There are two significant bakeries near us.
Arsicault on Arguello at Clement is classic French: croissants, kouign amman, pain au chocolat, morning rolls, tarts. Good coffee. And a line. If there is no line, they are either closed (at 1pm) or they have sold out which is often the case. http://richmondsfblo...th-a-heritage/
Note that this is an old article and new hours are
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed Monday.
B Patisserie is a couple of years older and offers a broader selection, croissants and kouign amman for sure, but also a large selection of sweet pastries and tarts. Sandwich shop diagonally across California at Divisadero. Closed Monday. http://bpatisserie.com/
These are two completely different operations, one a shoebox sized one-man kitchen, the other very professionally equipped and staffed, but both using the highest quality ingredients (you can smell the warm butter and sugar half a block away) and honest craftsmanship and personal devotion of the baker.
nice! even though i can't eat most of the stuff anymore i love looking at it and smelling it baking