Sam Butarbutar and Wenter Shyu opened Third Culture in 2016, immediately winning praise for their signature Mochi Muffin. If you’re a cynic, it might almost sound like a trend-chasing hybrid in the vein of the cronut, but it’s a brown-butter treat with a unique contrast between interior and exterior, born of an Indonesian dessert Butarbutar’s mother made him. Mochiko rice from the Central Valley is the key ingredient in nearly everything on Third Culture’s menu, from brownies to doughnuts, along with matcha-based drinks to wash it down. Muffins are one of life’s singular pleasures, and better still, everything here is carefully sourced, meaning the doughnuts are simultaneously whole foods and hole foods.
Where we've featured it
More spots in BerkeleySee more
Emilia’s is the best pizza in the Bay Area. Getting it is a huge pain in the ass. But it is 100% worth it.
Pho K & K
Pho K & K in Berkeley is your go-to for a hangover curing Vietnamese brunch or an affordable, casual dinner.
Thai Basil is famous among Berkeley students as a perfect spot for late-night eats, but their pad thai is great any time of day.
More Bakery/Cafe spotsSee more
On average, the best bread bakery in the country can be found at Tartine Bakery in the Mission.
Tartine Manufactory in the Mission is a huge operation with excellent pastries, coffee, and ice cream, and dinner as well.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more