King’s cake or Galette des Rois is a French tradition that marks more or less the end of holiday season. The official day to eat the famous cake is January 6th, the day of Epiphany, but most French start just after Christmas day and eat some until end of January. It is usually served with apple juice, cider or sparkling wine. To be honest, it’s yummy with any drink.
The ritual takes its origins in Antique Rome where the population was designating a slave as the “king of the day”. It was the opportunity for slaves to get served by their master before to be executed or go back to their slave condition the next day…
The tradition has evolved over centuries, and all of France doesn’t eat the puffy pastry with almonds cream, but the vast majority does. According to a poll handled by IFOP in 2018 for the Bakery Confederation, 94% of French eat at least one King’s Cake at Epiphany. If that is not the mark of a solid tradition…
We have listed the bakeries of the Bay Area that will help us keeping the craving intact.
One65 in San Francisco
To be ordered or picked up at the Patisserie. Individual slices or whole galette for 6-8servings. If you want to taste it you can attend their tasting event on Friday 1/3
ONE65 – 165 O’Farrell – San Francisco
Chantal Guillon in San Francisco, SOMA location only
For the first time this year, Chantal Guillon is baking galettes, individual ones or 6-8 servings. Order in advance.
Chantal Guillon 1309 Howard St. San Francisco
Arizmendy Bakery in San Francisco
Beware, King Cake will only be available on the Epiphany week-end.
Arizmendy Bakery 1331 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122.
La Boulangerie de San Francisco – Multiple locations in San Francisco and Oakland
To order whole galettes serving 6-8, a 24-hour advance booking is recommended. Otherwise, pick them up at the store
San Francisco – Pine St, Hayes Valley (415-400-4451), Noe Valley (415-796-3830), Cole Valley (415-592-8549), Cow Hollow (415-738-0722), Financial District (628-444-3532)
Oakland, in Rockridge (510-350-8332)
Mademoiselle Colette, in Menlo Park/ Palo Alto / Redwood City
To be ordered or picked up
Mademoiselle Colette – 3 locations
– 816 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park – Phone +1 650-644-8469
– 499 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, 94301 – Phone +1 650-272-6873
– 2401 Broadway, Redwood City – Phone +1 650-260-2260
Maison Alyzée in Mountain View
To be ordered or picked up
Maison Alyzee — 212 Castro St. Mountain View, CA 94041.
Phone + 1 650 960 1212
Douce France in Palo Alto
Order in advance or drop by
Douce France – 855 El Camino Real Ste 104 – Palo Alto
Tel: +1 650-590-2328
Fleur de Cocoa, Los Gatos
2 sizes available until end of January. You can pre-order in advance and pick it up in store.
Fleur de Cocoa – 39 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos
From Saturday January 4th, 3 sizes. Preferable to order (510-813-8300). Large 12/15 servings $35 . Medium 6/8 sera. $22. Individual 3” 1-2 sera. $7.
Hours: Wed. 9am-3pm / Frid. 9am-2pm / Sat. 9am-2pm / Sun. 10am-2pm at Kensington’s Farmers Market
Noisette Sweets, 2701 8th Street, Suite 116, Berkeley