If you don’t like dessert, you and I can’t be friends.
Just move on… skip the article… BYE!
Dessert is just as important as the entree in my book.
I mean… ice cream makes everything better. So does chocolate. And even better… CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM. Amen?!
Thank God we live in San Francisco, a land where there ain’t NO shortage of bomb ass ice cream spots, bakeries and donut shops.
Now if you love to eat like me and you want to do life right… I recommend trying at least half of these heavenly treats at some point in time.
Might I recommend…
A CRUFFIN at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (Oh heck yes)
Why: It’s one of the hottest spots in SF right now. Get there before 10 am and grab a cruffin (croissants baked in muffin tins, then rolled in sugar and filled with pastry cream).
No joke, if you aren’t here by 10am, all the good sh*t will be sold out. I literally tell everyone to come here and they always thank me later.
Tip: GO early. You should probably start walking/ barting/ driving now.
Belly Good Cafe & Crepes in Japantown Mall (soo cute!)
Why: I mean, look at how cute this is! Who knew eating a cute little animal made of ice cream could taste so damn good.
PS: The crepes are made super fresh, like literally right in front of you.
Tip: Get your camera ready, because you’re gunna want a picture before it melts.
A Kouign Amman at B. Patisserie (There’s honestly nothing better)
Why: If it’s your first time at B. Patisserie, you’ll be standing there for about 15 minutes making the hardest decisions of your life.
But if there’s ONE thing you have to try, it’s the signature kouign amman. It’s heaven on a plate: flaky on the outside, fluffy on the inside with layers of complete perfection. If you’re lucky, they have the chocolate or fruit filled ones.
Tip: This place is literally perfect to kick back, relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee. It’s also a great spot for catching up with friends.
Mitchell’s Ice Cream (OMG. Those flavors though!)
Why: This is a staple San Francisco ice cream shop that has been around probs before you were born. They’ve got the best and most unique flavors you’ll ever taste. Like this orange scoop of Thai Tea on top of Grasshopper Pie (peppermint ice cream with chocolate chips, oreo cookies and fudge swirls).
Tip: Grab a ticket and wait for your number to be called. They also have a parking lot in the back!
Tartine Bakery (Holy freakin cow)
Why: This bakery rocks my world. Get the morning bun, lemon tart, banana tart, almond croissant, bread pudding… gahh I could go on forever.
Anyway, they use organic produce as much as possible and use organic flour, sugar, and local eggs. Sooo… it’s sorta like eating healthy… right?!
Tip: The lines get really long but don’t worry, it moves fast!
PS: Tartine has over 5,000 Yelp reviews and has been featured on NY Times, SF Gate, Wall St. Journal, Oprah Magazine, etc.
An Egg Tart from Golden Gate Bakery (So dreamy)
Why: If you haven’t had one… ugh… just go have one. They are always made fresh from the oven because they sell so quickly, hence why the line is always out the door + down the block.
Tip: Cash only. But you don’t need much of it since they’re only $1.35 each.
A Russian Honey Cake from 20th Century Cafe (Omg)
Why: You get layers on layers on layers of cake and caramelized honey cream in between. It’s light, fluffy and flavorful without being too sweet.
PS: The entire staff is dressed in full on 1950’s retro attire with over sized pointy glasses. Pretty cool, right?
Tip: This was featured on 7×7 on their annual list of 100 things to eat before you die. Which means, you gotta come try it!
A donut from Bob’s Donut & Pastry Shop (holy wow…)
Why: They’ve got the BEST and freshest donuts in SF. They also have the most massive donut ever. If you come early enough, you’ll see. It’s probably twice the size of your face.
Tip: The freshest batch are always the ones on the rack directly behind the counter. Just ask them which ones they are, and you get to enjoy a terrific warm donut.
PS: They’re open 24 hrs/ cash only.