I’m not a fan of most morning buns, even La Farine’s. Morning buns are usually too something … crispy, sweet, sugared, intense.
However, Hopkins Street makes the perfect morning bun. It is a very balanced bun.
It is a soft yet flaky, yeasty bun with a delicate dusting of sugar and cinnamon. The version with cranberries adds a nice tang. On request they heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Either way they are wonderful.
It is one of the few baked goods at any bakery that I have bought repeatedly.
An old report on chowhound about the morning bun which is just as true today
Hopkins Street might not be the best bakery in the area … they do some things really well and others … not so much.
However, I like that they have unusual pastries and try different things. Where else are you going to find bobo’s or paradisos? It’s the only place besides Crixa where I’ve seen eccles cakes.
A few things I’ve tried in the first link …
Hopkins Street Bakery
1584 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA