Pumpkin pies are a paradigm of the holiday spirit. So you should eat one. Or three.
Amongst other pies of the holiday variety, pumpkin pie is a crucial aspect of the holiday season. Are you really expressing holiday cheer if you aren’t eating pumpkin pies? Probably not. As such, we kindly suggest that you seek a pie beyond the realms of Costco and Safeway (no hard feelings, Costco).
Here in San Francisco, you can have your pie, eat it too, and support local businesses while you’re at it (which is rather timely considering the impending Small Business Saturday). If you’re on the hunt for the pie of all pies, then look no further than our list of the 7 best places in San Francisco to get the pumpkin pie of your dreams. And if pumpkin pie isn’t your flavor, fret not: each listed place has an extensive array of pie flavors sure to warm up your winter.
True to it’s name, Three Babes Bakeshop is indeed owned by three babes who expertly create the pies of your fantasies. In addition to serving a classic pumpkin pie, they also have a Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie, Salt Honey Walnut Pie, Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan Pie, and a Bourbon Pecan.
Three Babes Bakeshop | 2501 Phelps Street in the Muratore Building, San Francisco, CA | Hours: 8AM-4PM daily | Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s from 8AM-2PM | Order Online For Delivery | $$
At Chile Pies Baking Co., you can have your pie and ice cream, too. For the Holiday season, they’re spicing up the town with their spiced pumpkin pie, Mexican chocolate mixed nut pie, and a vegan sweet potato with pecan praline pie.
Chile Pies Baking Company | 601 Baker Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Monday-Friday: 3PM-10PM,
Saturday-Sunday: 12PM-10PM | $$
Do you love butter? So does the Butter Love Bakeshop, presumably. In addition to serving their eponymous butter pie, their menu proffers holiday classics like pumpkin and pecan, as well as a more unique spiced chocolate chess pie. If you’re looking for something more atypical, try out their homemade pudding pies, which come in vanilla, chocolate, and butterscotch.
Butter Love Bakeshop | 3171 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 7:30AM-4:30PM, Saturday-Sunday: 8AM-5PM | $$
When in doubt, do what you know! Bi-Rite is a longstanding San Francisco staple that rarely fails to please locals with their vast offerings, and their baked goods are no exception. If you want to stay in your comfort zone, then Bi-Rite is a reliable option.
Bi-Rite Creamery | 3692 18th Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: 11AM-10PM daily | $
Bi-Rite Market | 550 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: 9AM-9PM daily | $
5. Peasant Pies
At Peasant Pies, you’ll feel like anything but a peasant. Head over to the west side of the City to their location in the Sunset or go to their more central location in Noe Valley to try their holiday classics like pumpkin pie and southern sweet potato pie. If you’re a fan of flan, order one of their flan pies, which come in vanilla and chocolate.
Peasant Pies | 4108 24th Street & 1039 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30AM-7PM, Saturday-Sunday: 9AM-6PM | $
Tartine Bakery is a rarity, in that it is one of few things that all San Franciscans can enjoy together sans complaints. Though it might be hard to get one of their fast selling pumpkin pies since they are in incredible demand, you may have better luck ordering a nonetheless scrumptious pumpkin teacake.
Tartine Bakery | 600 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Monday: 8AM-7PM, Tuesday-Wednesday: 7:30AM-7PM, Thursday-Friday: 7:30AM-8PM, Saturday-Sunday: 8AM-8PM | $$
7. Mission Pie
Our pie mission ends here, at Mission Pie. This locally cherished bakery is in high demand come this holiday season, but don’t let that discourage you from making a b-line for their holiday specialties. And if pumpkin pie isn’t your mojo, then go for their peanut butter, tin roof, or coconut cream flavors.
Mission Pie | 2901 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Monday–Friday: 7AM-10PM, Saturday: 8AM–10PM, Sunday: 9AM-10PM | $