Nothing beats a freshly baked, buttery croissant. Just add a strong coffee and some reading material and you’ve created the perfect start to any morning.
When it comes to where to find the best croissants in Vancouver, we turned to local foodie Nora Hamade of the popular Vancouver-based food blog nomnomyvr.com to curate her list of her picks for where to find the most delicious renditions of this quintessential French pastry.
We asked Hamade to tell us in her own words what makes the perfect croissant.
My perfect croissant is one that is freshly baked, and when you bite into it it’s shatter-crisp, airy, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth tender!
That sounds divine, right? Here are the 10 best croissants in Vancouver, as selected by Nora Hamade of nomnomyvr, along with why she thinks they are worth enjoying.
“A well-made butter croissant and a double baked apple pie croissant is all you need in life. Beaucoup Bakery is one of my favourite places to visit in Vancouver for a snack or coffee break.”
Address: 2150 Fir Street
“Thomas Haas’ Double Baked Almond Croissant is the real deal! I love lots of almonds on my croissant and this version is covered in them.”
Address: 2539 West Broadway Avenue
Address: Unit 128, 998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver
“Another place to get a great double baked almond croissant is Temper Pastry. Located in West Vancouver it’s a bit of trek, but definitely worth it!”
Address: 2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
“Chez Christophe, located in Burnaby Heights, offers fine chocolates and pastries. I come here for their delicious chocolate and hazelnut croissant. It tastes just like a Ferrero Rocher. They also have this as a double baked version, if you’re looking for the extra crunch.”
Address: 4712 Hastings Street, Burnaby
“Swiss Bakery is known for its amazing Frissants (a fritter and croissant hybrid) but it also makes a delicious butter croissant. It has a perfect crispy exterior and a soft, chewy, buttery interior. Just heavenly!”
Address: 143 East 3rd Avenue
“This French-inspired café in Richmond is one of the city’s best kept secrets. L’ Opera Patisserie offers delicious hand-crafted pastries and their golden double baked almond croissant is certainly one of them.”
Address: 5951 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond
“Matchstick not only pours a really good latte, but they also offer awesome almond croissants, which they bake fresh in-house daily.”
Address: 213 East Georgia Street
Address: 639 East 15 Avenue
“Yaletown’s Footo Croissant offers many unique flavours not often found in Vancouver, such as Bacon and Maple and Earl Grey, just to name a few.”
Address: 858 Hamilton Street
“This Parisian-style patisserie offers a range of melt-in-your-mouth pastries, including an indulgent and deliciously crisp Pain Au Chocolate.”
Address: 1262 Homer Street
“The flaky, crescent-shaped, butter croissant at Bel Café is wonderfully rich, buttery, and crisp. Situated downtown, this bakery is another must-visit location in the city.”
Address: 801 West Georgia Street