Braided challah from Market Hall in Oakland and Berkeley.
Braided challah from Market Hall in Oakland and Berkeley.

Where to buy round challah, honey cake and more for Rosh Hashanah

With Rosh Hashanah starting at sundown Friday, Sept. 15, you might be in the market for honey cake and round challah. Or maybe you’re looking to pick up a complete holiday meal, or some prepared dishes to finish off your own masterpiece. We’ve put together a list of local grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants carrying these essential items.

And don’t forget to plan for Yom Kippur break-fast meal, too (after nightfall on Sept. 25). This is not an exhaustive list, but a mere sampling of what is offered this year. Let us know if we’ve missed any ([email protected]), and we’ll add them!


Mollie Stone’s has locations in the North Bay, San Francisco and the Peninsula, with an especially large kosher section in the Palo Alto store. In addition to carrying round challah (raisin or plain), Mollie Stone’s has complete Rosh Hashanah meals at multiple locations — for example salad, grilled salmon, fingerling potatoes, roasted carrots and challah; ala carte items such as braised beef brisket, rotisserie chicken, latkes, deviled eggs and apple honey tart or rustic apple pie; and a selection of kosher wines to pair with the meal. Order online by emailing [email protected] or call Mary at (415) 301-1147.

Draeger’s Market has locations in San Mateo, Menlo Park, Los Altos and Danville, with Rosh Hashanah items available for preorder and pickup at all locations. They carry round challah (raisin or plain), and are offering two mains, brisket and roasted salmon with thyme and shallots, and two sides, latkes and braised winter kale. Pickup starts on Sept. 14 and orders should be placed by 12 p.m. two days before pickup. Order online for pickup at any location.

San Francisco

Arizmendi Bakery is a worker-owned cooperative that bakes round challahs in plain and raisin-almond flavors, as well as honey cake tea bread. Order online for pickup at the Inner Sunset location, 1331 Ninth Ave., on Sept. 15, 17 and 24.

Cafe Boho offers a holiday feast that includes gefilte fish, cabbage salad with pomegranate, apples and citrus dressing, matzah ball soup, roasted honey potatoes and heirloom carrots with a choice of honey glazed chicken, brisket, pan seared salmon or whole roasted branzino as a main dish and apple honey tart, orange chocolate cake or gluten-free lemon tart for dessert. Order by Sept. 13 for pick up or delivery Sept. 15-17. 3321 Steiner St., S.F.

Vegetarian restaurant Greens at Fort Mason has matzah ball soup with herbed vegetable broth, vegan apple cake with cinnamon icing, apple galette with toffee syrup, and round challah available for Sept. 15-16 pickup. Order by Sept. 13. Building A, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.

Jane the Bakery offers plain or golden raisin challah, honey cake, apple walnut cake with caramel drizzle, apricot and raspberry rugelach, currant and walnut rugelach and apple babka, available at any of its locations in San Francisco or Tiburon. Order online for Sept. 15-17 pickup.

Noe Valley Bakery has round challah in four flavors: plain, sesame seed, poppy seed or raisins and almonds, plus honey cake and apple streusel cake. All are available through September at both locations, 4073 24th St. and 28 West Portal Ave.

Wise Sons’ holiday foods include round raisin challah, honey cake and sweet raisin noodle kugel, as well as carrot tsimmes, roasted brisket, stone fruit–glazed chicken and schmaltz-roasted potatoes. Order by 9 a.m. two days prior to pickup.

Canela Bistro and Wine Bar, a San Francisco tapas bar, has a four-course special for pickup or delivery. The menu includes toasted challah with chopped liver (or vegetarian mock chopped liver) and crudites, sweet corn broth with poached salmon, greens, rice and carrots, seared duck breast with roasted grape kugel and butter lettuce salad, and almond and olive oil cake with honey caramel. An extra course of lamb chops and a wine flight, which comes with four pairings (one per course), can be added for an additional charge. Order online for pickup or local delivery Sept. 14-15 at 2272 Market St.

One Market Restaurant, known for its year-round latkes, has a fully assembled holiday menu for pickup or delivery throughout the week of Sept. 15-22 (order by Sept. 14). Also available for dining in. Items include Semifreddi’s challah, 12-hour smoked brisket with onion jus, matzah ball soup, fresh corn polenta and pomegranate-glazed carrots and honey apple cake. Latkes with sour cream and house-made apple sauce are also available. One Market St., S.F.

East Bay

Afikomen Judaica has round challah and honey cake from Irving’s Premium Challah and certified kosher honey from Marshall’s Farms, plus other holiday items including shofars, tableware, New Year’s greetings cards, calendars, books, stickers, a lulav and etrog set, and yahrzeit candles. 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley.

As Kneaded Bakery is a woman owned and operated wholesale artisan bread bakery that offers round challah in three flavors — plain, raisin and poppy seed — plus cinnamon apple walnut babka and a Rosh Hashanah kit that includes one plain round challah, a jar of honey from Sweet Serendipity and 2 lbs. of apples from Hidden Star Orchards. Order for Sept. 15 pickup from the San Leandro shop, or find Kneaded loaves of challah at local grocery stores, including Luke’s Local in San Francisco, Piazza’s Fine Foods in San Mateo and Palo Alto and Bianchini’s Market in San Carlos and Portola Valley. 585 Victoria Court, San Leandro.

Grand Bakery has been a Bay Area Jewish staple for years, and it continues the tradition by offering round challah and honey cake through Oct. 16. Grand’s goods are available at a number of grocery stores including Oakland Kosher, Draeger’s Market, Mollie Stone’s, Diablo Foods, Lunardi’s, Andronico’s, Berkeley Bowl, Piedmont Grocery and select Safeway stores.

Gluten-free bakery Mariposa Baking Co. offers gluten and dairy-free plain and raisin challahs, coconut pecan macaroons and honey cake bundts for delivery or pick up at 5427 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, or at the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Market Hall offers plain or raisin round challah, tsimmes, chopped liver, matzah ball soup, sweet or savory noodle kugel, harissa and maple roasted carrots, saffron chicken with honey, grilled salmon with preserved lemon, smoked salmon spread, baba ganoush, couscous, spiced honey cake, rugelach, apple strudel and more for Rosh Hashanah. Chicken marbella is available specifically for Yom Kippur. The Rosh Hashanah menu is available Sept.13-17; order by noon Sept. 12. The Yom Kippur menu is available Sept. 23-25, order by noon Sept. 22. 5655 College Ave., Oakland; 1786 Fourth St., Berkeley.

Piedmont Market in Oakland has suggestions for a special High Holiday meal, such as barbecue brisket, sheet-pan chicken, honey cake and spiced apple punch, and provides recipes for all of them. Go to the store, or call Rob Evans by Sept. 11 at (510) 653-8181.

Pomella’s holiday menu has chopped chicken liver, round challah from As Kneaded Bakery, fesenjan (Persian chicken stewed in a thick walnut and pomegranate sauce ), leek and spinach bastilla (vegetarian Moroccan pie), spicy Moroccan-style salmon, chocolate babka from The Tish and honey cake with roasted apples and mascarpone cream. Order for Sept. 14-15 pickup. 3770 Piedmont Ave., Unit B, Oakland.

Saul’s Restaurant and Delicatessen offers extensive Rosh Hashanah and break-the-fast menus, with plain or raisin round challahs supplied by Acme Bread. Choices include housemade gefilte fish, vegan or chicken chopped liver spread, vegetable succotash, chicken dukkah with peach and figs, whole rockfish matbucha, braised brisket, pumpkin and chickpea stew, Jerusalem kugel, honey cake, apple cake and baka. Order ahead for Sept. 14-16 pickup. Reservations for in-house Rosh Hashanah dinner are available all weekend, and break-the-fast spots are available Sept. 25. 1475 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

North Bay

Grossman’s Noshery and Bar offers potato leek latkes, pomegranate molasses roasted carrots, golden raisin and currant round challah and spiced honey cake with apple buttercream and honey caramel drizzle, with choice of whole roasted chicken or sweet-and-sour braised brisket with horseradish cream as mains, plus desserts. Order by Sept. 12. 308 Wilson St., Santa Rosa.

Marla Bakery has honey and golden raisin round challah and French apple tarts. Order at least 48 hours in advance for Sept. 14-15 or Sept. 22-24 pickup at 399 Business Park Court #404, Windsor; Sept. 15 at the Healdsburg farmers market; or Sept. 16 at the Clement Street farmers market.

South Bay / Peninsula

Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels bakes parve plain, sesame, raisin, poppy seed, whole wheat, whole-wheat sesame or chocolate chip challah, plus apple cake and honey cake. Order at least 48 hours in advance for pickup through Sept. 15. 477 California Ave., Palo Alto.

Little Sky Bakery has citrus and olive oil-enriched challah at two storefront locations in Menlo Park and Los Altos, 20 farmers markets and home delivery in Burlingame, Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, San Mateo and more. The bakery also offers challah dough for those who prefer braiding and baking their own loaf.

Irving’s Premium Challah has kosher challah, either plain, poppy or sesame seed flavors, plus honey cake. The loaves are available in different sizes and can be delivered or purchased at Oakland Kosher Foods, Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael, Dayenu in San Francisco, Little Bee Baking in San Francisco, Other Avenues in San Francisco, Woodlands Market in San Francisco, Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos, Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, Pars Kosher Market in San Jose and various Oren’s Hummus locations.

Lea Loeb
Lea Loeb

Lea Loeb is engagement reporter at J. She previously served as editorial assistant.