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Best kept secret Desserts places in SF?

From moderate $ to real classy, what are the best dessert places that no one knows about in SF?

5 Answers

answered by
Dani from Funchal

Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolate - chocolate truffles and European-style hot chocolate (also one of the chocolatiers featured at CocoaBella).

CocoaBella Chocolates - local, domestic, and imported truffles from small batch chocolate makers.

CocoaBella Chocolates- second location.

Golden Gate Bakery- the best cocktail buns (filled with custard filling). They also make good general Chinese pastries - custard tarts, sponge cake, etc.

Loving Cup- great frozen yogurt mix-ins (they mix your toppings into your frozen yogurt with a giant drill contraption), and unique rice pudding flavors.

Pacific Puffs - delicious fresh cream puffs made by two brothers from a family recipe.

Pacific Puffs - second location.

Sophie's Crepes - got time to kill before a movie at Sundance Kabuki? Head next store to the Japantown mall and snag a heavenly combination of nutella, ice cream, and berries wrapped in a warm crepe. 

Swensen's Ice Cream - great ice cream, no lines, and across the street from the best paella in town (Zarzuela).


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolate (attraction)
  2. CocoaBella Chocolates (restaurant)
  3. CocoaBella Chocolates (restaurant)
  4. Golden Gate Bakery (restaurant)
  5. Loving Cup (attraction)
  6. Pacific Puffs (restaurant)
  7. Pacific Puffs (restaurant)
  8. Sophie's Crepes (attraction)
  9. Swensen's Ice Cream (attraction)
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answered by
Scott from San Francisco

The best high end pastry shop in SF, and probably the country is B. Patisserie.  They make the only decent french style macarons in the USA (only available on weekends), and their Kouign Amann is spectacular.  Don't know what that is?  Just get one and trust me.  On top of that they make one heck of a gourmet chocolate chip cookie and their prices are a lot less than one would expect.  I cannot recommend Tartine Bakery, I thought it was, well, painfully disappointing.  My favorite ice cream is Humphry Slocombe (there's also one in the Ferry Building.  Their malted chocolate and malted dulce de leche has the best combination of flavor and texture of any on the west coast.  SusieCakes is another favorite.  Their woopie pie is to die for, and their cakes and cupcakes use real butter, that makes a big difference.  I like their celebration cake too.  For standard american cakes, cupcakes and of course those woopie pies, Susiecakes is by far the best.  And one more thing, there's a place in Chinatown called AA Bakery & Cafe on the corner of Stockton and Jackson that makes a fantastic treat called a Pineapple bun.  I get the one with "milk" filling inside (it's not milk, that's just what they call the sweet delicious filling), though they come in "milk", "red bean" and "custard" fillings (be careful, one might come with BBQ pork too, probably not bad but not dessert).  They're really tasty, light puffy pastry and they cost all of ONE DOLLAR.  That's right. A dollar.  So go ahead, take a gamble on one, or two, or seven.  The ladies behind the counter speak minimal English but they're nice and helpful.  

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. B. Patisserie (restaurant)
  2. Humphry Slocombe (restaurant)
  3. Ferry Building (attraction)
  4. SusieCakes (restaurant)
  5. AA Bakery & Cafe (restaurant)
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answered by
Dmitriy from San Francisco

For something truly local and crowded, try Tartine bakery in the Mission district.  You have to try their eclairs - they are awesome!  Also in the Mission - Bi-Rite Creamery - the best ice cream in the city by far and outside the city, Ici Ice Cream!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tartine bakery (restaurant)
  2. Bi-Rite Creamery (restaurant)
  3. Ici Ice Cream (attraction)
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answered by
Krista from San Francisco

Ah! An awesome question. I love:

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Toy Boat Dessert Cafe (restaurant)
  2. Devil's Teeth Baking Company (restaurant)
  3. Easy Breezy (restaurant)
  4. SusieCakes (restaurant)
  5. Candybar (attraction)
  6. Pepples Donuts (restaurant)
  7. CREAM (attraction)
  8. Swensen's Ice Cream (attraction)
  9. Bi-Rite Creamery (restaurant)
  10. Mitchell's Ice Cream (attraction)
  11. Smitten Ice Cream (attraction)
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answered first by
Johnny from Las Vegas

From the cheaper options of  Trish's Mini Donuts at pier 39 (I love mini-donuts!!) and Mrs. Fields (always my favorite chocolate chip cookie) to Chocolate Heaven to Ghiradelli Square, you're gonna find your most concentrated choices in Fisherman's Wharf!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Trish's Mini Donuts (restaurant)
  2. Mrs. Fields (restaurant)
  3. Chocolate Heaven (restaurant)
  4. Ghiradelli Square (attraction)
  5. Fisherman's Wharf (attraction)

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