Anyone for Sweet Nothings?

After strolling across the Golden Gate Bridge, hiking up to Coit Tower, or walking through 6,000 years of history at the Asian Art Museum, you might feel the need for a sweet treat—here are a few places sure to satisfy.

Bi-Rite Creamery and Bakeshop, 3692 18th St. (tel. 415/626-5600; uses organic ingredients to create mouthwatering ice cream with flavors like roasted banana and toasted coconut. Bonus: They’re open until 10pm!

The Candy Store, 1507 Vallejo St. (tel. 415/921-8000;, is a candy boutique in Russian Hill featuring confections from around the world and nostalgic, old-fashioned treats.

Right in the thick of Fisherman’s Wharf action at Pier 39, The Crepe Café, (415/318-1494) purveys delicious dessert crepes loaded with Nutella, caramel, strawberries, bananas, and whipped cream.

Ghirardelli, 900 North Point St. at Ghirardelli Square (tel. 415/474-3938;, is an ice cream parlor and chocolate shop that’s been serving up sweet treats for the last 160 years.

Out in Cole Valley, The Ice Cream Bar (815 Cole St. btw. Frederick and Carl sts.;; [tel] 415/742-4932) does double duty, dispensing both sundaes and craft cocktails in a retro ice-cream parlor setting.


The original Swensen’s Ice Cream, 1999 Hyde St. (; [tel] 415/775-6818), opened here in 1948—pure old-school indulgence. 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.