Top 10 Sweet Desserts in the Bay Area
Specialty Pastries, Pies, Cookies, Chocolate & More
August 27, 2021

The Bay Area has nothing less than an abundance of amazing bakeries — from Manresa Bread in Los Gatos all the way to James and the Giant Cupcake in Oakland and Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville. We're proud to deliver them all over the Bay Area so you can get the Bay Area's best baked goods, all in one box! Here are some of our favorites:

Manresa Bread - Monkey Bread 

Manresa Bread is nothing short of spectacular. Head Baker and 2020 James Beard finalist Avery Ruzicka founded Manresa’s bakery while working for Chef David Kinch’s Manresa restaurant. Ruzicka personally mills 90% of the local grains on a 40” New American Stone Mill. The bakery items from Manresa are hard to beat and it's no surprise to see a line out the door within minutes of opening. 

Manresa and Manresa Bread were rightfully James Beard award finalists and Manresa itself has earned an astonishing 3-Michelin star title. They have been featured in 7x7, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, Sunset Magazine, Modern Luxury, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Esquire, Cherry Bombe and so much more. 

Manresa Bread Monkey Bread is a showstopper and gets the credit it deserves. Made with mounds of fluffy, cinnamon-y dough, this monkey bread is one of the best local pastries around. If you’re hoping to get your hands on one, or two, we recommend ordering early in the week!

James and the Giant Cupcake - Sea Salt Caramel Cupcake 

Founded in the summer of 2008, James and The Giant Cupcake founder Eurydice Manning brought to life her dream of starting her own business. Her inspiration came from a trip to NYC where she relieved the childhood joy of eating cupcakes and felt that they brought people a feeling that no other food could. Manning uses only sustainable ingredients in her cupcakes and even offers gluten free and vegan options to offer a  cupcake for everyone. 

James and The Giant Cupcake is a hot commodity for weddings and parties and is known for their beautiful wedding cakes and custom cupcakes. The business is highlighted by Zagat, Weddingwire and the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Using only the freshest ingredients from local farmer’s markets, Manning creates cupcakes like this Sea Salt Caramel Cupcake. The flavors in this cupcake all combine to create a sweet, salty, and rich chocolate base topped with vanilla buttercream and a swirl of salted caramel sauce. A cupcake that is truly out of this world! 

Alexander’s Patisserie - Banana Chocolate Croissant 

Alexander’s Patisserie is served alongside the well known Alexander’s Steakhouse. Chef Partner Claude Le Tohic has brought his significant Michelin star experience to the creation of this business. The Patisserie presents a unique experience offering coffee, sweet treats and even afternoon tea with beautiful decor and attention to detail. 

Claude Le Tohic is an essential asset to Alexander’s Patisserie, as he himself has earned the Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2004, the award of James Beard Foundation Winner for Best Chefs in America in 2010 and a Michelin Guide Three-star rating in 2010. Featured in Gayot multiple times, The Michelin Guide, Hoodline, Forbes, SF Eater, SF Weekly, and Eater SF, Alexander’s continues to live up to its name.

One of the many devine bakery items from Alexander’s Patisserie is this Banana Chocolate Croissant. Filled with decadent chocolate and banana, wrapped in multiple layers of buttery pastry, and topped with almonds and powdered sugar, this croissant is truly one of a kind. 

Gizdich Ranch - Olallieberry Pie 

Located in the heart of Watsonville, CA, Gizdich Ranch is a 4th generation family owned and operated agricultural business. They offer tours where visitors can enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery in the countryside while picking fruits right off the tree. 

Gizdich ranch has established an admirable name for their Pie Shop that draws people from all around the Bay Area. They offer nine different types of pies that are made from scratch in their shop.

Gizdich’s Olallieberry Pie is simply exceptional. This pie is one of their specialties as olallieberries are hard to come by. The created the perfect mix of sweet and tangy with a flaky and delicious pastry. 

Mutari Chocolate - Epic Brownie

Mutari Chocolate, based in Santa Cruz, CA, uses ethically traded fine flavor cacao beans from their farm to make small batches of their exquisite chocolate. As a small business, they specialize in a small variety of chocolate products, making sure every item they produce is the best it can be. 

Mutari is known for their decadent chocolate products, some including their Assorted Truffles, Brownies, and hot chocolate with their house marshmallows. They're one of the only batch to bean chocolate producers in the Bay Area!

The name says it all! This Epic Brownie from Mutari has everything and more in a brownie. It is made with 72% brownie with their house Ugandan beans. These make for a perfect party favor, a surprise for a friend, or even a late night snack when you're craving a dense & rich brownie.  

Sweet Diplomacy - Lemon Poppyseed Cake 

If you’re gluten-free, you’ve come to the right place. Sweet Diplomacy is a 100% gluten-free bakery that specializes in diet-friendly baked goods with products that are also dairy-free, paleo, and vegan. Ingredients are carefully selected to make the products taste the same and even superior to the typical non gluten-free bakery item. Everything is hand-made from scratch in Los Altos, CA.

Sweet Diplomacy is known for their delicious products that allow customers to enjoy the sweet flavors while still eating gluten-free. They are featured in Los Altos Online, Palo Alto Online, Resturantji and multiple other websites, all with excellent reviews and acknowledgements.

One of the five spectacular treats we offer from Sweet Diplomacy, this is a cake that tastes as good as it sounds. The Lemon Poppyseed Cake combines flavors of tart and sweet lemon poppy seed sponge cake for a delightful sweet for two. To make it even better, it is also dairy-free and gluten-free so it can be enjoyed by many. 

Anton SV Pâtisserie - Vanilla Mille Crepe Cake

Anton SV Pâtisserie is not your typical bakery thanks to their head Chef who moved to the Bay Area in 2012 with a love for baking. He was searching for a similar French mille crêpe cake that his family used to make back home, but couldn’t find anything close to it. He put his baking to the test and created something amazing in Anton SV Pâtisserie. 

In its years of business, Anton SV Pâtisserie has been noted by a considerable number of prominent news outlets including Silicon Valley Magazine, SF Chronicle, Love Wins USA and even a special feature by Carolyn Jung, a James Beard Award-winning food writer.

Anton SV Pâtisserie’s Vanilla Mille Crepe Cake is the heart and soul of their head Chef and owner. This cake is nothing short of magnificent, with at least 20 layers of hand-made crepes meshed with cream. A bite of this will melt in your mouth with its fluffy and moist layers, leaving you wanting more.

Fleur de Cocoa - Chocolate Mousse

Fleur de Cocoa brings a piece of France to the Bay Area. Chocolatier Aimeric Davy works to ensure freshness and wholeness in his products, carefully choosing his ingredients to avoid artificial ingredients or preservatives. They offer a variety of traditional Fresh delicacies like mousse cakes, tarts, teas, pastries, coffee, espresso and more.

Fleur de Cocoa’s Chocolate Mousse is filled with rich chocolate in every bite. While being extremely pleasing to the eye, this treat tastes as good as it looks too, being filled with smooth chocolate mousse. Did we mention it’s also gluten free?

Pacific Cookie Company - Mint Condition Cookie 

A store front with an unmistakably recognizable amazing smell, Pacific Cookie Company has made its mark on the cookie industry. Larry and Shelly Pearson were inspired to create Pacific Cookie Co. in the late 1970’s and in 1980 they opened the first store in Santa Cruz, CA. Today the small business is adorned by locals and visitors alike bring people together with their affordable, homemade cookies. 

Pacific Cookie Company has been consistently credited with providing cookies “that taste like they just popped out of the oven in your mother’s kitchen.” They are featured in The Daily Californian,, and to name a few.

This Mint Condition Cookie Pack is a tempting treat made with the finest local ingredients. Tastes of triple chocolate delight with smooth chocolate syrup, rich cocoa powder and green mint chips make this cookie hard to resist! One of the four flavors from Pacific Cookie Co. we offer, this is a true customer favorite. 

Deux Cranes - Crème Brûlée Chocolate 

One of the most beautiful and heavenly chocolate businesses around, Deux Cranes owner Michiko has created something amazing in her products. She creates art through chocolate and goes beyond traditional ingredients by using flavors like matcha, passionfruit and crème brûlée while offering dairy free, gluten free and vegan chocolate options. It is fascinating how Michiko brings together many different cultures in the flavors and production of her chocolates as she herself is a fourth generation Japanese-American. 

Deux Cranes is a local hotspot for chocolate lovers and has been in The Mercury News. They have been highlighted as one of the best chocolate shops in Los Gatos on and

Calling all chocolate connaisseurs! This Crème Brûlée Chocolate bar is one of Locale’s most unique sweets. The flavor is inspired by the famed French dessert of crème brûlée and combines flavors that are sweet, creamy, and slightly bitter to create a tasty chocolate unlike any other.

There are so many incredible baked goods to choose from in the Bay Area, at times it can be overwhelming. We've narrowed it down for you and picked small businesses that we believe provide the best local sweets on the marker. All of these amazing vendors ensure their ingredients are the best quality and their hand made products are created with precision and care. Treat yourself to some of these Bay Area specialties!

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