8 Sweets and Sips for the Holidays in San Francisco

'Tis the holiday season! While gatherings might not be an option, there's plenty of takeout, outdoor dining where permitted, and gorgeous, decadent and festive drinks and bites to savor through the new year with. Support local restaurants, cafes and bars in San Francisco with our shortlist of top spots with Christmas themed bites. 

The iconic brasserie and bar with it's absinthe inspired name began offering takeout and extensive desserts in addition to drinks, with the holiday edition being retro cookie tins. Decadent, and sexy, all at once.

The prettiest and finest chocolates, hand crafted since 2003. Christopher Elbow uses his world travels to find the best ingredients and flavors, making craft chocolate using the very finest cacao from around the world. It is ethically and sustainably sourced from reputable farms that produce the highest-quality beans that possess flavors unique to their country of origin. Holiday flavors included hand painted chocolate medallions and peppermint bark. 

Sweet and savory pastries with meticulous food styling that is a sure-fire hit in your tummy and for those Instagram shots. Head to the CAW for the Buche de Noel (also gluten-free): chestnut mousse, cassis confiture, buckwheat cake, arare dentelle, opalys glaze, chestnut whipped ganache, rum orange marshmallow, dark chocolate wolf.

Handmade doughnuts as an institution serving up all the festivities. Peppermint Candy Cane Donut has orange zest dough dipped in a peppermint glaze and rolled in crushed candy cane bits, while the gingerbread donut has gingerbread spiced dough dipped in a vanilla glaze, topped with a bourbon-buttercream and Christmas tree sprinkles.

Ice creamery with a sexy attitude, and distributed so highly (often with condoms that say #LICKTHAT). Our favorite is the Christmas Story Ice Cream has returned with Tahitian vanilla, peppermint bark and shortbread cookies.

Iconic and pretty bakery serving up scary frosty cupcakes and everything you need for your annual holiday sugar rush, including cupcakes and cheesecakes.

Cocktail bar located in the Union Square-Nob Hill area of San Francisco, with cocktails to go an mixology aplenty. Home to the Miracle Pop Up San Francisco, get ready for Christmas themed drinks and kits. With a coy humor guaranteed to put you on the naughty list.

Amidst cupcakes and cakes and frosting and sweet things aplenty, we like the Peppermint Twist Cruffles. 

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