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Five Top Bakeries To Get Acquainted with in San Francisco

The famed honey cake at 20th Century Cafe.


Lovely fragrant honey permeates the 10 ethereal layers of honey cake and honey buttercream stacked high at 20th Century Cafe in San Francisco.

Not surprisingly, it’s the top-selling treat there.

That’s Pastry Chef-Proprietor Michelle Polzine hard at work, assembling a fresh one, layer by delicate layer.

Pastry Chef Michelle Polzine in her open kitchen.

The first slice.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Polizine’s charming Central European cafe, there’s no time like now, especially with Mother’s Day around the corner. After all, what better way to spoil Mom on her special day than with some impeccable baked goods?

Fortunately, San Francisco has seen a boomlet in top-notch pastry shops opening up in the past two years. Besides 20th Century Cafe, here are four others worth checking out: B. Patisserie, Craftsman and Wolves, Tout Sweet, and Le Marais.

What’s prompted this latest bakery bonanza? Read all about it in my story in the May issue of Food Arts.

Gorgeous pastries from Craftsman and Wolves.

The unique butternut squash-black quinoa bread at Le Marais.