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South Florida’s 10 Must-Try Croissants

From the classic to the out-of-the-box varieties

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Put down that quinoa bowl and hide the scale, because it’s time to bite into a buttery, flaky croissant. People think France is the birthplace of the ultimate breakfast pastry, but in reality, Austria is where the caloric happiness first began. When the Turks tried to invade Vienna in 1683 by cleverly digging a tunnel under the city wall, they didn’t consider the bakers working overnight who heard them and alerted the city guards.

In celebration of the Austrian victory over the Ottomans, the kipferl (German word for “crescent” to symbolize the crescent moon on the Turkish flag) was born. But enough with the history lesson, here’s the top croissant spots in South Florida listed in geographical order from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Croissan'Time French Bakery

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The grande dame of French bakeries in Ft. Lauderdale.  This spot has been around since 1986 and is the go-to for lovers of all things sweet, crusty, crunchy, and chocolatey.  It will be hard to leave with just one item, even when it comes to croissants, as it has a dizzying array of flavors, sizes, and types of butter used.  The almond croissant has a loyal and steadfast following, although, for research purposes, it might be a good to try them all.

Croissant
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L' Artisane Creative Bakery

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Not only do the croissants look like beautiful art pieces, but, true to the bakery’s name, come in a creative array of rotating flavors like apple pie, chocolate and passionfruit, and strawberry and balsamic and cream cheese.  Impressively, it, like all of the bakery’s items, is vegan, which means no butter, eggs, or dairy. 

Zak the Baker

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This kosher bakery lives up to all the hype, with Zak Stern stretching his carb empire all the way up to Wellington via Whole Foods. There’s also home delivery available for those in certain zip codes. The croissants here come without bells and whistles — there’s plain and chocolate — and they’re both ultra-flaky and divine.

True Loaf Bakery

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With a mesmerizing store front showcasing the baked goods available for the day, get here early and be prepared to wait in line. Just entering the bright and uncomplicated spot brimming with pastries, sandwiches and breads induces happiness. There’s lot to choose from and it’s all good, but there is a reason the croissants are legendary — and quickly run out.

True Loaf

Rosetta Bakery

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While Rosetta Bakery calls itself Italian, after a specific bread popular throughout The Boot, it offers a stellar lineup of croissants as well. Purists will be happy to overlook the nationality hiccup when sampling them, served plain, with apricot, raspberry, cream or Nutella.

Custard-filled croissant
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B Bistro + Bakery

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Those under the irresistible spell of Nutella will be smitten by the croissant nestled with the chocolatey goodness served at this elegant Brickell bakery. But the offerings don’t end there. The activated charcoal dulce de leche croissant, which has a unique midnight black appearance and loaded with the sweet filling, makes for a stunning Instagram post. As a nod to the Magic City, sample the guava and cheese croissant, a grown-up version of the pastelito.

Croissants and pastries
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Atelier Monnier

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Two cafés and two boutique shops makes it easy to enjoy this laid-back bakery’s croissants no matter what part of town diners find themselves in. They’re not stingy with the good stuff either: chocolate croissants offer two bars of chocolate melted inside. Another favorite is the almond croissant.  Of course, for those suffering from a bout of indecisiveness, chocolate almond is the way to go.

Chocolate almond croissant
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Bachour

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Antonio Bachour makes pastries and desserts that are almost too pretty to eat, and that includes the croissants. Everything made here looks like it should be in a museum display. Thankfully, it is not. Bring a hearty appetite (and a camera) and leave calorie counts at the door.

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Madruga Bakery

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One of the few South Florida bakeries that mills its flour onsite, this minimalist spot has a loyal fan base for breads like Jewish Rye, Country Blonde, and Fruit and Nut Loaf. Add a couple of croissants to the list (there’s plain, ham and cheese and spinach and feta pockets) so the day has no regrets.

Flour & Weirdoughs

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Join the hordes of cyclists who pedal their way down scenic Key Biscayne to reach this quirky bakery, or simply hop in the car and go. Either way, it’s a the trip that will quickly become a habit. Carlos Flores and Renata Ferrara (the dynamic, carb-loving duo behind this hit) offer a plethora of unique and addictive baked goods, including croissants with salty names like “It’s Brisket B*itch!” and “Basic AF” that have even the toughest croissant critics hooked from the first bite.

Brisket Croissant
Flour & Weirdoughs

Croissan'Time French Bakery

Croissant
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The grande dame of French bakeries in Ft. Lauderdale.  This spot has been around since 1986 and is the go-to for lovers of all things sweet, crusty, crunchy, and chocolatey.  It will be hard to leave with just one item, even when it comes to croissants, as it has a dizzying array of flavors, sizes, and types of butter used.  The almond croissant has a loyal and steadfast following, although, for research purposes, it might be a good to try them all.

Croissant
Yelp/Kim H.

L' Artisane Creative Bakery

Not only do the croissants look like beautiful art pieces, but, true to the bakery’s name, come in a creative array of rotating flavors like apple pie, chocolate and passionfruit, and strawberry and balsamic and cream cheese.  Impressively, it, like all of the bakery’s items, is vegan, which means no butter, eggs, or dairy. 

Zak the Baker

This kosher bakery lives up to all the hype, with Zak Stern stretching his carb empire all the way up to Wellington via Whole Foods. There’s also home delivery available for those in certain zip codes. The croissants here come without bells and whistles — there’s plain and chocolate — and they’re both ultra-flaky and divine.

True Loaf Bakery

True Loaf

With a mesmerizing store front showcasing the baked goods available for the day, get here early and be prepared to wait in line. Just entering the bright and uncomplicated spot brimming with pastries, sandwiches and breads induces happiness. There’s lot to choose from and it’s all good, but there is a reason the croissants are legendary — and quickly run out.

True Loaf

Rosetta Bakery

Custard-filled croissant
Yelp/Kashif K.

While Rosetta Bakery calls itself Italian, after a specific bread popular throughout The Boot, it offers a stellar lineup of croissants as well. Purists will be happy to overlook the nationality hiccup when sampling them, served plain, with apricot, raspberry, cream or Nutella.

Custard-filled croissant
Yelp/Kashif K.

B Bistro + Bakery

Croissants and pastries
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Those under the irresistible spell of Nutella will be smitten by the croissant nestled with the chocolatey goodness served at this elegant Brickell bakery. But the offerings don’t end there. The activated charcoal dulce de leche croissant, which has a unique midnight black appearance and loaded with the sweet filling, makes for a stunning Instagram post. As a nod to the Magic City, sample the guava and cheese croissant, a grown-up version of the pastelito.

Croissants and pastries
B Bistro/Facebook

Atelier Monnier

Chocolate almond croissant
Yelp/Yanessa E.

Two cafés and two boutique shops makes it easy to enjoy this laid-back bakery’s croissants no matter what part of town diners find themselves in. They’re not stingy with the good stuff either: chocolate croissants offer two bars of chocolate melted inside. Another favorite is the almond croissant.  Of course, for those suffering from a bout of indecisiveness, chocolate almond is the way to go.

Chocolate almond croissant
Yelp/Yanessa E.

Bachour

Bachour

Antonio Bachour makes pastries and desserts that are almost too pretty to eat, and that includes the croissants. Everything made here looks like it should be in a museum display. Thankfully, it is not. Bring a hearty appetite (and a camera) and leave calorie counts at the door.

Bachour

Madruga Bakery

One of the few South Florida bakeries that mills its flour onsite, this minimalist spot has a loyal fan base for breads like Jewish Rye, Country Blonde, and Fruit and Nut Loaf. Add a couple of croissants to the list (there’s plain, ham and cheese and spinach and feta pockets) so the day has no regrets.

Flour & Weirdoughs

Brisket Croissant
Flour & Weirdoughs

Join the hordes of cyclists who pedal their way down scenic Key Biscayne to reach this quirky bakery, or simply hop in the car and go. Either way, it’s a the trip that will quickly become a habit. Carlos Flores and Renata Ferrara (the dynamic, carb-loving duo behind this hit) offer a plethora of unique and addictive baked goods, including croissants with salty names like “It’s Brisket B*itch!” and “Basic AF” that have even the toughest croissant critics hooked from the first bite.

Brisket Croissant
Flour & Weirdoughs

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