Parisian Macarons, Craft Bonbons & Lemon Tarts: The Artisanal Desserts of Hayes Valley

San Francisco, CA

  • An eye-catching box of chocolates.
  • The Russian Honey Cake.
  • Chef/owner Michelle Polzine of 20th Century Cafe.
  • Varieties of macarons at Miette.
  • All sorts of beautifully packaged treats at Miette.
  • A spoonful of rice pudding from Loving Cup
  • The counter at Loving Cup.
  • Chocolates from Christopher Elbow.  Left to right: bananas foster, mint chocolate, passionfruit.
  • The Lemon Tart at Monsieur Benjamin.  Photo: John Storey.
  • The exterior of Monsieur Benjamin.

2 hours
0.5 mi
Guided by Jason

For foodies of farm-to-table Californian cuisine, Hayes Valley is a mecca of gluttonous proportions. Join us explore the best dessert and sweets of the up-and-coming neighborhood. We will walk to five locations in Hayes Valley that showcase the diversity and craftsmanship of its hip confectioners including delicate European layer cake, hand painted chocolates and rice pudding. Bring your discerning sweet tooth.

About Your Guide
I am all about exploring local history, architecture, food and art to learn about how places came to be. You can find me in search of hidden places, the best dim sum, secret speakeasies, skyline vistas and other ingredients to build the perfect day.

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Guide Points
  1. 20th Century Cafe
  2. Miette
  3. Loving Cup
  4. Christopher Elbow Chocolates
  5. Monsieur Benjamin

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