Tartine Bakeries are starting to pop up like rabbits, but that doesn’t make their pastries any less good. This new one is on the ground floor of the Graduate Hotel near the Cal campus, and is great for a quick grab-and-go coffee or morning bun. If you’re not in the mood for something sweet, try one of their savory scones.
Tartine Bakery is permanently closed.
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