Located in the Mission, Tartine Bakery is probably the most popular bakery in the area. In San Francisco, there are tons of great ice cream shops competing with one another, all equally worthy of a gold medal. But there aren’t many big old school bakeries selling the classics such as croissants, bread puddings, and pies. Other San Francisco bakeries nowadays are leaning towards the more modern side of things.
Even on a late afternoon, Tartine had a line that stretched out the door. The location itself is fairly small but has ample seating and a beautiful glass case showing off their classic baked goods.
If you ask about ice cream in the city of San Francisco, you’ll likely hear these two names: Humphry Slocombe and Bi-Rite Creamery.
Humphry has two locations, one in the Mission district and one in the Ferry Building. I went to the one in the Ferry Building. Even though it was still morning, I was happily surprised to see that they were already open. Most ice cream shops don’t open until around noon, but I guess this place is just too popular to open that late.
While Bi-Rite is known for more simple and classic flavors, Humphry is well known for their ever-expanding menu of unique and eclectic flavors.
Bi-Rite is one of the top ranking ice cream shops out there in San Francisco, located in the Mission District. It’s so popular that they always have a long line out the door. While they are most well known for their ice cream, they also produce a variety of baked goods. Bi-Rite also has a couple supermarkets where they sell produce and selected dairy, along with pints of their famous ice cream.
They also have a little window just a few feet away from their actual shop where they sell soft serve and baked goods. They offer two flavors a day and a swirl. Of course, the line here is never short either.
Dandelion Chocolate is a chocolate shop located in the Mission District of San Francisco, right next to Craftsman & Wolves. They also have a stand inside the Ferry Building.
What Dandelion is doing is really unique. They use only two ingredients in their chocolate: cocoa beans and sugar. It’s sort of like single origin coffee, where you’re allowed to really taste the differences from each of the beans.
At the front is their little cafe type area. You can order chocolate based drinks or desserts. The back is where all the magic happens. It’s an open space where you can watch them make the chocolate. Watching the big machines make chocolate right in front of you from bean to bar is really something astonishing.
There are several brunch places in San Fran, one of them being Dottie’s. Many of them, maybe all, don’t accept reservations. The only way to get in is either get up at absurd hours of the morning or wait in line for an hour.
My mom and I chose the former. We got up early and drove to San Francisco so we could eat here. At 7:50 AM, there was already a line forming out the door. They opened at 7:30! Luckily, since we were a party of 2, we were able to be seated at a larger table among other individual diners or parties of 2.
Pepples Donuts, formerly known as People’s Donuts, is a doughnuttery based in Oakland that makes vegan and organic cake doughnuts. While they are based in Oakland, they also have a small stand located at the end of Ferry Building in San Francisco, opposite of the end where Gott’s Roadside and Blue Bottle Coffee is. They also sell their doughnuts at a coffee shop in Berkeley.
The stand is there every day, not only when the farmer’s market is there. They have quite the selection of cake doughnuts with a good variety of glazes. I believe they also have a handful of seasonal flavors offered. Their display was small and cute, and the man behind the counter was friendly as well.
I recently took a trip to San Francisco to show my family, who was visiting from Hong Kong and Shanghai. We made sure to visit all the tourist attractions, like the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and Pier 39.
Fog Harbor Fish House is located on the second floor right at the entrance of Pier 39. It’s got a great view of the ocean, and because of that many tourists will come here to eat. However, we decided to sit at the bar since we were in a hurry to see as much as we could in the city.