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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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1. Croissan'Time French Bakery

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1201 N Federal Hwy #4a
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 565-8555
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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.

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2. L' Artisane Creative Bakery

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7423 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(786) 502-8595
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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. 

3. Zak the Baker

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405 NW 26th St
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 294-0876
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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.

4. True Loaf Bakery

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1894 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 216-7207

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

5. Rosetta Bakery

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1666 Collins Ct
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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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6. B Bistro + Bakery

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600 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 330-6310
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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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7. Atelier Monnier

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848 Brickell Ave Ste #120
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 456-5015
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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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8. Bachour

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2020 Salzedo St
Miami, FL 33134
(305) 203-0552
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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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9. Madruga Bakery

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1430 S Dixie Hwy STE 117
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 262-6130

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.

10. Flour & Weirdoughs

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19 Harbor Dr
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
(305) 361-9009
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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

1. Croissan'Time French Bakery

1201 N Federal Hwy #4a, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Croissant
Yelp/Kim H.

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.

1201 N Federal Hwy #4a
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

2. L' Artisane Creative Bakery

7423 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141

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. 

7423 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33141

3. Zak the Baker

405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127

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.

405 NW 26th St
Miami, FL 33127

4. True Loaf Bakery

1894 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.

1894 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. Rosetta Bakery

1666 Collins Ct, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.

1666 Collins Ct
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. B Bistro + Bakery

600 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
Croissants and pastries
B Bistro/Facebook

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.

600 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131

7. Atelier Monnier

848 Brickell Ave Ste #120, Miami, FL 33131
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.

848 Brickell Ave Ste #120
Miami, FL 33131

8. Bachour

2020 Salzedo St, Miami, FL 33134
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.

2020 Salzedo St
Miami, FL 33134

9. Madruga Bakery

1430 S Dixie Hwy STE 117, Coral Gables, FL 33146

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.

1430 S Dixie Hwy STE 117
Coral Gables, FL 33146

10. Flour & Weirdoughs

19 Harbor Dr, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
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.

19 Harbor Dr
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

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