Boudin Bakery Museum, San Francisco

Boudin Bakery Museum, San Francisco

At the Boudin Bakery Museum you are welcomed into the rich history of the 'sourdough bread', the delicious French loaf that immigrants brought along with them in the mid-19th century, also referred to as the 'Original San Francisco Sourdough'.

The bakery is said to have been established by Isidore Boudin, son of a family of master bakers from Burgundy, France, at the time when the city became a magnet for gold seekers. Coming from a family of French bakers, the Boudins concocted a unique recipe where they blended the sourdough prevalent among miners in the Gold Rush with French techniques. For reasons unclear, this particular yeast mix cannot survive outside the Bay Area, so it's a uniquely local product.

The other unique thing here is that you can sit and watch the bakers at work as they mix the dough and run around the kitchen pulling batches in and out of the oven. There is also a museum outlining the history of the site and sourdough bread in SF, as well as a gift shop with a range of artisan foods. Long may the mother dough continue to grow!

Tip:
The most unique food to eat is the clam chowder bread bowl, which is a hollowed out loaf of sourdough bread with the soup inside. Another standout is the avocado roll – a creative work of culinary art that you will long remember.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11:30am–9pm; free admission

Tour Scheduling:
Mon-Fri: 9am–5pm; $5

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Sight Name: Boudin Bakery Museum
Sight Location: San Francisco, USA (See walking tours in San Francisco)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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