Best San Francisco Bakeries in The Mission

Updated on March 29, 2016
Enjoying a cornmeal rosemary cherry doughnut at Dynamo Donut & Coffee.
Enjoying a cornmeal rosemary cherry doughnut at Dynamo Donut & Coffee. | Source

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 6 delicious, trendy gourmet bakeries.

The neighborhoods of San Francisco. The Mission is in the center right.
The neighborhoods of San Francisco. The Mission is in the center right. | Source

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.

My vanilla bean custard with fruit from Craftsman & Wolves.
My vanilla bean custard with fruit from Craftsman & Wolves. | Source
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Craftsman & Wolves:
746 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

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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 Donuts storefront.
The Dynamo Donuts storefront. | Source
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Dynamo Donut & Coffee:
2760 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

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The Mission Pie storefront.
The Mission Pie storefront. | Source
My broccoli cheddar quiche from Mission Pie.
My broccoli cheddar quiche from Mission Pie. | Source

Mission Pie

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.

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Mission Pie:
2901 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

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The Anthony's Cookies storefront.
The Anthony's Cookies storefront. | Source

Anthony's Cookies

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.

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Anthony's Cookies:
1417 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

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The Arizmendi Bakery storefront.
The Arizmendi Bakery storefront. | Source

Arizmendi Bakery

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.

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Arizmendi Bakery:
1268 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

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The Pie Fridays pie cart with owner, Sunde.
The Pie Fridays pie cart with owner, Sunde. | Source

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 5pm, 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).

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Pie Fridays Pie Cart:
19th Street & Linda Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

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      • Charito1962 profile image

        Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

        3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

        Hi, Ms. Christy! The first and last time I was in San Francisco was in 1987. Too bad I didn't see these bakeries, considering I have a sweet tooth. I love donuts, cookies and other pastries!

        Anyway, I know where to go if I have the chance to be again in San Francisco. Thanks for the info!

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        poetryman6969 

        3 years ago

        I don't remember San Francisco being nearly as much fun as you make it look! I need to try to visit these places when I return.

      • Christy Kirwan profile imageAUTHOR

        Christy Kirwan 

        3 years ago from San Francisco

        Gosh, this Hub is getting so many great comments today! What a lovely surprise. :)

        It's so neat to hear about everyones' memories of San Francisco. It really is a fantastic city with loads of great food.

        I have a bit of a sad update for this Hub. After several years of delicious pies and happy customers, Sunde of Pie Friday's has stopped selling from her pie cart. She is, however, still accepting orders for whole pies.

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        Liz Elias 

        3 years ago from Oakley, CA

        Funny, I was born and raised in San Francisco, but rarely went into the Mission District. Interestingly, the Mission district actually has two parts, the Inner Mission, (featured in your article), and the Outer Mission, from about Caesar Chavez (formerly Army St.) out to the county line at Daly city.

        We lived in the area defined on your map as "Bayshore," but that map is incomplete, for the neighborhood just south of Candlestick Point is called "Little Hollywood," and the neighborhood to the west and southwest of there (across Bayshore Blvd.), is called "Visitacion Valley." That is where I grew up.

        I spent more time out by the beach and Golden Gate Park, as well as downtown than I did in the Mission. Mostly, if I was "in" the Mission district, I was just passing through on my way elsewhere. But all of that was many, many years ago--like over 40.

        Voted up, interesting and useful.

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        Peg Cole 

        3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

        Secret pie exchange...I'm in. I love pie and have considered opening a pie shop here or at least baking pies for restaurants to sell by the slice. The health regulations are quite strict. I checked into what it would take to serve home made goodies at a concession stand for a friend who runs auctions and opted out. I guess it would be easier to make a get-away with a rolling pie cart!

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        Audrey Howitt 

        3 years ago from California

        Oh yum! I am here frequently and have to try some of these out!

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        Audrey Hunt 

        3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Oh, what I would give for some double chocolate banana pie from Pie Fridays Pie Cart. Hey, I could be the look-out person. :)

        I lived many years in the Bay Area and even in San Francisco for a time. It's the greatest city ever! I'm quite familiar with the mission district and you've done a stellar job with the best bakeries in this area.

        Maybe I'll move back just to indulge myself in some of that mouth-watering double chocolate banana pie.

        Voted up ++++ and sharing of course!

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        Susie Lehto 

        3 years ago from Minnesota

        What a great way to spend a day, going out to try foods at bakeries. That is a perfect opportunity to bring a camera and create a hub.

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        swilliams 

        4 years ago

        I can't wait to visit San Francisco again. The last time i was there I did not know where to go. Now I have a list of great places to eat. For some reason I ended up at thrift stores...I don' know why. Love the pictures! Great article! Voted up and tweeted out!

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        Jeff 

        4 years ago from Madison, WI

        Love the article! Useful for someone coming to town. Picture are great also, you look so San Francisco!

      • Christy Kirwan profile imageAUTHOR

        Christy Kirwan 

        5 years ago from San Francisco

        Thanks! It was tons of fun doing the "research" too. I highly recommend trying something similar in your area. :D

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        Mary Craig 

        5 years ago from New York

        Okay, so now I want to move to San Francisco ;) This is a very useful hub for anyone living in the area or visiting the area.

        Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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