Sourdough and ciabatta, panettone and pumpernickel, boule and brioche. Artisan-made bread comforts and nourishes like no other food: It can not only remind you of home but also be a gateway into new cultures and cuisines. Good bread is all over the globe, which is why we’ve put together this list, to help you discover the best bakeries, from Paris to South Korea, the ones that will have you planning your next trip there before you’ve finished your last bite.
Tartine Bakery & Café
San Francisco, California
There’s a good reason Tartine has won kudos from food legends like Alice Waters: Owners Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson ushered in a bread revolution a few years ago when they started using wild yeast and heritage grains to make their mouthwatering loaves. At this modern-looking but warm café in the hip Mission District of San Francisco, they bake seven types of bread, excelling at sourdough, grain porridge bread and Danish-style sprouted rye. Robertson makes everything fresh daily in a 5,000-square-foot manufactory a few blocks away from the café, which is well worth a visit for a full meal — though you might want to plan an extra hour or so, since there are often long lines.