Favorite French Patisseries in San Francisco

A Little Yumminess - San Francisco Bay Area
August 7, 2017

When you're in the mood for a decadent pastry or a bit of ambiance à la française, there are lots of places to satisfy your craving without having to ever leave San Francisco. These five French patisseries are favorites for breakfast, lunch, or just for popping in for a snack with the kids.

B. Patisserie

B. Patisserie is a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. A stylish cafe with an impressive selection of French pastries and breads, it feels like the perfect spot for an upscale, special outing. It's not a "kid place"—the ambiance is very grown up—but kids will find a lot to love on the menu, from seasonal fruit tarts to rich chocolate cakes and mousse, all made in classic French style. Kids will also enjoy watching the bakers at work in the open kitchen behind the expansive marble counter.

La Marais Bakery

La Marais is a true French bakery in the heart of the Marina District on Chestnut Street, serving a good array of classic French bakery items viennoiserie (croissants), brioche (morning buns), sucres (tarts, macarons, financiers), gâteau (cakes), and of course pain (levain, batard). They also have grilled sandwiches and integrate locally made products into their menu, such as Cowgirl Creamery Wagonwheel cheese. A downside of La Marais is its tiny size which makes stopping by with kids during peak times tricky, but luckily they're in the midst of expanding to the storefront next door.


Walking through the door of Miette in Hayes Valley feels like stepping into a fancy candy box. Jars of colorful candy greet you as well as Miette's signature cakes and confections. It's quite easy to be tempted by the homemade marshmallows, sea salt caramels, and gingerbread cupcakes, but you might want to save some room to try the French macarons. Miette's are not too sweet and come in flavors like rose, pistachio, hazelnut, and chocolate-orange.

Stacie Dong and Simran Singh are San Francisco moms with a passion for cooking, eating and exploring the world through food. On their blog, A Little Yumminess, they share recipes from around the world, favorite foodie destinations and ideas for bringing up adventurous eaters. In addition they teach kids' classes and camps throughout the year and are also available for private workshops and events. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


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