'Tis the season to feast your eyes on the best gingerbread houses in the city, including a two-story Victorian made from cookie bricks.
Don't eat the house.
A Two-Story Gingerbread Marvel
Where: Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason St. (Chinatown)
When: Through January 1, 2019
At 22 feet tall and 23 feet wide, The Fairmont San Francisco's two-story edible Victorian was crafted by the hotel's culinary team using thousands of gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of royal icing and candy décor. It's so life-size, you you can even make reservations to host a dinner party for up to 10 guests in the house's oh-so-sweet dining room! // For reservations, call 415.772.5144; for more information, visit fairmont.com.
Painted Ladies Gingerbread Houses
Where: Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero), waterbarsf.com
When: Through December 31
Pastry chef Erica Land took her inspiration from San Francisco's famed Painted Ladies. Her cookie abodes have cast-sugar stained glass windows and a fondant-tiled roof. Peruse the real estate while sipping a cocktail from the special Warmth of the Season menu.
Conservatory of Flowers Gingerbread House
Where: Epic Steak, 369 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero), epicsteak.com
When: Through December 31st
Waterbar's sister restaurant, Epic Steak, also debuted a local spin on the gingerbread house this season: Twenty-eight hours went into the making of the restaurant's gingerbread Conservatory of Flowers, which is founded and sided with gingerbread and has center domes made from Rice Krispies. Royal icing lacquers the sides, speckled with edible glitter to mirror the white-glass panels that cover the iconic building. Keen eyes will notice the gummy legos banding the center dome to create a "stained glass" effect, completing the entire table-size gingerbread model.
The Gingerbread SF Cityscape and National Gingerbread Competition
Location: Omni Hotel, 500 California St. (FiDi), omnihotels.com
When: Until January 4, 2019
Again this year, Omni SF has crafted an edible wonderland comprised of all the yuletide confessions. Taking cues from SF's cityscape and skyline, the hotel's culinary team has crafted a table-sized work of holiday cheer, complete with LED lighting arrangements, nearly five-foot-tall castles, and, yes, even a toy train. Also, gingerbread houses that were part of the National Gingerbread Competition, which has been held annually at the hotel for over 15 years, will be on display for your visual enjoyment. Swing by for an IG upload that'll leave your followers with gobbles of holiday cheer. // To see the winners of last year's competition, go to omnihotels.com.