the best kouign amanns in san francisco

b.Patisserie is the brainchild of two esteemed pastry chefs who decided to bestow upon San Francisco a deliberately European salon de thé with a beautifully long pastry display drawing in an ever-present line. b.Patisserie has been serving up viennoiseries, tartines and cakes in Pacific Heights since 2012 and more recently (consistent with the SF to Seoul bakery trend) also gifted Seoul with a location in Gangnam.

While the entire pastry case is designed to tempt, you’re here for the kouign amanns. They’ve perfected the buttery sweet Breton pastries here and always keep a generous pile right at the front, accompanied by some of the best pastries in the city. Whether it’s a quick morning pit stop or a casual afternoon coffee, b.Patisserie lives up to the hype.

the details

Address2821 California St, San Francisco
HoursSF: 8am – 4pm everyday
Seoul: 10am – 10:30pm everyday

$$ – fairly standard pricing, pastries at $3-5, tartine and salad at $11

Aestheticsimple, European patisserie – marble counters and an open flow of pastries from the kitchen

good to know

Go here for: satisfying that European pastry craving

Order this: kouign amanns (the original or seasonal flavors), and maybe a pretty cake while you’re at it

Amount of time to spend: great for to-go orders or to linger for moment for a casual coffee and snack

When to come: mornings tend to be busier than the afternoon, but it’s always a good time

Getting here: 

SF: buses 1 and 24 take you straight to the California and Divisadero intersection, otherwise your best bet is probably taking a car (metered parking is limited though).

Seoul: the bakery is about the same distance from Apgujeong and Sinsa stations (orange line).

Other things to note: 

  • They have a sister restaurant on the opposite corner, B. On The Go, which specializes in sandwiches and salads. 
  • There is no wifi, and it’s not the type of place for working.

Last visited: October 2019

Last updated: August 2020

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