5 Must-Try Dessert Spots in SF

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It is no secret that San Francisco has something for everyone, especially in regards to food. The city embraces food from all over the world along with creating innovative food fusions of various cultures and practices

However, while San Francisco savory meals options for brunch, lunch and dinner are truly remarkable, the dessert department is something not to be missed. Check out these five dessert spots in San Francisco!

The Ice Cream Bar

The Ice Cream Bar is the perfect place to go to if you are looking for a delicious frozen treat and wonderful vibes. The Ice Cream Bar is known for its fantastic ice cream and milkshakes, but the retro inspired venue is nothing to miss as well. The bar holds a 1930s style fountain that contributes to the old school vibes that transfers their customers back in time. They have an extensive and authentic menu where everything served is made in house. With milkshakes, sundaes, brownies, and a variety of ice cream flavors, The Ice Cream Bar is bound to have something for everyone. On top of a vast menu, The Ice Cream Bar prides itself on one particular item, the boozy alcohol milkshakes. These milkshakes are the sweet that sets Ice Cream Bar apart from other dessert establishments. Whether you are looking for a milkshake with a twist or a simple scoop of ice cream, The Ice Cream Bar is the place for you. 

Location:  815 Cole Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

Genki Crepes & Mini Mart

While there are many fantastic crepe spots within San Francisco, Genki Crepes & Mini Mart is truly one of a kind. This compact Clement street establishment has something for everyone. Their menu consists of both sweet and savory crepes in addition to allowing customers to build their own with everything from Nutella, mozzarella, ice cream, matcha, cheesecake, to even fruits. The Mini Mart also offers a plethora of Asian snacks from Thailand and Japan along with milk teas and smoothies. Genki Crepes & Mini Mart is a great place to satisfy your sweet tooth and indulge in many different kinds of treats as well.  

Location: 330 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118


Naya is a restaurant that specializes in Asian desserts. The name of the dessert spot “Naya” means expression in Thai. Through their name, they hope their customers are able to express and feel closer to their surroundings and want to eat anytime. This consideration for their customers is seen through their menu where they have a variety of sweets to choose from like bingsu, fried vanilla ice cream, banana nutella rolls, crepe cakes, and much more. They also offer savory meals as well if you are looking for a fulfilling meal before indulging in desserts. The small and intimate cafe provides all with such a comfort and warmth in both atmosphere and food that is like no other. 

Location: 535 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102 or 5338 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

Bob’s Donuts

Bob’s Donuts is a household name within San Francisco for very good reasons. The family owned donut shop opened for business in 1960, and has continued to serve the San Francisco community with handmade donuts ever since. Bob’s Donuts are made fresh, so they just melt in your mouth. They are known for their Peanut Butter and Jelly donuts, but their chocolate glaze and Oreo donuts are a close second. Even if you are not a fan of desserts, these donuts have the power to change your mind. 

Location: 1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Hot Cookie

Hot Cookie arguably sells the best tasting and creative cookies in San Francisco. All of their cookies have fun quirky names and shapes to match national holidays or events happening within the city. The cookies offer a perfect balance of moist and crumbling textures that make them truly delicious. The brownies are nothing short of praise, for they too have that perfect balance that is needed within baked goods. If you are a cookie lover, stop by Hot Cookie for a sweet treat and a fun time. 

Location: 407 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114 or 1817 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Erin Brown

Erin is currently a senior at the University of San Francisco. She is an LA native, but absolutely adores the Bay Area and all the wonderful foods and restaurants it has to offer. She enjoys writing and learning about new organizations and businesses within the city.