Craftsman and Wolves
Started by chef William Werner, Craftsman and Wolves is a contemporary pâtisserie that features breakfast pastries, cakes, lunch and many other irresistible sweet treats. The menu ranges from a plain croissant to flavors such as a ‘matcha snickerdoodle’. Venturing over to the glass case, you will find strawberry, lime, elderflower verrine or passionfruit-black sesame tarts, which are all worth a taste. The vibe is quaint and resembles that of an upscale French pâtisserie with its glass case, perfectly placed and beautifully decorated pastries. Head over to Craftsman and Wolves and try one of their many delicious pastries. Take home some of their chocolate white shoyu caramels.
Located near Russian Hill, XOX Truffles will satisfy any rich chocolate craving you may have with any one of their 26 different flavored truffles. From your usual peanut butter, to earl grey to caramel, you can never go wrong. Definitely try out Sébastien’s champagne or spicy cayenne tequila for a twist. The little hole-in-the-wall coffee and truffle shop screams the essence of homemade truffles and greatly differs from factory-made chocolates you can find anywhere else. Stop by XOX Truffles for a bite that will melt in your mouth and is bursting with flavor. Grab some truffles or even treat yourself to a box.
The Ice Cream Bar
Go back in time to the 1930s and head over to Haight Ashbury’s The Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain to try some of the best ice cream in San Francisco. We’ve missed the traditional in-house ice cream with not only homemade ice cream but waffle cones, cookies, candies, syrups for soda, and even brioche. These all fill the air with a mouthwatering, irresistible smell. The classic banana split is not something to be missed. Order yourself a soda, which come in all sorts of unusual, homemade flavors. Stop in to The Ice Cream Bar on a rare, hot San Francisco day this summer to fulfill all your ice cream cravings.
Winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in 2011, Kara’s Cupcakes provides visitor with some of the best cupcakes they can find in The Bay. At a size that’s not too filling, and even in mini-cupcake sizes for just a taste, the red velvet is not one to overlook. But get there early, as they often sell out. The cupcakes change depending on the time of year and what fruits are in season. Not only will they quell your sweet tooth but the green-certified bakery also advocates for a clean environment by using local and organic ingredients and recyclable boxes. Stop by one of eight cupcake stores for a delicious, light and fluffy cupcake any day of the week.
Known as San Francisco’s number one bread place and writers of one of the best bread cookbooks, Tartine Bakery is a place that all people should try. The bakery offers a sit-down breakfast and lunch menu. Head over early to catch their morning buns, a local favorite made with cinnamon and candied orange, before they sell out. Get something for yourself and take home one of their larger pastries for family and friends and share the deliciousness with everyone.
Looking for a small bite of something sweet? Anthony’s Cookies is the place to go for one of the best cookies you’ll ever have. From the simple chocolate chip, to cinnamon spice and even the special German chocolate, these cookies are the perfect combination of crispy and chewy while giving you the melt-in-your-mouth feel. They even go so far as to incorporate their homemade candied pecans (which can also be purchased separately) into their candied pecan and chocolate chip cookie. They also have a daily cookie, so head over to the Mission District and grab one.
For one of the most unusual ice cream stores, check out Humphry’s Slocombe to save you from hot days in the city. It’s almost difficult to find a flavor that you may typically see at an ice cream shop but it’s worth trying their cornflakes and bourbon or the peanut butter curry. Be more adventurous and try their foie gras ice cream or the prosciutto. They have even paired with the Bay Area’s favorite coffee shop, Blue Bottle Coffee, to create Vietnamese coffee ice cream. With more than 100 flavors it may be hard to go just once, so set aside time this summer to visit this deliciously creamy spot that will leave your mouth watering.
Bob’s Donut & Pastry shop
Known as one of America’s best donut spots, Bob’s Donut & Pastry Shop serves up fresh old-fashioned donuts 24 hours a day. It can never be certain whether or not you’ll stumble in right as warm donuts come out of the oven. The apple fritter is a fan favorite and almost always sells out, so make sure to get there early. They’re also known for their giant donut, which is almost as big as your head. This can be intimidating at first but after one bite it’ll be hard to stop.
The Crème Brûlée Cart
It might be hard to find but The Crème Brûlée Cart is worth searching for. The Crème Brûlée Cart offers three types of crème brûlée, which you can order with toppings or by itself. You’ll find the crème brûlée man wearing his chef’s hat at either a food truck or behind a small cart in the financial district. Upon ordering, you’ll see them torch your crème brûlée to perfection and add whatever toppings you want. Head to their recently opened store in the Mission or go on their website to find the day’s location.
B. Street Waffles
If you’re looking for the best Belgian waffle in San Francisco, search no further. B. Street Waffles has brought the city classic Belgian waffles, even importing pearl sugar and waffle irons straight from Belgium, and has added a delicious twist. Without a store front, B. Street Waffles offers catering to any events and hosts a free waffle pop-up stand at the Capital One 360 Café on the first Wednesday of every month. From 9am to 11am the line stretches out the door as people wait for the month’s newest flavor of waffle. These have included ginger and lemon or chocolate cherry. Check out their website for more details about ordering and catering along with the many other flavors they have to offer.