Best San Francisco Bakeries in the Mission
The Mission is located at the heart of San Francisco, bordered by Highway 101 to the East and Sanchez St. to the West. It's one of the city's larger neighborhoods with Mission St. at its heart. The culture of the Mission is trendy and avant-garde with an interesting mix of fashionable boutiques, thrift shops, colorful murals and street art, dive bars, and gourmet eateries.
The Mission is also a Latino cultural hotspot. It boasts the best Mexican and Salvadorian food in the city, along with a plethora of fresh, cheap fruit markets and bodegas. In fact, if you've ever had a Mission-style burrito (those huge burritos stuffed with rice, beans, meat, and salsa) you were eating a piece of genuine San Francisco history. That's right, the Mission burrito was developed right here in the San Francisco Mission in the 1960s.
While not as famous as the burritos, the Mission also boasts a number of incredible bakeries. From doughnuts to cookies to pies to Salvadorian sweet breads, the locals know that there's a worthwhile specialty place for any type of baked good you can imagine.
Last summer one of my best girlfriends and I went on a "bakery crawl" and spent the whole day walking around the Mission tasting delicious baked goods, so I have personally sampled every place I'm recommending. Whether you're a tourist or a local, you'll want to check out these six delicious, trendy gourmet bakeries.
Craftsman & Wolves
Specialty: Craftsman & Wolves specializes in chocolates, desserts, and sweet and savory pastries. They also offer a few varieties of coffee, hot chocolate, and tea.
Location: The cafe is a small but classy space with a modern feel. It has bare brick walls, plain wooden family-style tables and benches, and a lovely minimalist counter display.
The Craftsman & Wolves Website
- Craftsman & Wolves
Craftsman and Wolves, a notion of Outfit Generic, is a contemporary pâtisserie located in San Francisco’s vibrant Mission district.
Dynamo Donut & Coffee
Specialty: Dynamo Donuts specializes in small artisan donuts in exotic flavors. They also offer coffee and a few other cafe drink options.
Location: This place is small and it gets really crowded inside. The storefront is a window where you can order donuts and coffee to go, but they also have a lovely little patio garden in the back. If you want to sit and eat, I recommend placing your order up front (rather than waiting for an indoor seat to order) and taking your food and drinks to the back patio if the weather's nice.
The Dynamo Donut & Coffee Website
- Dynamo Donut & Coffee
Dynamo uses Clover Organic Milk for it's coffee and donuts. Each donut utilizes organic, sustainable, and local ingredients whenever possible. They are always handmade daily by Sara and her dedicated staff.
Specialty: Mission Pie specializes in, unsurprisingly, pies. They offer sweet and savory pies and tarts with options for both vegetarians and vegans as well. Coffee and tea are also served. Their ingredients are all ethically sourced and they try to use locally produced products whenever possible.
Location: The shop is located directly on Mission St. It's a comfortable corner building with lots of nice, large windows. There are a couple large and small tables and a kids' corner with activities for young children.
The Mission Pie Website
Mission Pie is a corner cafe, bakery and neighborhood gathering place. Our Menu is simple and unfussy, pie- centric, yet not pie-exclusive.
Specialty: Anthony's Cookies specializes in, of course, cookies. In fact, they pretty much just sell cookies. But the cookies are incredibly good. Some of the flavors include candied pecan chip, cinnamon spice, and whole wheat oatmeal cranberry. Yum!
Location: Anthony's Cookies is pretty small inside, with only a single long table and bench for sitting, but it seems like most people order cookies to go anyway. The counter has a neat shadowbox milk bottle theme and the menus are all handwritten on chalkboards.
The Anthony's Cookies Website
- Anthony's Cookies
Anthony's is the home of the best artisan cookies!
Specialty: Arizmendi specializes in savory baked goods, especially pizza. They offer a few sweet items as well, but seriously, get the pizza. Their breads are also exceptional (especially the cheese bread and rosemary bread).
Location: Arizmendi is usually pretty crowded and they only have a few small tables, so you'll probably have to wait in line, then wait for a table (if you plan to eat in). They have a neat setup with most of the baked goods displayed on shelves so you can self-serve. You have to order the pizza up front, though, but it's totally worth it.
The Arizmendi Bakery Website
- Arizmendi Bakery Panaderia & Pizzeria
Our distinctive and delicious pizza, pastries, and breads have made us repeat winners for best bakery and pizzeria in the Bay Area in local media. We roll and bake our food right in front of you, bringing fresh bread out of the ovens all day long.
The Pie Fridays Pie Cart
Specialty: Pies, of course. Delicious, unique homemade pies in seasonal flavors.
Location: Now, this place is really something different. It's a little street corner pie cart that shows up every Friday evening to sell incredible homemade pies. The pies are different each week, and the owner, Sunde, posts the week's flavors on her website ahead of time. Since it's a little cart without any shelter, she doesn't show up on rainy days. She's there every Friday at 5 p.m., and once she sells out, she leaves.
The pie cart is all under the radar, so when the cops show up, she has to take off. It's like a secret agent pie exchange! The locals love her and her pie, though, so we keep coming back (and so does she).
The Pie Fridays Website
- Pie Fridays
Pie Fridays, the weekend pie cart. Sunde started baking pies for her pie-crazed husband and decided to take her delicious creations to the street after perfecting them.