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First off I think most of the pastries are well priced. For breakfast one day we got a mixed Berry Berliner, apple turnover, a Cinnamon sugar croissant and A slice of gentleman's cake. The slice of cake was almost $8. Everything was delicious. During the time that San Francisco was on mandatory self quarantine and there were a few businesses open they were able to stay open. They serviced customers at the door and wiped everything down continuously. It's not the best way to start your new business in the neighborhood but they did a great job. The berliners (donuts) that they have change from day to day. I know that they have Nutella, vanilla cream, strawberry and mixed berry.
I want to love this place but came out disappointed. Berliner is my Husband's favorite and it was his birthday so why not. Drove an hour on an early rainy Saturday along with two young kids hoping it would be worth it. We end up at the other location at 9am in Laguna because that's the one that showed on Google. Another customer was there too and told us about the Fell location. Fast forward, we arrived at the store and the line was out the door which was expected. Waited in line while it's raining along with the kiddos. A Lady was passing by ,told everyone in line that it was nothing special. Hope she's wrong. Got inside, they didn't have any cakes available. It's 10 AM. We ordered whatever was there. 2 Nutella, 3 Mix Berry and 1 Vanilla Berliners. They only have 1 Nutella left. So we ended up ordering 1 nutella, 3 mix berries &2 vanilla berliners, mini berliners and pretzels. The kids and husband loved the pretzels. He said it remind him of Germany. Husband also ate a berry berliner and same response. Got home and ate the rest of the berliners only to find out 2 berliners had no fillings- it was supposed to be the mix berries. Very disappointed! Make sure before you leave the store, MAKE SURE THERE'S FILLINGS INSIDE THE BERLINERS!
So what was going to be a quick pop-in for one thing, turned into me trying quite a few different things. Blown away by all. What a treat to have this in the neighborhood! The space: great! The service: great! The food: Pretzels - SO GOOD. Soft, the right crust, great taste. Pretzel croissants - PERFECT croissants with the bonus of a little pretzel exterior. Cherry tart - maybe my favorite. The crumbles, the fruit, all of it. So good. Mixed berry Berliner - amazing! They said they make the jam for them which is a nice touch. Bee sting cake - very good. Not my favorite variety of cake, so that I still liked this says a lot. Can't wait to try more!
In a city with a constant influx of sushi and ramen spots, who'd da thunk a German bakery would ever spring up in San Francisco? Well, San Francisco now officially has its first German bakery! Hubby is part-German and loves German desserts, so we were excited. I developed a fondness for these too during our travels in Germany, and happy to say that Hahdough is pumping out solid pastries, pretty close to what we've had throughout Germany. We got the Black Forest Cake, Hazelnut twist, Apple Turnover, Berliner Puff (vanilla cream filled), and a pretzel. Everything tasted super fresh as if they were made just an hour before (baking is done off-site in Hayes Valley). You can't go wrong with any of these. If you have to pick just one, go for the Hazelnut Twist!! Very flaky with almond flakes and icing. It was like a crispy flaky bear claw. Next, I'd say get the apple turnover, which was also flaky with a filling of fresh apples. I looked forward most to the Black Forest Cake, but it ended up coming in last place, in my book. I'm partial to the ones I had in Germany (particularly in the Black Forest), which were more chocolate-y. However, I did enjoy their light version and the crisp chocolate-covered cookie-like crust on the bottom. The super long line moved very slowly today, on opening day. They (and their customers) could definitely benefit from an extra worker or two. They also started running out of items VERY quickly. I'd suggest getting your goodies to-go unless you can snag seating at one of their two small tables or don't mind standing against the bar table. Parking is always crazy difficult in NOPA. Bring your parking genie with you! If you want a solid sweet taste of Germany, minus the airfare, just check out Hahdough! TIP: If you're looking for a particular pastry, call in advance. They sold out FAST!
What a pleasure to discover this delicious and delightful authentic German Konditorei (German version of a patisserie) with fresh, not-too-sweet pastries. They have both a nice variety of Torsten (cakes) as well as pastries and also yummy soft pretzels (with honey mustard available)
Worth a visit for the coffee alone - so delicious! Hahdough will be a great addition to the Panhandle area, but let the hype die down a bit so that you don't find yourself waiting an hour or more for cake! The cakes and pastries are delicious, moist (but in a good way, really), and flavorful. Places with authentic German-style cakes in SF are truly few and far between Only a few seats in the back, but I could see this being a lovely place to sit back and enjoy, if it's not too crowded! Definitely worth paying a visit.
Super long line this morning, missed the opportunity to get any other cake except German cheesecake. But, the cheesecake was delicious!!!! Gotta come back for Black Forest cake. So happy to have a new bakery in the neighborhood!!
This place had a "Grand Opening" today, so we called to ask if they were open and if they still had a good assortment of baked goods. The lady who answered said she was in the kitchen and didn't know but that she thought they did and then hung up on me. So we walked over and found the blinds drawn and the door shut with a piece of cardboard saying, "sold out". A person popped out of the door and sort of smirked at the people waiting and didn't offer any explanation or apology. I wouldn't have minded them being sold out as much if they hadn't shuttered the shop and shirked people coming by to support a new place in the neighborhood.
My partner had been so excited to try this place, they had kept reading about it, and we even ventured out to find it in SoMa one day to find it, only to discover they don't have a storefront yet. Disappointment. Yearning. Waiting. Some time later, my partner's coworker brings in some of Hahdough's berliners for pączki day, a special order through their other listing on Laguna in Hayes Valley. We also learned that the grand opening of the bakery (the walk-in sort) was happening the following weekend. My partner was hyped. They said, "Let's go for opening day." I said, "Are you sure?" Anyway, it being San Francisco, we waited an hour and a half in line for them to reopen in the afternoon, having sold out of product a couple times already that day. I don't fault them. We got a free mini berliner (no filling) while waiting. It was light, not overly sweet. Solid mini donut. These are normally a dollar a piece. When we finally got in, there were only 25 slices of cake from which to choose. We got one slice of Black Forest cake and one slice of the "bee sting" cake. $7.50 each. I still haven't decided if that's steep or not. I don't know much about German cake, but I heard it's supposed to be lighter and less sweet than its American counterpart. I found that this was pretty accurate. The Black Forest cake was very light and fluffy, not too sweet, and I loved the cherry layer near the bottom. The chocolate flavor was not overwhelming. The "bee sting" cake was my favorite, a smaller slice; it was also light and not too sweet. I really like the honey almond flavor in this one. I'm not normally a cake person, and I don't have a slice as big as either of these for myself that often. I don't like sweet things so much. However, given the lightness and lower level of sweetness in these cakes, I'd say I could eat the whole slice myself, if I didn't have to share it with my partner. Would I come back for cakes and donuts? Yes. Would I wait in line again? No. I'll come back in a couple of months when the hype dies down and production ramps back up.
We were one of the many people in line during the March 1 grand opening. After waiting 1.5 hours, we got the lone last slice of cake at 2:45pm. Oh well, just one mocha mousse torte slice to share between my wife and I. If someone told me to wait in line for 1.5 hours for half a cake slice, I would say no way, you are crazy. No more grand openings for me, haha. The mocha mousse torte had a very thick and delicious layer of mocha mousse, not too light nor too dense. The thin layers of coffee sponge cake and brandy buttercream added another dimension and texture. We will definitely be back for more of these well executed cakes in three weeks or so after the crowds dissipate. See you at either the Fell or Laguna street locations!
Absolutely delicious~ filling doughnuts and brandy cake are my fav. Five star it is.
Absolutely delicious baked goods! We stopped by on the way home from the farmers market to grab a few berliners and we're blown away. They were so incredibly good. I can't wait to try the rest of their offerings. Welcome to the neighborhood!
Never have I ever been so disappointed with a "Grand Opening." I paid this place a visit earlier today in the afternoon, and they were sold out of everything. For a "Grand Opening," this is ridiculous. I would understand if this was a soft opening or anything along those lines, but there was so much hype built up around this (in the news and all), and that was it??? The place wasn't decorated like a grand opening, and it was in a dingy little shop with a really ugly door. Had I not seen all the advertisements on this place, I would have walked right by. They really could have planned better. I'm not impressed.
My favorite bakery of all time! Love everything about this place so much!!!! If you have a sweet tooth, there is no better place, 10/10.
I'm German and was waiting for Hahdough to open in my neighborhood. Now I only have a few steps to go to get German treats. On March 1 I waited in line to be one of the first to get some sweets and my expectations were exceeded when I saw Franzbrötchen. Where else would you get Franzbrötchen here in San Francisco? I had missed them and they were just as I know them from Hamburg. There's only limited seating so we took our treats plus coffee to Alamo Square for a German-style picnic. Since then I have tried their Berliner, Franzbrötchen, a piece of each Herrentorte, Butterkuchen, Schweizer Nusskuchen and Butterzopf. The Herrentorte and Butterkuchen are my favorites when it comes to cakes, even though it's hard to have favorites here. It's all so good! Dankeschön to the Hahdough team who are always nice and welcoming! Thanks for saving me a Berliner today!!!
They have Franzbrötchen and Berliners! Lots of cakes from all over Germany. This is one of the best German bakeries!!
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