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Boudin Bakery: Sample Some of the Best Sourdough Bread in SF

San Francisco is famous for its sourdough bread - and the bakery that made it famous is Boudin Bakery. Their flagship location is right in the heart of the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood.

You will find this large bakery on the main street, Jefferson Street. It is about half-way in between Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square San Francisco.

Some recently baked bread 'animals' at Boudin Bakery in San Francisco's Fishermans Wharf neighborhood.

Boudin bakers have been crafting their breads in San Francisco from a similar recipe since 1849. If you haven't tried it before, this is a must do during your stay in San Francisco.

There are four things to do at this location of Boudin Bakery:

  • Watch the Bakers Perform Their Magic: On Jefferson Street, you will find a 30 foot high observation window right into the kitchen. Here you will see several bakers working away. They also like to display their creations for everyone to see. Sometimes when I stop here, one of the bakers has a microphone on and is describing the process to the group of people outside the window.
  • Discover the History of Boudin Bakery: This location also includes a history museum. You can walk through their interactive museum as you learn even more about the bread making process. From the museum, you also have additional views into the main baking area.
  • The museum is open Wednesday - Monday from 11:30am to 6pm
  • Grab Some Goodies on The Go: Next to the kitchen is a large retail shop called Baker Hall. Here you can grab some bread and other local gourmet gifts. You can pick up a quick sandwich for lunch and find a spot at one of their outdoor tables too. It's also a great place to grab a cup of Peet's Coffee to get your day (or afternoon) moving along.
  • Sit Down for A Full Service Meal: In addition to the grab and go sandwiches, you can also head up the stairs and eat at their full service restaurant. It's always pretty busy, but it's one of the best places to grab some clam chowder in their famous sourdough bread bowl. You will also find other options on the menu such as fresh oysters, dishes with Dungeness crab and several sandwiches featuring their mouth watering bread. If you are lucky, you might even get a table with some amazing views of the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island.

Hours:

The Boudin Bakery is open daily from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm.

Other SF Locations

In addition to their flagship location in Fisherman's Wharf, you can also find a number of smaller cafes throughout the city. If you love sourdough bread, then check out the menu at one of these smaller locations.

  • Pier 39, Space 5-Q, also in Fisherman's Wharf
  • Macy's Union Square Cafe at 251 Geary Street
  • Embarcadero 4 Cafe in 4 Embarcadero Center
  • Market Street Cafe at 619 Market Street
  • SFO SF Airport in Terminal 3, 2nd Floor

How to Get to Boudin Bakery

Boudin Bakery is at 160 Jefferson Street about two blocks west of Pier 39. It's easy to walk here from any location in Fisherman's Wharf.

From Union Square: The easiest way to get to the main Boudin Bakery location in Fisherman's Wharf from Union Square is by taking the F Streetcar. This streetcar picks up at several locations along Market Street and makes its way along the waterfront over to Fisherman's Wharf.

You will get off at the second stop in Fisherman's Wharf - at Jefferson and Taylor Streets - and walk less than half a block back. This ride takes about 20 to 25 minutes.

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