Today is March 14 (3-14). Do you know what that means? It is Pi day!

Americans jokingly celebrate Pi day (3-14) as “Pie” day. Suddenly, the date that looks like a mathematical number (3.141592654 . . . ) becomes a day to eat delicious dessert!

Do you know where to find delicious pies or other desserts in San Diego and San Francisco? We have a list of some of our favorites. Warning: you may be very, very tempted to eat some dessert after reading this list!


Best Pies in San Diego

Extraordinary Desserts

1430 Union St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 294-7001
2929 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 294-2132

The name says it all: the desserts at Extraordinary Desserts are truly extraordinary; in fact, the desserts were so delicious that the restaurant was showcased on The Food Network! (Watch the video here.) The Union Street location is on the walk home from CISL if you are staying at Vantaggio!

D Bar Restaurant

3930 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 299-3227

One of San Diego’s newest additions has quickly become a local favorite. No surprise: like owner Karen from Extraordinary Desserts, owner/chef Keegan Gerhard has also been featured on The Food Network. In addition, Gerhard was named one of the nation’s top 10 pastry chefs of 2002 and 2004 by both Chocolatier and Pastry Art & Design magazines. What can you expect at D Bar? Anything from the Big Apple Crisp ($9): a Granny Smith apples crisp  with brown sugar oat crumble, buttermilk ice cream, and warm cider shooter with chantilly; or a Latin-inspired Ch Ch Ch Churros! ($9): cinnamon sugar churros with chocolate dipping sauce and homemade vanilla ice cream.

Heaven Sent Desserts

3001 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 793-4758

Located in North Park, Heaven Sent is a local favorite: a birthday cake from this bakery ensures a great birthday! Heaven Sent’s dessert menu rotates a few delicious items, like Blueberry Cheesecake, German Chocolate Cake, and the Infused Pear Spiced Tart; other tasty items like the Strawberry Fraise, 18k Raspberry Cheesecake, and Red Velvet cupcakes remain on the daily menu year-round.

Best Pies in San Francisco

Three Babes Bakeshop

2128 Folsom Street
San Francisco CA 94110


Three Babes Bakeshop does one thing: PIES. To sample one, you have to preorder. Choose from any pie on their weekly list, so expect the options to change often! To give you an idea of some delicious menu options, the Babes’ list for this week includes Brandied Apple Raisin Walnut, Salty Honey Walnut, Brown Sugar Pear Custard, and Vanilla Sugar Buttermilk. Yum!

Tartine Bakery

600 Guerrero Street

San Francisco CA 94110

tartinebakery.comThis husband and wife team cook up beautiful desserts at their San Francisco location. What to expect on their menu? Anything from delicious Lemon Cream Tarts to the Tres Leches Round Cake with coconut milk moistened chiffon with cajeta (a thick, sweet syrup) and cream.

Lotta’s Bakery

1720 Polk Street

San Francisco CA 94109

 Voted Number 70 in SF Weekly’s “92 Things to Eat in SF” is Lotta Bakery’s Blackstrap Molasses Gingerbread. Other not-to-miss desserts? The Original Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake, which is made with crunchy coffee candy and topped with the same confection. 

Miette Patisserie

1 Ferry Building

San Francisco CA 94111

Like many of the other shops on our list, Miette Patisserie has impressive accolades: it was named one of the top ten pastry shops in the world by Conde Nast! Miette calls its desserts “traditionally American & birthday-party perfect.” Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate a birthday party when you are in the U.S.!