There's no bottling the spirit of a cafe in Paris, lingering over croissants and a Café Noisette. But at times we come close. Here are just a few authentic Parisian baked goods from gifted Bay Area bakers.
The bakery that launched a thousand imitators: Tartine has been churning out butter-heavy, truly perfect croissants and those widely copied morning buns for years. Lines down the sidewalk are just part of the daily experience.
Oh, those almond croissants. From apple galettes to savory gougeres, Thorough Bread & Pastry, the Castro's best bakery, gets French baked goods right. Head home with a few just-baked baguettes in your bag.
Tucked in the back of Local: Mission Eatery, Knead Patisserie is where France and SF collide in CA-influenced French baked goods like pomme d'amour, palmiers, and butter pecan croissants.
On the road to Sonoma, there's no better bakery stop than Della Fattoria for elegant tarts, divine croissants, and Nor Cal-influenced Meyer lemon rosemary bread.
Marin's version of Tartine, Beth's Community Kitchen fresh bakes croissants, morning buns, tarts and breads that take more than a tip from Paris... and SF.
Fine dining pastry chef Belinda Leong recently opened her chic patisserie which often sells out early of its beauteous baked goods, particularly flaky kouign amann or daily changing viennoiserie (croissants, brioche, pain au chocolat, and the like).