Cronuts hit their peak popularity in 2013 after being invented in New York. But that doesn't mean that they ever went out of style. Just as delicious as ever, tourists and locals alike seek out the best cronuts in any major city. San Francisco and the greater SF Bay Area boasts several fantastic places for cronuts. Here are our six favorites.
Here Are The 6 Best Places For Cronuts In The San Francisco Bay Area
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1. Paris Baguette, Palo Alto
Though their name makes you think of freshly baked bread in Paris, Paris Baguette are experts at the “NYC Croissant Doughnut.” This particular baked good is probably the closest you can get to the real New York taste. However, the west coast take on the east coast treat has the custard on the outside, instead of the inside — they don’t mess around.
2. Lee’s Deli, Palo Alto
At 6am, Lee’s Deli starts selling their sought after cronuts, which are usually sold out in about two hours. Lee’s Deli has 11 different locations all over San Francisco, so you’re never too far away from the call of the cronut. The lines are spread out among the different locations (thank goodness). Try all their amazing flavors, from chocolate to strawberry — even maple bacon.
3. Posh Bakery, Palo Alto
Get your doughnut/croissant fix at the home of the baked hybrid — Posh Bakery. Originally calling their treats the CroNot, this bakery was one of the first of its kind to start making their cronut-like baked goods. You’ll need to place a wholesale order though, so be prepared to buy as a merchant, and to bring a whole lot of goodness home with you!
4. Beth’s Community Kitchen, Palo Alto
Get yourself a flaky cronut by a top pastry chef with a “community kitchen” vibe. It’ll feel like home, but taste even better. Enjoy the deep fried desert, with cinnamon and sugar, and optional vanilla cream on the inside. It really doesn’t get much better than this, cronuts with a hearty twist. Cronuts are calling!
5. Fillmore Bakeshop, Palo Alto
Get your fill of the croissant/doughnut treat on Saturdays between 9am and 10am — you know they’re going to be popular. The delectable and flaky doughnuts are sold in batches of six, and you have to choose one flavor for the lot. Flavors such as salted caramel mean that you won’t be able to get enough. Take home a box of the fashionable desert right here in San Francisco. After several name changes (for copyright reasons), Fillmore’s cronuts are now called D’Nutz.
6. Choux Bakery, Palo Alto
Not quite a cronut, the Chounut is a native creation that is more like a cross between a doughnut and a cream puff. Choux Bakey has one flavor featured each week — all creative and delicious. One of their most popular flavors is Berries and Cream, an incredible feat in the pastry world, with raspberry curd and vanilla custard, sugar icing, and a dried strawberry topping.
This article was written by Lauren Gaw.
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