best bakeries in san francisco, Knead Patisserie
Something wonderful is happening on 24th Street, and I’m (almost) hesitant to write about it because it’s one of those things that is perhaps overrun once it becomes ‘too’ popular. But it’s wonderful, it really is. It’s Knead Patisserie, and it’s really worth checking out- especially if you love puff pastry.
What to know before you go: Knead is housed in a restaurant called Local Mission Eatery, itself a destination spot and worthy of a review. Knead is the name of the baking program, and it provides breads and desserts for the restaurant. Mornings however, Knead is the star. Though the restaurant part is closed, Knead’s pastry chef sets up a push-cart in the doorway of the Eatery, right on the sidewalk, and sells pastries to the morning-rush crowd, 7.30am -11am. (After the morning rush, you can find Knead inside, when the restaurant is open for the lunch crowd.) The specialty seems to be puff pastries of all kinds, both savory and sweet, and filled with whatever produce is in season. Custards, too. The technique is meticulous. These are beautiful creations, and you’ll taste the freshness and quality in each one. Beyond puff pastry, you’ll also find an assortment of other things too, like cinnamon twists, scones and cookies.
This place is such a tempting spot for a weekly ritual destination. The ownership is so friendly; a delicious treat, served with a smile, is a wonderful way to start your day.
(between Folsom St & Shotwell St)
San Francisco, CA 94110