The grand macaron at Chantal Guillon looks impressive.

The grand macaron at Chantal Guillon looks impressive.

The emergence of Chantal Guillon is an interesting story. A few years back she made a splash into the local macaron scene by opening Paulette’s in a tiny shop in Hayes Valley, shipping in macarons made by the popular Beverly Hills bakery.

But then Guillon wanted to branch out on her own, so she cut her ties with Paulette and re-imagined Paulette’s Hayes Valley spot into her own shop, aptly named Chantal Guillon. Since then she’s opened a shop in Palo Alto and recently a large cafe in San Francisco’s SOMA district.

I recently visited the SOMA location, and enjoyed a serene afternoon in the spacious spot that featured the signature macarons and a whole lot more. With a larger space and commercial kitchen, Guillon is able to offer more pastry selections along with a savory menu of French sandwiches and salads.

The space is three times the size of the tiny Hayes Valley location, which means a lot more room to lounge (the cushions make you want to stay for awhile) and play on your laptop like a typical cafe. It’s nice to see Chantal Guillon mature to be a full French patisserie and not just a macaron shop, although the macarons continue to be the star. Guillon’s new ventures definitely add to the high-end bakery movement in the city.

The deets: Chantal Guillon, 1309 Howard St., San Francisco. PH: 415.512.1020. Open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.;  Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sundays. www.chantalguillon.com

Chantal Guillon's newest location takes over a large space on Howard Street in SOMA.

Chantal Guillon’s newest location takes over a large space on Howard Street in SOMA.

Some of the savory options expanding on the typical sweets.

Some of the savory options expanding on the typical sweets.

A macaron tree

A macaron tree

The SoMA space is airy and roomy

The SoMA space is airy and roomy

Lots of space to spread out with your laptop

Lots of space to spread out with your laptop

I tried the grand macaron with apple flavor and salted caramel filling. The little balls of caramel mousse was like caramel clouds.

I tried the grand macaron with apple flavor and salted caramel filling. The little balls of caramel mousse was like caramel clouds.

Enjoyed my sweets with a soy latte

Enjoyed my sweets with a soy latte

For some reason there were a lot of teddy bears everywhere.

For some reason there were a lot of teddy bears everywhere.

Candy jars gave the shop a candy store vibe

Candy jars gave the shop a candy store vibe

Croissants looked light and airy. Just more options in the bigger space.

Croissants looked light and airy. Just more options in the bigger space.

More sweet options at the larger Chantal Guillon

More sweet options at the larger Chantal Guillon

Chantal Guillon's space had a lot of color that represented the flavors of the signature macarons.

Chantal Guillon’s space had a lot of color that represented the flavors of the signature macarons.

 

5 Responses to Afternoon Treat at Chantal Guillon at San Francisco’s SOMA Neighborhood

  1. Row says:

    Nice selection of savoury and sweet treats! The apple and salted caramel macaron looks delightful. 🙂

  2. I was at the Hayes Valley location back in August (I just posted about that location on my blog) and I loved how dainty and picturesque it was, but I definitely want to visit the larger location in SOMA one day. It seems like a nice place to go to catch up with friends.

    • Ben Ben says:

      Hi Amy, welcome to my blog! Yes, you should definitely check out the larger space, less packed probably with bridal tastings and more food options! 🙂

      • Amy says:

        I’m all for the “more food options” bit. I would head up there this weekend, but with this storm rolling in, I think I’ll have to wait. Haha.

  3. Carolyn Jung says:

    I didn’t realize she was doing savory treats now, too. I love her macarons. The flavors are so unique and intense.