We share a list of places to buy the French  King’s Cake – aka Galette des Rois – in the San Francisco Bay Area. This dessert is a French tradition that marks the end of the holiday season.

The official day to enjoy the famous cake is January 6, the Epiphany day, but most French people start right after Christmas and continue until the end of January. It is usually served with apple juice, cider, or sparkling wine.

The ritual has its origins in ancient Rome, where the population designated a slave as the “king for the day.” It was an opportunity for slaves to be served by their master before being executed or returning to their slave status the next day…

The galette, especially the “Galette des Rois,” is a French passion: around 30 to 32 million galettes are consumed each year in France. The “Galette des Rois” represents about 10% of the annual turnover of artisan bakers.

From North to South and East, we have listed bakeries in San Francisco and the Bay Area that will help you satisfy your “Galette des Rois” cravings. Our list seems quite comprehensive, but if you are not on it or know of another bakery where to find the galette, please contact us by email.

In San Francisco

Maison Danel galetteMaison Danel in San Francisco
The frangipane galette will be available throughout January. It comes with a charm and a golden paper crown, just like in France. Order online one day in advance. One size serves 6/8 portions for $60. Pick up or home delivery from January 6 to January 29.
Maison Danel – 1030 Polk St, San Francisco – ph: 415-685-5900

One65 in San Francisco
One65 offers the traditional frangipane-filled version. Only one size available for 4 people, $55. Simply place an online order 24 hours in advance to pick it up at the store or request home delivery. Available on January 6, 7, and 8! Don’t miss your slot!
ONE65 – 165 O’Farrell – San Francisco

La Boulangerie de San Francisco – four locations in San Francisco
Each galette comes with a charm, serves 6 people for $45. It is recommended to place an order 48 hours in advance by phone at (415) 440-0356 for pickup at one of the stores in San Francisco – Pine St, Hayes Valley, Noe Valley, Cole Valley. Also available by the slice.
More info here

Le Marais Bakery in San Francisco and Mill Valley
The Galette des Rois is available this year at Le Marais Bakery in two different flavors, a classic frangipane version ($45) or an apple-filled version ($40). Each galette, serving 10 to 12 portions, comes with a charm and a crown.
Order online 48 hours in advance for pickup at one of the Le Marais Bakery locations: 498 Sanchez St or 1138 Sutter St, San Francisco, or 250 Blithedale Ave East, Mill Valley. Home delivery available.

Thorough Bread in San Francisco
An essential bakery and pastry shop, run by Julie-Marie, daughter of Michel Suas, Thorough Bread has been around for a long time. This year, galettes can be ordered by phone at (415) 558-0690 or by email thoroughbreadandpastry@gmail.com. Available by the slice on-site. Available in the first two weeks of January.

Arizmendi in San Francisco
The Galette des Rois will be available on January 5 and January 6, 2024, in several sizes, individual portions, or whole galettes. There is also a Mexican version (Rosca de Reyes) in a brioche style.
Arizmendi Bakery, 1331 9th Ave, San Francisco.
Phone: +1-415-566-3117.

Maison Nico in San Francisco
Chef Nico puts his expertise in pâtés en croûte and other puff pastry delights into the Galette des Rois, offering a frangipane version and a frangipane version with orange-yuzu marmalade for $55. Pickup at the store at 710 Montgomery St. San Francisco. Order here. Available from January 6 to January 31.

In the Peninsula

Maison Alyzée galetteMaison Alyzée in Mountain View and Burlingame
Two versions this year: Galette des Rois traditional frangipane available in three sizes: for 4/6 people $50, 6/8 people $60, or 8/10 people $72, and a hazelnut version available only for 6/8 people ($70). Both are delivered with a charm and crown. Galettes are available until February 4 and also by the slice.
Maison Alyzee – 212 Castro Street Mountain View, CA 94041.
Maison Alyzée – 1208 Burlingame Ave Burlingame

Mademoiselle Colette in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, or Redwood City
On pre-order 48 hours in advance or on-site at one of the three Mademoiselle Colette patisseries, a frangipane galette for 6/8 people at $49, or an individual version at $8.50. Made with Isigny butter and organic flour.

Douce France in Palo Alto
Order in advance or enjoy tea in this old-fashioned pastry tea room!
Douce France – 855 El Camino Real Ste 104 – Palo Alto
Phone: 650-322-3601

Fleur de cocoa, Los Gatos
Until the end of January, you can pre-order the Galette des Rois and pick it up in-store. $38 for 6/8 portions or $48 for 8/10 portions, with charm and 2 crowns. Also available by the slice.
Fleur de Cocoa – 39 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos
www.fleurdecocoa.com

Marin County and Beyond

Sarmentine in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol
Sarmentine opened a new bakery this year in Sebastopol, where you can also find the Galette des Rois. Two versions of the galette in 3 sizes: frangipane or brioche des rois for 6 people, 8 people, or 10/12 people. You can choose your charm!
Available from January 4 to the end of January. It is recommended to order your galette 24 hours in advance, especially for larger sizes, by phone at (707) 623-9595 or by sending an email to order@sarmentine.com
Up-to-date information is on Instagram
Sarmentine Santa Rosa 52 Mission Circle, Suite # 112 Santa Rosa
Sarmentine Sebastopol 6760 McKinley Street, Suite # 150 Sebastopol

Amelie Fairfax in Fairfax
The King’s Cake has arrived at Amélie’s in Fairfax. Available from January 4th to 7th, you can place orders via email by writing to ameliecafeandwinebar@gmail.com, online, or through Instagram direct message. One size for 6/8 persons at $45. Pick up your cake at Amélie, 71 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, CA, 94930.

Les Pascals in Glen Ellen
Traditional frangipane King’s Cake available in various sizes: 4 persons – 6 persons – 8 persons, with a charm and crown. To order, call 707-934-8378 or visit the store daily until the end of January.
More info on their website 

East Bay

Galette La Noisette SweetsLa Noisette Sweets, Berkeley
It’s preferable to order online or by calling the spirited Alain Chocron at 510-813-8300. Traditional frangipane cake in 2 sizes: medium at $26 and large at $45. There are also two less traditional versions, pistachio strawberry and hazelnut chocolate, each at $45.
✨You can also buy individual charms, directly from France.
La Noisette Sweets, 2701 8th Street, Suite 116, Berkeley

Maison Benoit, Danville
Here is an opportunity to try this new bakery opened this week by Benoit Vialle. You will find traditional King’s Cake for 6 at 45$.
Available starting Sunday Jn, 7. Pre-order by DM on Instagram or  on their Facebook page 
Maison Benoit 402 Railroad Ave, Danville (closed Monday & Tuesday)

Tarts de Feybesse, East Bay or delivery throughout the Bay
Available from January 6th, traditional cakes will be sold with beautiful porcelain charms. $40 for 6 persons.
Order here

La Farine
Available the first week of January, a traditional frangipane cake, with a charm (no crown)
Order here

Rotha in Albany
Open Thursday to Sunday, the pastry chef Rotha, who trained at Ferrandi school and then at Pierre Hermé, offers traditional cakes. To order, call (510) 529-4704. Address: 1051 San Pablo Ave. Albany, CA 94706

Seven Hills Bakery, Castro Valley
This bakery, owned and head baker Julien Wagner, offers traditional frangipane cakes on pre-order 24 hours in advance, by phone at ‭(510) 586-0858‬ or in-person.
3295 Castro Valley Boulevard, Castro Valley
More information

 

King’s Cake with frangipane or brioche with fruits, it’s once a year, so let’s enjoy!

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