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The Most Outrageous Dessert Shops In San Francisco, USA
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The Most Outrageous Dessert Shops In San Francisco, USA

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Updated: 9 February 2017
There is no doubt about it (almost everyone can agree) that desserts are the best part of a meal. Some places go all out for it, some far more than others. The list below highlights the best of the best when it comes to places to visit for extreme desserts in San Francisco.

Smitten Ice Cream

Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, $$$
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Smitten Ice Cream

Known mainly for its ice cream made from scratch, Smitten Ice Cream creates this old-fashioned dessert and makes it new again. At Smitten, all ice cream is made to order thanks to the liquid nitrogen machine. And with flavors such as cookie dough with pretzels and chocolate chips, as well as toppings such as strawberry prosecco sauce, this place, as its name promises, will make you fall in love with dessert all over again.

Smitten Ice Cream, 432 Octavia Street #1A, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 863 1518

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Smitten Ice Cream Shop | © Christopher Browns/Flickr

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Commonwealth

Restaurant, American
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Commonwealth

Although Commonwealth is an American restaurant, its level of desserts cannot be denied. It offers both a tasting and an à la carte menu that changes with the availability of ingredients. Yet the desserts simply do not get any more unique than items such as celery sorbet and beer meringue topped with chocolate ganache.

Commonwealth, 2224 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 355 1500

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Sun:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Creations Dessert House

Dessert Shop, Dessert, Asian
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Aloe Jelly Dessert
Aloe Jelly Dessert | © Terrence Ong/Wikimedia

Creations Dessert House

Located along Geary, Creations Dessert House specializes in Asian-style desserts. The entire menu at this shop is pretty special, featuring items such as bird’s nest, grass jelly, aloe jelly, and much more. For many, this is a great stop to test their adventurous side while also still guaranteeing a delicious treat.

Creations Dessert House, 5217 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 668 8812

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Aloe Jelly Dessert | © Terrence Ong/Wikimedia

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue:
2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wed:
2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu:
2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat:
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 2:00 am

Craftsman and Wolves

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Pastries, American, $$$
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Craftsman and Wolves
Craftsman and Wolves | © Bit Boy/Flickr

Craftsman and Wolves

Operating as a boutique bakery in the Mission District, Craftsman and Wolves is a typically popular patisserie and will do wonders for your flavor palate. Try a Thai scone, with green curry, coconut, and candied ginger. Or more famously, the kouign amann, it’s far easier to say than it is to spell! Even more can be found in the cases at Craftsman and Wolves, including hibiscus angel food and lychee mousse. There is no way any visitor is leaving here with only one item.

Craftsman and Wolves, 746 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 913 7713

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Craftsman and Wolves | © Bit Boy/Flickr

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Sun:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Mill

Bakery, Cafe, American, $$$
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El Rancho Grande
El Rancho Grande | © Josh Rau

The Mill

The city is already known for its hipster flair, and The Mill oozes hipster from every pore. Founded by Josey Baker, The Mill has an ambience that is both rustic and chic. With plenty of natural light, it is famous for combining Four Barrel Coffee with its homemade bread. But if you look past the loaves, you will also find exceptional pastries, ranging from pistachio blackberry croissants to morning buns served with kimchi and black sesame. Just in case you didn’t think it could get any better, The Mill also makes its own homemade Nutella.

The Mill, 736 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 345 1953

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Sun:
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon:
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue:
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat:
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

Dandelion Chocolate

Candy Store, Dessert Shop, American, $$$
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Drinking Chocolate
Drinking Chocolate | © Antoine Imbert/Flickr

Dandelion Chocolate

Operating as a bean-to-bar chocolate factory, Dandelion Chocolate is a place filled with experimentation. They take cacao beans and grind, conch, and temper them to make every chocolate bar from scratch. Not only can visitors grab a tour of the factory, but they are also able to sample chocolates from around the world, including places like Papua New Guinea and Madagascar. Pair the samples with drinking chocolates for the ultimate sugar high.

Dandelion Chocolate, 740 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 349 0942

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Drinking Chocolate | © Antoine Imbert/Flickr

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Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Humphry Slocombe

Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, $$$
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Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream | © Joshua Kaufman/Flickr

Humphry Slocombe

The name is known fairly well throughout San Francisco. A part of the ‘ice cream trinity’ in the city, Humphry Slocombe may only serve ice cream, but its flavors are incredible. Current flavors include Elvis (The Fat Years), which includes bacon peanut brittle, as well as McEvoy Olive Oil, Hibiscus Beet Sorbet, and Candy Capp Mushrooms.

Humphry Slocombe, 2790 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 550 6971

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Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream | © Joshua Kaufman/Flickr

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon:
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue:
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed:
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Kika’s Treats

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Kika’s Treats

Brazilian owner Cristina Arantes developed Kika’s Treats to provide city-goers with the finest quality chocolates and confections. She makes everything from cookies, salted caramels, and Brazilian desserts, to the outrageous honey cakes. Don’t miss the Brazilian honey cakes covered in dark chocolate. Also, purchases of these treats can be made through Kika’s website.

Kika’s Treats, 2565 Third Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Loving Cup

Bar, American, $$$
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Smoothies, Shakes, Rice Pudding and Frozen Yogurt at Loving Cup
Smoothies, Shakes, Rice Pudding and Frozen Yogurt at Loving Cup | © Amanda Walker-Storey

Loving Cup

Loving Cup is so much more than frozen yogurt. So, so much more, including rice pudding and frozen yogurt pies; pretty distinctive, right? In terms of their rice pudding, Loving Cup utilizes only six ingredients, ensuring a fresh treat, with a variety of flavors such as egg nog and almond butter. But really, the outrageous area of Loving Cup can be found in its pies. Let’s take the Grasshopper: vanilla frozen yogurt with Junior Mints and Oreo cookies blended in. In a pie. With an Oreo cookie crust. Game over right there.

Loving Cup, 2356 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 440 6900

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Coconut Rice Pudding | © Stu Spivack/Wikimedia

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon:
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Bi-Rite Creamery

Bakery, Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, $$$
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Bi-Rite Creamery

Bi-Rite Creamery may be well-known for its ice cream, but this dessert shop also specializes in plenty of baked goods. Known for handcrafted recipes, visitors can’t go wrong with choices like sour cream chocolate loaf or almond cake. And if all else fails, go with ice cream: honey lavender with Sonoma honey, boozy Irish cream, ricanelas, and spicy hot chocolate, to name a few.

Bi-Rite Creamery, 3692 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 626 5600

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Sun:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm