Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
1042 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
So much good food in close vicinity to each other….must be SF! Another one of Debra’s finds and it was a delicious one. I was much too full to attempt to eat any more food; however I got some to go. One needs fancy cookies on the plane home right?
Walking up to the shop was very promising, considering I could smell the goods wafting down the street. The second good sign was the constant influx and efflux of people. The last and most important fact was their very delicious looking baked goods!
The bakery itself is very cute, with some fun interior design choices. AKA the pink halogen light, perfect for a brief photo-op. Besides that, they seem to let their baked goods do the metaphorical talking. Nicely lined up or stacked behind the glass shield just beckoning you to take a few home with you.
Debra: “OMG this place doesn’t have a line anymore, let’s check it out!”
When I was walking to Korean Tapas Aria’s, I noticed there was a long line, but I didn’t really pay attention to it cause I was too focused on Korean Tapas Aria’s. However, as we walked back in that direction, I immediately said that we must stop here since there wasn’t a line anymore.
I didn’t buy anything for me, just pastries for Natalia. LOL. I’ve also seen this place on Instagram, but it didn’t even occur to me to check if it was on the same street as Korean Tapas Aria’s. As we were walking past, I noticed that there was no line, and I quickly persuaded Natalia to stop by (poor Katrina- she was quite full and couldn’t consume any more food at the point).
It is such a cute and hipster bakery! Of course, there’s the famous neon sign “I GOT BAKED IN SAN FRANCISCO” that everyone takes a photo of and with.
I took a bite of the cookie, and it had the right texture that a cookie should have- soft on the inside yet a crunchy outside.
Also, how could you not buy anything from this bakery?! All the pastries are totes insta-worthy, and they make everything in-house.
Natalia (Sea Salt Chocolate Cookie, Cornflake Cookie, Matcha Croissant, Plum Pastry):
I saved most of these noms for later, because after a giant-ass-donut and some (a lot) KFC...I was a little full honestly. Everything was super delicious. The Matcha Croissant was perfectly flaky and the matcha flavour really came through. I would defto come back here just for the buttery croissant! The Plum Pastry was my ‘odd’ pick that I had to try. The tartness of the plum really pulled the pastry together. I preferred the Croissant, but I wouldn’t say no to the pastry if it was offered to me!
As for the cookies, they were magnificent. Debra encouraged me to get the Cornflake Cookie and it was a real winner. The extra crunchiness added some extra oomph to the texture. Combined with the toffee flavour this was my favourite item from Mr. Holmes! The Sea Salt Cookie is a classic and a great way to judge a bakery. And Holmes passed with flying colours. Good chocolate to cookie ratio, and you can just taste the quality ingredients. Plus the semi-crunchy outside and gooey-soft inside of both cookies (which I find essential) completes the cookie package!