This Monday, Oct. 14, the last course will come first. National Dessert Day offers perfect excuse to indulge in the sweet treat of your choice.
San Francisco has plenty of quality dessert spots, so which to choose? To help you plan your outing, here’s a roundup of the top dessert destinations, delivered by Hoodline using Yelp data and our own secret recipe.
1. U: Dessert Story
Topping the list is U: Dessert Story. Located at 3489 16th St. (between Dehon and Sanchez streets) in the Castro, this spot — which serves sweets inspired by Korean, Japanese and Thai flavors — is the most popular dessert spot in San Francisco, boasting 4.5 stars out of 1,152 reviews on Yelp. Stop in for crepe cakes, matcha lava cakes and mounds of mango sticky rice bingsoo.
2. Minamoto Kitchoan
Next up is the Financial District's Minamoto Kitchoan, situated at 648 Market St. With 4.5 stars out of 380 reviews on Yelp, this location of the international chain of Japanese dessert shops has proven to be a local favorite, offering treats like mochi, waffle cookies and dorayaki.
3. Dragon Papa Dessert
Chinatown's Dragon Papa Dessert, located at 752 Grant Ave. (near the corner of Grant Avenue and Clay Street), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving it 4.5 stars out of 351 reviews. The specialty here is handmade dragon's beard (traditional Chinese cotton candy), in flavors like mango, strawberry and green tea. Sweet mochi and rock candy are on the menu, too.
4. Schubert's Bakery
Schubert's Bakery in the Inner Richmond is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 1,654 Yelp reviews. Founded in 1911, it offers a wide variety of classic cakes and other desserts, including the famed Swedish princess cake, with layers of sponge cake, raspberry jam, whipped cream, pastry cream and marzipan. Head over to 521 Clement St. (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) to sample it for yourself.
5. Genki Crepes & Mini-Mart
Finally, there's the Inner Richmond's Genki Crepes & Mini-Mart, which has earned four stars out of 2,194 reviews on Yelp. You can find the creperie at 330 Clement St. (between Fourth and Fifth avenues), where it offers Asian-style dessert crepes stuffed with green tea ice cream, fresh fruit, red bean paste and other favorite treats.
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