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Best bakeries for pastries and cakes in SF?

Hi, I'm visiting from Vancouver next month and wanted to know which bakeries have good pastries and cakes? I bought treats from Mara's, Miette and Costeaux Bakery (Healdsburg) during my last visit and am wondering where else I should visit! Thanks.

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  1. Patisserie Philippe
    655 Townsend St
    excellent my new favorite

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    1. re: Lori SF

      I just had a coffee eclair there today and it was fine but not outstanding. The icing was too sweet - seemed like the icing on a frosted donut.

    2. Masse's Pastries
      1469 Shattuck Avenue btw Rose Street and Vine
      Berkeley 94709

      Lotta's Bakery
      1720 Polk Street
      San Francisco 94109

      Petit Patisserie
      1415 - 18th Street
      San Francisco, Ca 94107

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      1. re: Cynsa

        We hit up Masse's Pastries for the first time this weekend. Wonderful. The ginger snap was chewy without being undercooked, the fig-goat cheese brioche was smooth, subtle and decadent. It was all wonderful -- pretty to look ate and even tastier to eat.

      2. Tartine (16th and Guerrero) is great, I love the almond croissants and tart (frangipane) and they have some very beautiful looking cakes I haven't tried.

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        1. re: atjsfo

          Their Lemon Cream Tart is the best I have ever tasted.

          1. re: atjsfo

            thanks so much for the info, everyone!

            1. re: atjsfo

              Tartine is actually on Valencia at 18th. It is small with only a few tables and generally (especially on the weekends) there is a line out the door and up the street. But I would agree with atisfo's recomendation.

              Stella's (Italian) Bakery on Columbus in North Beach has some pretty outstanding pastries. They are famous for their Sacripantina which is my favorite. If you are a chocolate fan, their Chocolate Fedora is really good too.

              1. re: JockY

                You're both a bit off. It's 18th and Guerrero.

                1. re: Atomica

                  How about a locator?

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                  Tartine Bakery
                  600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            2. tartine, citizen cake, kara's cupcakes, bi rite creamery, ici, if you're in berkeley at all, and if you happen to go to the ferry plaza farmers market on saturday there are a number of good pastry people there (downtown bakery, frog hollow, noe valley). but it all depends on what items you are looking for.

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                1. re: linz

                  What are some things you like from downtown bakery or noe valley for pastries? I've tried a few things at the ferry plaza from them but wasn't impressed, maybe I just picked the wrong things. :(

                  1. re: soft tofu

                    I'm not familiar with what Downtown Bakery brings to Ferry Plaza, but from the Healdsburg shop, I like the sticky buns, scones, many of the cookies, and something new, raspberry swirl which is the sticky bun made with raspberries.

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      Visited the Ferry Plaza market this weekend and saw that Downtown bring the fruit jam pockets to SF. Love the raspberry ones, made with homemade jam encased in a crumbly, short sweet dough. But didn't buy one because I'd already indulged in a cannele de Bordeaux from Boulette's Larder for a whopping $3.50. It was excellent.

                    2. re: soft tofu

                      Lemon bars, almond bars, donut muffins, galettes, cookies.

                      Also, best hot dog buns around.

                  2. If you're in the Berkeley area, Crixa.

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                    Crixa Cakes
                    2748 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Oh Crixa, you so rock. Tartine, Citizen Cake, and Bi Rite Creamery (for ice cream cakes) are certainly amazing, but Crixa Cakes in Berkeley has the most unique selection of delicious Eastern European and Mediterranean pastries and cakes I've ever experienced.