We sought to find the Best Croissants in San Francisco. Time to line up bright and early. Ah somebody has to do this right? Here are the top candidates for your consideration..
1) Arsicault Bakery
397 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
This place blew up after a Bon Apetit Magazine article labelled them Bakery of the Year.
First-time bakery-owner Armando Lacayo opened this bakery in April 2016 after working in the finance industry. His great grandparents owned Arsicault Boulangerie in France in the 1900s.
The croissants are huge here, almost super sized. You are only allowed to buy 4 items on a visit, 2 of the same thing. Their kouign amann’s are very slim and dense, not as good as B Patisserie’s. The scones are just average, not as good as Arizmendi’s.
Don’t bother coming on weekends, the lines are just too long. We come here during the week around 8am and only wait 10-15 minutes.
2) Neighbor Bakehouse
2343 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
Way out in Dogpatch, this bakery has been churning out stellar items since January 2015. They make sweet and savory pastries + sourdough breads + sandwiches + coffee & tea. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
This beautiful place also sells out, so you need to come early. No limit on number of items you can buy at least.
The croissants are pretty close in quality to Arsicault’s but far smaller in stature. Nice and flaky, tender and light.
3) B Patisserie
2821 California St San Francisco, CA 94115
b/t Divisadero St & Broderick St
This popular bakery is run by Belinda Leong, previously of top restaurant, Gary Danko. Their Kouign amann’s are simply fantastic and to die for. The croissants are good but too dense in the middle. Not as airy as our top 2 picks.
Stick to the original Kouign Amanns and also be sure to try what we believe is a must get:
Passion fruit bostock. Boy this is fantastic.
4) Tartine Bakery & Cafe
600 Guerrero St San Francisco, CA 94110 b/t 19th St & 18th St Mission (415) 487-2600
Tartine is a popular bakery in the Mission district of San Francisco. Croissants are not their strong suit, these are just slightly above average. Not too light and airy, not large, not very delicate. Their bread is the must get here. Also try their banana cream tarts and morning buns.
Note: The new Tartine Manufactory does not sell their croissants, but does sell many other pastries as well as the fantastic Country Bread.
Do you have a favorite bakery we all need to know about?