Meg Ray’s fancy Hayes Valley candy shop lures tourists and locals alike with its Pepto-pink facade and whimsical window displays. The interior maintains the same charm, adorned with floral wallpaper and a colorful spectrum of candy jars behind the register. The prettily packaged treats are decidedly chic, including sweet and salty Dutch licorice, caramels, toffee, spiced gummies and rose Turkish delight, available gift-wrapped or by the pound. In addition to candy, the shop sells gift-able desserts like lavender shortbread cookies, cupcakes topped with fluffy Italian meringue, Scharffen-Berger cakes and an array of fluffy macarons—try the geranium flavor.
If your go-to candy stores in San Francisco are Ghirardelli and See’s, you’re really missing out. There are so many sweet shops in the city it's almost impossible to pin down the best dessert in San Francisco. For those days when you're not craving the best chocolate stores or ice cream spots in San Francisco, pop into these local candy stores for a sweet pick-me-up.
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