Step into the festive world of French flavors in the 2023 San Francisco Bay Area! Wondering where to find the iconic Bûche de Noël for Christmas? Whether you crave traditional French pastries or want to explore the history behind this holiday treat, we’ve curated a list of top French and American pastry shops. Join us on a brief culinary journey to discover where to indulge in this sweet delight and add a touch of French elegance to your year-end celebrations!

Here is our selection for Christmas 2023.

  • San Francisco

One 65 – 3 flavors and 2 sizes available, here is something to satisfy everyone – the Chocolate bûche is  the cutest this year in the shape of a car and its side little trailer !! Created by Pastry chef Clément Goyffon and Chocolate expert Kathleen Molière it is made of Chocolate Caramel mousse, Vanilla crémeux, Jivara Biscuit, Cocoa nibs Croustillant, Hazelnut and Almond Praline – the Chestnut – Chiffon biscuit, Vanilla Chestnut whipped ganache, Chestnut confit, Vanilla whiskey punch – the Exotic – Coconut Dacquoise, Fresh pineapple compote with Mango, Passion fruit and Banana, Coconut mousse. Available in 6 inches (70$) or 8 inches (90$). Pre-order now online for in-store pick or delivery on December 22nd, 23rd or 24th.
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Maison Nico – Chef Nicolas Delaroque has created a Bûche de Noel with layers of with layers of Tahitian vanilla white chocolate mousse, cashew praline, and huckleberry. The Bûche de Nöel is 10″ long and easily serves 10+ guests.
For 8/10 people for $87. Pre-order by Dec 13 for a pick up on December  22nd, 23rd or 24th.
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Maison Danel – The chef is treating us to two flavors this year – l’Oihana: pear purée, praliné croustillant, gianduja mousse, hazelnuts dacquoise or l’Imperatrice: white chocolate cream, chocolate pearls, raspberry mousse, pistachio dacquoise
7 inches for $80 – order online for pick up or delivery
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buche thorough bread mercisfThorough Bread – 2 flavors –  Dark chocolate mousse with crunchy hazelnut layers, chocolate sponge and sable cookie, and Vanilla Raspberry ( Vanilla mousse with passionfruit cream, chiffon cake and buttery shortbread.). Serves 6. 53$ . Order by December 17 for a pick up on dec 23rd and Dec 24th.
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La Boulangerie SF : In all four stores throughout San Francisco and in Irvine you will find 2 buches : one chocolate (55$)  and one raspberry (60$). They come in one size : 8 servings. Available until Dec 25th. Pre-order by phone or in -person at each locations
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Le Marais Bakery: 2 buches de Noel : One Buche au Chocolat and one Buche La Joconde with homemade raspberry jam inserted into lemon mousse with Madeleine base. Covered in gold glitter glaze with mini raspberry macarons. 8 servings. 65$. Pre-order for pick up December 22 to 24 at various locations.
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B Patisserie – 3 flavors Coconut sablé, raspberry compote, yuzu curd, coconut dacquoise, lemon mascarpone mousse & genoise
Chocolate sablé, chocolate mousse, devil’s food cake & caramel crème brûlée
Speculoos sablé, speculoos cremeux, vanilla mousse & pear compote.
Pre-order now for pick up on Dec 23 & 24th
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Tartine Bakery: 1 flavor in 2 sizes Chocolate Buche with butter, salt, sugar, eggs, cream, chocolate, cocoa powder, pistachio, cranberry. Available in 5′ for 56$ and 10″ for 95$. Preorder for pick up on Dec 24th
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In the Peninsula

Maison Alyzée 3 flavors – Exotic: Signature Cake – On a light Crunchy almond and milk chocolate, Soft biscuit, & Confit Mango, Passion Fruit & Lime – Crémeux light caramel, exotic & milk chocolate , Mousse vanilla Madagascar – Chocolat : Signature Cake – Soft cacao biscuit, Crunchy Hazelnuts & Hazelnut biscuit Crémeux chocolate & milk chocolate Ecuador origin 40%), Mousse dark chocolate – Pistachio Strawberry : Signature Cake – Pistachio: All pistachio paste from Italy ! Pistachio financier biscuit, a Gelee of Raspberries & Strawberries, Crémeux pistachio Confit Raspberries & Strawberries, Mousse Pistachio
From 6 inches to 12 inches ranging from $59 to $132. Available now until Dec 31! Pre-order  online and  pick up in Burlingame and Mountain View or by delivery.
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Mademoiselle Colette Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City – 2 flavors for these elegant buches : Chocolate: indulgent layers of Valhrona chocolate biscuit, praline ganache, feuillantine praliné, salted butter caramel, and chocolate mousse, enrobed in Chocolate and topped with cocoa nib nougatine and caramelized hazelnuts, price is 92 $ – and an Exotic Bûche entremet in the shape of a Christmas  features layers of luscious coconut cake, mango, and passion fruit, enrobed in white chocolate, and topped with fresh coconut for a festive and exotic holiday treat – price is 85$
Order 24 hours ahead  for pick up on December 23rd or 24th or email catering@mllecolette.com for earlier pick up
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Douce France – Palo Alto 1 size (8 inches) and 2 flavors for a traditional buche(Vanilla Mousse or Chocolate Mousse) and choice of icing (Chocolate buttercream or sponge cake) 52$.
Available now, or pre-order by phone 650.322.3601
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Fleur de Cocoa Los Gatos – 4 types of Bûches – Fleur de Cacao – Dark chocolate mousse and chocolate sponge cake with chocolate cream and crunchy hazelnut – Forêt Noire: Dark chocolate mousse with Kirsch soaked cherries, vanilla Kirsch mousse, cherry confit and chocolate sponge cake. – Royal – Dark chocolate mousse with crunchy hazelnut praline + almond sponge base, and a coffee créme brûlée center.- Exotic – Fruit confit (banana/mango/passion fruit), vanilla creamy, hazelnut crunch, with dark chocolate mousse
2 sizes: 6/8 persons at $67 and 10-12 persons at $77. Available on order from December 10 to 24. Order by phone or by email.
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  • Marin County

Amélie Wine Bar Fairfax: In addition to her holiday menu, Amélie will offer 1 versions of logs for 4-6 people: chocolate/praline/crème brulée or mango/passion fruit/coconut for $55. Available on order from December 23rd to January 1st by email at ameliecafeandwinebar@gmail.com
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Sarmentine Santa Rosa – 3 different flavors of Bûches Tradition: chocolate  orange mascarpone cream with Grand Marnier and Chocolate glaze – Tropical: mango passion insert, Coconut mousse, white chocolate crispy genoise – Trianon: black chocolate ganache, insert and chocolate mousse on a crispy hazelnut genoise. Forms are available in both stores. Order by phone and pick up on December 23rd and 24th. – 2 sizes available 6/8 persons $56, 10/12 persons $75.
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Les Pascals
Glen Ellen – 3 flavors for 4, 6 or 8 servings: Chocolate Ganache Traditionelle, Chocolate Pistachio, Royale (with crispy praline), croquembouche – To order at 707-934-8378
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  • East Bay

La Noisette Berkeley – This year Alain Chocron prepared 3 flavors of bûche this year – one chocolate hazelnut buche or one hazelnut buche and one Pistachio with a Strawberry Creme Brulée. Two sizes available 10 inches -price 75$ and 20′ for 130$
Pre-order by phone or text  at 510-813-8300 or by email lanoisettesweets@gmail.com . There will be Buches available in store for last minute shoppers!
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Tarts de Feybesse – 2 beautiful buches: Winter Berry Bûche de Noël, cream cheese mousse, financier, red fruit compote (85$) –Triple Chocolate Buche, three types of layered chocolate mousse, chocolate genoise (95$)
Pre-orders are available for Christmas . Delivery in San Francisco and surrounding areas.
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La Farine Oakland – 3 stores on College Ave, Piedmont Ave, and Fruitvale Ave
Chocolate mousse Bûche – two sizes: 8-10 servings for $55 and 15 servings inches for $78
Call 2 days in advance to order, for Christmas preorder available until dec 20th.
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La Fournée in Berkeley  is making a chocolate buche available for pre-order before Dec 15th and for pick up on Dec 23rd and 24th. One size: 10′ for 70$. Order by phone or in person 510 549 9434
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Enjoy the traditional Bûche de Noel and Happy Holidays in the San Francisco Bay Area!

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