San Francisco and not eat sweets, did you? One of the reasons I love heading out to SF a lot is that I can eat to my heart's content every time and not scratch the surface of what they have to offer. Within the first few hours, I got another taste of Humphry Slocombe in Blue Bottle's affogato. Espresso and ice cream, best of both dessert worlds.
Magnolia's ice cream sandwich. Yes, it's deconstructed a bit with makes it perfect for sharing. Another great dessert there is the Strawberry Shortcake.
Miette Bakery. The first time I picked up an ice cream sandwich consisting of their graham cookies and Straus vanilla ice cream. So good, and the perfect size. The second trip I went for the cupcake. And every cupcake lover *in the world* needs to have this cake. They have chocolate cake down-pat; it's perfectly moist, doesn't fall apart after unwrapping, and chocolatey without being cloying.
Tartine. Every visit there, I try to get something different besides my regular morning bun. Now I can normally throw back any slice of chocolate cake, but this went beyond the beyond. Halfway through I needed milk to help me out and there was just no way I was going to power through. It's just that rich. Delicious, moist, and completely shareable.
Arizmendi where they are known for their shortbread cookies. I had one; it's buttery, crumbly, and you'll probably never look at Trefoils again after. I also couldn't resist picking up this chewy chocolate chunk cookie. When you head out for their shortbread, get one of these bad boys too.
Blue Bottle and Miette have various locations throughout the Bay Area.
2790 Harrison Street
Magnolia Pub and Brewery
1398 Haight Street
600 Guerrero Street
1331 9th Avenue