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La Farine

6323 College Ave., Oakland, CA - (510) 654-0338
San Francisco's signature dish is sourdough bread and the best we've tasted is made at La Farine. Available as a baguette, petit pain, or batard, with our without Kalamata olives laced into the dough, it is fantastically chewy with a crisp crust. Sour but not overwhelmingly so, this is bread that asks no condiment or complement whatsoever.
100% Approval Rating (3 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"San Francisco's signature dish is sourdough bread. The best I've tasted is made at La Farine, an Oakland bakery that opened in 1974 and has become a bread beacon in the Bay Area. Available as a baguette, petit pain, or batard, with our without Kalamata olives laced ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

6323 College Ave., Oakland, CA
(510) 654-0338

http://www.lafarine.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
La Farine's morning bun resembles a muffin, but it is 1/3 the weight. Made with buttery croissant dough and sparkling with cinnamon sugar, it is one of the West's best pastries.
"La Farine's morning bun resembles a muffin, but it is 1/3 the weight. Made with buttery croissant dough and sparkling with cinnamon sugar, it is one of the West's best pastries."
Michael Stern





Here is a loaf of La Farine sourdough bread sitting on the passenger's seat of the car I was driving around San Francisco Bay. It was a great travel companion, but was reduced to crumbs after only a few hours of travel.
"Here is a loaf of La Farine sourdough bread sitting on the passenger's seat of the car I was driving around San Francisco Bay. It was a great travel companion, but was reduced to crumbs after only a few hours of travel."
Michael Stern


There are now three La Farines. This is the original. If you are looking for the great San Francisco Bay bread-eating experience, it is a fine place to have it.
"There are now three La Farines. This is the original. If you are looking for the great San Francisco Bay bread-eating experience, it is a fine place to have it."
Michael Stern


A light heavyweight among breakfast pastries, this apple croissant was extremely buttery, extremely flaky, and extremely fruity. And extremely delicious!
"A light heavyweight among breakfast pastries, this apple croissant was extremely buttery, extremely flaky, and extremely fruity. And extremely delicious!"
Michael Stern


Other than benches out on the sidewalk, this is the only seating available at La Farine: a communal table to which you can bring your pastries and coffee. Note the basket of bread and pieces of tarte set out to sample.
"Other than benches out on the sidewalk, this is the only seating available at La Farine: a communal table to which you can bring your pastries and coffee. Note the basket of bread and pieces of tarte set out to sample."
Michael Stern


The outside of this bun had a rich, cheesy crunch. The inside is airy and as light as a croissant.
"The outside of this bun had a rich, cheesy crunch. The inside is airy and as light as a croissant."
Michael Stern



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