Buttery. Flaky. Myriad layers of crispy-soft pastry. A delicate marvel of baking architecture. Croissants are a testament to the skill of their bakers, and one of France’s most glorious contributions to baking.
Here in Vancouver we are lucky to have so many fantastic bakeshops and cafes where they are producing croissants of all kinds, from the simple glory of a plain butter croissant to the decadence of those that are twice baked with almonds and chocolate.
Here are 15 of the best places in Vancouver to have a croissant (or two–we won’t judge).
Faubourg is a must-try Vancouver spot for delicious French baked goods, including their buttery, flakey croissants. They offer plain, chocolate, almond, peach, and pistachio, as well as a ham & cheese.
Jackie Kai Ellis’ charming bakery on the edge South Granville/Kitsilano is known for their tantalizing French-style pastries, including croissants.
Address: 2150 Fir Street, Vancouver
Pastries are an art in the hands of Thomas Haas. They make a classic butter croissant, a Double Baked Almond Croissant, a Double Baked Chocolate Almond Croissant, and a ham and cheese croissant. Get the almond one. Seriously.
Address: 2539 West Broadway Avenue
Address: Unit 128, 998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver
The Fraser corridor’s absolutely charming Batard Boulangerie makes dreamy croissants. Pick up one of these buttery gems from this French bakery and you’ll say ooh la la for sure.
Address: 3958 Fraser Street, Vancouver
French Made Baking’s decadent croissants are made with all-butter dough, and the filled ones are double baked to perfection. Look for croissants with chocolate, almond, or their secret savoury Bechamel sauce.
Address: 81 Kingsway, Vancouver
Also on the menu at this Belgian bakery that specializes in waffles are croissants, from plain butter to savoury ham and cheese.
Address: 1728 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Head to West Vancouver to try the beautiful croissants at this bakeshop and chocolatier. They’ve got plain, chocolate, almond, chocolate coconut, chocolate almond, ham and cheese, and even a Honey & Lavender Croissant Donut.
Address: 2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Burnaby’s Chez Christophe is a great destination for delectable pastries. A couple of his more decadent riffs on the sweet baked good are the Double Baked Croissant with Pecan Maple Syrup and the Double Baked Pain au Chocolat with Hazelnut Cream.
Address: 4712 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Famous for their fritter-croissant hybrid, the Frissant, if you take the “fri” out of the equation, you’re still left with Swiss Bakery’s lovely, golden croissants. Not a bad deal!
Address: 143 East 3rd Avenue, Vancouver
It’s possible to fall in love with Purebread at first sight thanks to their epic blanket of stunning pastries and baked goods on display when you walk into their shop. You’ll fall in love with their almond or chocolate almond croissants at first bite, for sure, too.
Address: 159 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
If you’re in Richmond and in need of a croissant, head to L’Opera Patisserie. The teahouse and bakery has got you covered in the most delicious way.
Address: 5951 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond
Immerse yourself in the world of delectable French pastries, and head to Yaletown’s sweet Ganache for a taste of their beautiful croissants.
Address: 1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
You’ll be singing the French national anthem after indulging in the buttery croissants from this downtown bakery–Croissanterie, no less!
Address: 1138 Granville Street, Vancouver
The casual cafe operation from the Hawksworth crew inside the Rosewood Hotel Georgia has a stellar pastry program. Among their offerings are indeed croissants of note.
Address: 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
It’s no small feat to get those incredible layers in a croissant, but the team at Small Victory in Yaletown have nailed it.
Address: 1088 Homer Street, Vancouver