20th Century Cafe

San Francisco

Hayes Valley isn’t exactly a grand European capital setting but we can work with it, especially for this immaculate café that literally could've been a set for a scene in The Third Man. Michelle Polzine’s parade of never-too-sweet, never-not-satisfying Sacher tortes, linzertortes, and Russian honey cake are all musts, and don’t underestimate the savory items in the midst of the pastries. Your long lost search for a bonafide homemade bagel ends here.