8 Bread Bakeries We Love In San Francisco

Thorough Bread and Pastry

This bakery in the Castro excels at making breads that are as pretty on the outside as they are flawlessly constructed on the inside. One prime example is the Rosemary Olive Fougasse. This Provencal loaf is made in the traditional tree shape, its branches spotted with bits of rosemary and green olive. The bread is chewy yet tender, with a hint of fruity olive oil. The chunks of olive are large enough to add a bit of brine and salt, while the rosemary perfumes every bite.

Delicious whole-wheat bread can be hard to find, but not at Thorough Bread. Case in point? Its Purple Whole Wheat Baguette. This bread has all the attributes of a traditional French baguette: a sturdy crust, a chewy yet airy interior with big, irregular holes, and a fresh and slightly sweet flavor. Thorough Bread also stocks a variety of other hard-to-find breads, such as a collection of demi-loaves and a terrific teff miche.

248 Church Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 (map); 415-558-0690 thoroughbreadandpastry.com

Carrie Vasios

Ah, bread. Is there anything more perfect than a freshly baked loaf? From slim, airy baguettes to nutty whole grain rounds, there is a style to fit every taste and occasion. That's why it's important to have a good bread bakery in your life: somewhere to go if you need a sweet, eggy challah to make your french toast or a tangy sourdough to dip in your soup.

Luckily San Francisco is home to more than its fair share of stand-out bakeries. There are well-known artisans like Acme and Tartine, as well as lesser known neighborhood spots. No list of bakeries in San Francisco would be complete without a Mexican bakery, a few baking cooperatives, and some old-school Italian-American purveyors who clearly hold onto the ancestral mantra that bread is essential to the table.

So, San Francisco, pull out a few dollars and get snacking. There are more than a few bakeries on the rise.

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