service is terrific.