The food scene in San Francisco is marked by restaurants of all kinds — including its bakeries.
As weekend lounging at cafes and bakeries seems to be one of the most popular pastimes for Palo Alto residents, it comes as a great surprise that Palo Alto bakeries are not the orgy of butter, fermented delight and quaint Palo Alto that you would come to expect from observing the local lifestyle. Bakeries, it turns out, are surprisingly out of line with the city’s bustling restaurant scene.
Still, a few gems do exist, though no bakery is better across the board. In several cases, I suggest buying bakery products from your local natural foods store, which are often of better quality than the offerings from Palo Alto bakeries.
Keep in mind that the ratings below are only for bread and pastries. Prepared foods are completely excluded.