First US Location of Japanese Cheese Tart Chain Opens in SF

A new specialty bakery from Hokkaido, Japan has arrived in the US. BAKE Cheese Tart is opening on the concourse level of the Westfield SF Centre this Friday, May 4. It occupies a 572-square foot space beside Sur La Table, near the BART entrance at 845 Market Street.

According to, BAKE operates more than 20 locations in Japan, with others in Korea, China, and Vietnam. The San Francisco location is the brand’s first foray into the US market. To celebrate the occasion, they’ve collaborated with local chocolatier Dandelion Chocolate to create a Chocolate BAKE cheese tart, available in limited supplies.

BAKES’s flagship product, a pastry crust filled with a cheese mousse baked until golden brown, is made from a three cream cheese blend. It has a “well-balanced creaminess and refreshing tartness” according to the brand’s website. The crust is a special flour blend that’s baked twice, once before the addition of the mousse. In the US, each tart will go for $3.75, and they’re available individually or by the box full.

Starting Friday, BAKE’s SF hours will be 12 PM to 8:30 PM.