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Good bakery in the peninsula?

Any good bakeries in Burlingame/Millbrae/San Mateo/San Carlos/Redwood City areas? I am looking for a place with great pastries and cakes.

The closest thing I have found so far is La Biscotteria in RWC, but they only sell biscotti, foccacia and cannoli. I have been going to Whole Foods in RWC, but I am looking for more unique cakes and pastries.

Any suggestions?

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  1. well, one place to try is copenhagen in burlingame. pei put me on to their princess cake, which i got for my grandma's 87th bday. she loved it, but she's getting more and more of a sweet tooth.

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    1. re: echo

      A third for Copenhagen. One of my favorities there is the Romanoff cake (get it with bananas too!). The chocolate ganache really adds to the usual "white cake with strawberry fruit filling."

    2. Copenhagen... just checked out the web site. Looks pretty good. I will give it a try. Thanks!

      1. Try Sogo Bakery in Millbrae (in the same complex as Lunardi's). Probably one of the best branches of Sogo, really high quality Asian and Taiwanese Western style pastries. Mango mousse cake seems nice and their snack/breakfast buns are great for a quick bite to go and good portions/price ratio.

        Satura Cakes in Palo Alto might be worth a visit, though a bit out of your range. Very high quality pastries modeled after Japanese cakes, not cheap, but hard to find this style of cakes elsewhere. First shop opened in Los Altos. Not sure how much cakes are, but individual slices/pieces can go up to $6 (like a strawberry shortcake thing) though past reviews have been all praises.

        I too second the Copenhagen Bakery rec for delish Danish style pastries and bread.

        1. Thanks for the tips. I will try Sogo Bakery as well.

          1. technically sogo is in burlingame. the lunardi's center (which also has 5a) is a couple blocks south of millbrae ave.

            1. I recommend Copenhagen as well for special occasion cakes. Always tasty and beautiful!

              1. Copenhagen's is good.

                Dianda's is another option. More traditional Italian pastries, cakes, cookies, and beyond.

                1. what about:
                  Galli's Sanitary Bakery
                  324 Grand Ave
                  South San Francisco, CA 94080

                  A friend recommends their tiramisu. I have to check it out one day.

                  1. My MIL recently got a lemon cake from Woodside Bakery that was quite good. It was sponge cake with lemon curd and whipped cream.

                    1. If you're passing through Melo Park you should give Martha's Pastrys in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center (just off Sand Hill Rd, next to the 'secret' Safeway). They have buttery, elegant cookies and fantastic coffee cakes. It's everything you've ever dreamed of. Highly recommended.

                      1. In San Mateo there is Dianda's

                        1. The Cakery on Burlingame Ave near Copenhagen. Copenhagen is okay, but Cakery is far superior.

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                          1. re: snw

                            Have to agree here, love the Cakery cakes, and esp. the hot cross buns in the spring.

                          2. In San Carlos at 617 Laurel (near San Carlos Ave.) try Vivaldi's aka Chocolate Mousse. They have a wide selection of cakes by the slice, pastries, bagels, sandwiches, coookies, pies, breads, and even gelato.

                            1. How many is that for Copenhagen?

                              I grew up with it... literally. I think it is almost 25 years old or so? Maybe 30?

                              I love it.

                              Also the Woodside Bakery in .. you guessed it.