Best croissant in SF


in my never ending quest to find the perfect croissant outside of Paris, I always stop into any French-style bakery to try the plain croissant to see how it stacks up to Eric Kayser.

So far, my favorite in SF is hands down at Arsicault Bakery in the Richmond District. This unassuming place doesn’t look like much on the outside, located at 397 Arguello Street, just north of Clement Street. Inside, a small display case and counter displays the days offerings. The pain au chocolat, koiugn amann and berry paille were all good, but this is about the plain croissant.


Here are the pain au chocolat and plain croissant before I touched them. For me, a good croissant is crispy and flaky on the outside with a hundred layers of dough, with a soft, tender interior. This is how the Arsicault croissant looks after I touched it:


Nice and buttery, the shards of flaky goodness fell all over as the croissant shattered in my hands. Perfect.

The only downside to this croissant is that it may prevent you from eating thei other excellent treats, including a crusty almond croissant and savory ham & cheese croissant.


The amiable owner, Armando Lacayo proudly displays a vintage bakery delivery cars in the mezzanine of his cafe. The cart dates back to the 1900’s and is from Armando’s great-grandparents bakery, Arsicault Boulangerie in France.


This wins junkfoodie’ vote for Best Croissant in SF… For now. The search continues!


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