best san francisco bakeries series: Sandbox
Bernal Heights is a neighborhood that is off the beaten path for many San Franciscans, and it’s largely unknown to tourists. Located in the hills to the south of the Mission District and SOMA, this neighborhood has preserved a quiet and some might say quirky lifestyle that makes it unique, a blend of bohemians, horticulturists and foodies, eco-yuppie types and other kinds of latte-drinking liberals. The oldest and best ‘still-running’ farmer’s market in San Francisco is found here every Saturday and after hitting that, or maybe before hitting that, I have another destination for you: Sandbox Bakery.
The owner is a veteran of some high profile establishments here in the Bay Area, including La Farine, Chez Panisse and the Slanted Door, and she brings a high standard to the baking here, which is evident in the food. And yes, on second thought the earlier you can get here the better. This bakery makes everything fresh daily and in small batches. The first time I made a visit, it had closed early at about 1pm; they’d sold out of everything! Of course, my visit was within a week of an article in the New York Times, featuring Sandbox, so I’m sure that had everything to do with it. The secret hath left the bag. Now, I go early!
By the way, everything I’ve ever had there is perfect. They’re known for their croissants and scones, and japanese pastries. In the end I say, get whatever you want in full confidence;-)Sandbox Bakery, 833 Cortland Ave
(between Ellsworth St & Gates St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
–>>reviews on Yelp.com here.