Boudin at the Wharf

Home of our mother dough—flagship of our brand. This beautiful building is the place to see the bakers at work, dine with a view or in a casual cafe, and learn the full story of our famous sourdough bread and the city that made it possible.

Demonstration and Production Bakery

Watch our bakers busy at work crafting batches of bread by hand through our 30-foot observation window. Have a question? Ask it directly to our bakers through a two-way intercom system. They are sure to have an answer.

Bakery Museum Tour

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Our Museum and Bakery Tour invites you to witness history in the baking. It features the story of the emigrants to San Francisco and the characters and unique foods that have made San Francisco the remarkable confluence of cultures that it is today while also describing the art and science that go into the making of a loaf of The Original San Francisco Sourdough™. A 40-foot long catwalk inside the museum gives you an aerial view into the bakery.

Schedule a Tour

Group/Docent-Guided Tours:

Please inquire about specific date and availability.

Cost: $5.00 per person
Duration: ~30 minutes
Capacity: 20 guests per tour

Self-Guided Tours:

Days: Monday – Sunday
Hours: 11:30am – 9:00pm
Cost: $3.00 per person

Duration: Tour at your leisure.

Tour Scheduling:

Days: Monday – Friday
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Contact:

Boudin’s Special Events Department

Phone: 415-928-8882
After Hours: 415-351-5561

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Preparing the Dough

Prior to mixing the dough, bakers worked hard to prepare ingredients. Flour came in 200 pound barrels or 140 pound stacks and was sifted into troughs measuring ten feet or even longer.

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A Master Baker

In 1849, young Isidore Boudin was fleeing the aftermath of the French revolution to find shelter—and sourdough—among the 49er goldminers in the ramshackle, tough and amazing town of San Francisco. Here he learned to combine his art of fine bread baking with the wild natural yeast in the local sourdough starter. The result is the crusty, chewy tangy and memorable San Francisco Sourdough French Bread—unique to San Francisco and craved by millions around the world.

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The Boudin Logo

In 1974, the famous San Francisco designer Primo Angeli was selected to design a new logo for the Boudin brand. Drawing from elements that reflected the brand’s history, and the Boudin family’s French origin, he created a memorable logo with Boudin’s heritage at its core.

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Scoring with a Smile

Bakers score the top of leavened dough to let moisture escape without cracking the crust during the final rise in the oven. Papa Steve insisted that longs be scored with an upturned swing so every loaf comes out of the oven with a smile.

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Learning the Art of Baking Boudin

The basic steps of baking bread are simple to name and few in number. But mastering the art of baking the perfect loaf of Boudin bread takes years of study and practice. Our Master Baker, Fernando Padilla, has created our Boudin Sourdough University program to assure that all Boudin bakers are learning the time-honored methods and techniques which have been the hallmark of our legendary bread.

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Ansel Adams Portrait

Ansel Adams was a struggling artist earning his living with commercial photography. By stroke of luck Boudin commissioned it’s first commercial portrait by this now famous artist.

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Bakers Hall

Home to our Marketplace, Cafe, and espresso bar. Our selection of interesting food products from Northern California artisans offer the best local flavors and memorable gift items.

Bistro Boudin

Our full-service waterfront restaurant features a San Francisco-inspired menu of fresh seafood, farm-raised meats, locally-sourced vegetarian entrees—and a collection of California wines. We are a proud member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.

Boudin Loyalty Rewards

Calling all sourdough lovers! Join the program that rewards you deliciously. Earn reward points and free Boudin sourdough.

Excludes Bistro Boudin, Catering, and Gift Catalog.

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