Consultant Lawn Love measured up 200 of the biggest U.S. cities, looking for plenty of access to highly rated bakeries and patisseries. The group also considered bakers awarded by the James Beard Foundation and patisseries recognized by Mashed for having “The Absolute Best Pastries In The US,” among nine total metrics.

  1. San Francisco
  2. New York City
  3. Chicago
  4. Seattle
  5. Los Angeles
  6. Portland, Ore.
  7. Minneapolis
  8. Miami
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Charleston, S.C.

San Francisco is a pastry lover’s paradise. The Golden City has the most patisseries and coffee shops per square mile in our ranking. There are also award-winning pastry chefs serving up delicious croissants and other baked goods across the city.

Other big cities puffed up to the top, including New York (No. 2) and Chicago (No. 3), which tied for first place in patisseries recognized in “best pastry” lists. NYC has the most James Beard Award-winning pastry chefs, with Chicago a close second.