On our recent visit to San Francisco, we literally stumbled across the largest Krispy Kreme outlet that we’d ever set foot in. Located on Jefferson Street in the Fisherman’s Wharf area, inside you find a takeaway counter, a café, a merchandise store, and a large seating area. They also make doughnuts there, and through floor-to-ceiling glass walls you can watch the whole process … which is rather fascinating!
Our Visit to Krispy Kreme
We ‘found’ Krispy Kreme in San Francisco after a really busy day exploring the city. We’d just got off the Hop-On Hop-Off bus and were walking along Jefferson Street towards our hotel. Tired, thirsty and after walking up an appetite, we spotted Krispy Kreme and thought it would be a welcome quick stop for refreshments. We ended up staying there for well over an hour! The store is deceivingly small from the outside … vast once you’ve walked through the doors.
Doughnuts are just coated in sugar yes? Maybe filled with strawberry jam? Or ring ones with white or pink icing and sprinkles? This is what I thought anyway, until I was mesmerised by the takeaway display counter. Are you ready for this? Here we go. You could choose from …
- Blueberry Glaze Doughnut
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Doughnut
- Nutter Butter Cookie Twist Doughnut
- Oreos Cookies and Kreme Doughnut
- Cake Batter Doughnut
- Original Glazed Doughnut
- Chocolate Iced Glazed Doughnut
- Chocolate Iced with Kreme Filling Doughnut
- Glazed Raspberry Filled Doughnut
- Glazed with Kreme Filling Doughnut
- Apple Fritter Doughnut
- New York Cheesecake Doughnut
- Chocolate Iced Custard Filled Doughnut
- Strawberry Iced with Sprinkles Doughnut
- Glazed Blueberry Cake Doughnut
- Glazed Lemon Filled Doughnut
- Maple Iced Glazed Doughnut
- Cinnamon Apple Filled Doughnut
- Glazed Sour Cream Doughnut
- Strawberry Iced Doughnut
- Glazed Chocolate Cake Doughnut
- Cinnamon Twist Doughnut
- Cinnamon Bun Doughnut
- Traditional Cake Doughnut
- Chocolate Iced Raspberry Filled Doughnut
- Powdered with Lemon Kreme Doughnut
- Glazed Cake Doughnut Holes
- Powdered with Strawberry Kreme Doughnut
- Double Dark Chocolate Doughnut
- Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut
- Powdered Cinnamon Cake Doughnut
- Powdered Strawberry Filled Doughnut
- White Iced with Chocolate Drizzle Doughnut
- Powdered Cake Doughnut
- Glazed Cruller Doughnut
- Chocolate Iced Glazed Cruller Doughnut
- Glazed Chocolate Cake Doughnut Holes
- Glazed Blueberry Cake Doughnut Holes
- Mini Original Glazed Doughnuts
- Chocolate Iced Cake Doughnut
- Powdered Blueberry Filled Doughnut
- Glazed Cinnamon Doughnut
- Dulce De Leche Doughnut
- Mini Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles Doughnuts
- Mini Chocolate Iced Glazed Doughnuts
…. Now SURELY there’s something in that little list that catches your eye?! Here’s some photos …
Naturally we purchased a mixed box of 12 doughnuts. And we’d only called in for coffee and juice!
On the day of our visit, glazed ring doughnuts were being made on the production conveyor belt. It is fascinating to watch! First, the baker presses out dough circles onto narrow ‘steps’, three in a row. They then move slowly through a proving machine, where you can follow them as they move up and over, up and over, heading towards the cooking oil.
Then the proven doughnuts are dropped into the oil, where another moving belt picks them up, dunks them in the chosen glaze and drags them onto a moving cooling section.
Finally, they are boxed up and ready to be sold and eaten. It was quite mesmerising to watch!
The café was quite quirky. Obviously, everything was Krispy Kreme themed with some statues that children felt the urge to climb over/through …
The coffee was really nice, which was much needed as I’m not a fan of US coffee (what no flat white?!) The doughnuts were lush … though I preferred the original glazed one as the others were far too sweet for me.
There was a nice mix of people in the café too. Families with young children who were watching the doughnut making machines; some students having a giggle while sending messages on their mobiles; a couple of guys working on their laptops. And us … the British family oohing and aahing over doughnuts! Lol.
If you are in San Francisco and you’re in need of a sugar hit – head away from Pier 39 and head for Krispy Kreme. It’s quite an experience x