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Place for dessert near Ferry Building

I am looking for a place to have coffee/tea and dessert within walking distance of the Ferry Building. It's on a Saturday around lunchtime and it's for someone who doesn't love crowds so I'd rather avoid Miette and just be in the near vicinity. I haven't been spending much time in that area now that I don't work around there and am not familiar with what's in the area now. Thanks so much for any ideas.

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  1. Hmm, I'm surprised that nobody has replied to this, so I thought I'd help out by bumping it up to the top. :-)

    I haven't worked in that area for a year either. But I've strolled down on my days off. How formal are you looking to be? Sit down with cloth napkins and table service? Or would it work to simply go to the Ferry Building, get coffee/tea at Peet's, maybe some gelato from that gelato place, or something heavier from the market, and grab a private bench along the water? Or, if there's no seating at the Ferry Building, stroll across the Embarcadero to Justin Herman Plaza?

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    1. re: weem

      Dessert at Boulette's Larder (Ferry Building)?

      1. re: Atomica

        Read through the post -- the whole point the OP is attempting is to avoid the Saturday Ferry Plaza crowds and there is none worse than the one gathered around Boulette's Larder.

        1. re: Carrie 218

          Which is why it's not surprising that there aren't many suggestions. I dunno--North Beach? Walking distance to some. Not so much for others. And I don't think Sens is open for Saturday at lunch. How about Boulevard or One Market?

          ETA: Boulevard and One Market not open for lunch on Saturdays.

        2. re: Atomica

          When we're in that part of the city we get food from Boulette's Larder -- and I don't remember seeing dessert there.

          1. re: Kim Cooper

            They have lots of desserts there... tarts, cakes, etc.

            1. re: chemchef

              LOL I guess the food is so good I forget about dessert....

      2. Sens is probably quiet at that time.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Yeah, but they let their star pastry chef go ... which was the main reason for going there. Any reports about dessert since?

          1. re: rworange

            Irrelevant as they're open for lunch only Monday-Friday.

            The neighborhood's pretty dead on the weekend.

        2. I might walk down to the Palace Hotel. The dessert has to be okay, and the venue is outstanding. Another possibility is Citizen Cupcake, which is about a 15 minute walk.

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          Garden Court of the Palace Hotel
          2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94105

          Citizen Cupcake Cafe
          2 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA

          1. I've had REALLY good dessert at the Cosmopolitan. The website says that the bar is open around lunch time, so I'm not 100% sure that the kitchen is working at that hour as well, but if it is, I think the dessert there was really good.

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            Cosmopolitan Restaurant & Bar
            121 Spear St., San Francisco, CA 94105