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The Best Croissant in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / March 26, 2014

croissant torontoThe best croissants in Toronto take into consideration the delicate balance of butter and air that makes the classic French pastry so famous. The yeast-leavened dough is layered with butter and rolled and folded many times, similar to puff pastry (the technique is called laminating), which results in tiny air pockets that contribute to its flakiness. The classic crescent shape gives us its name and makes it easily spotted on buffets, breakfast nooks and bread counters around the world.

Its origins go back as far as the 13th century in Austria and the development of Viennese bakeries, but the exact style we've come to know and love was conceived around 1839 by an Austrian artillery officer. I'm wondering what he'd think of the croissant's recent heathen child - the cronut. I think he'd just be glad there are so many shining examples of the original croissant still around, and find the cronut more of a celebration than a threat.

Here are the best croissants in Toronto.

See also:

The best danishes in Toronto
The best bread in Toronto
The best baguette in Toronto
The best challah in Toronto

Bonjour Brioche

Bonjour Brioche

Come for brunch, stay for the croissants. This Queen East institution has a variety of croissants, the deeply buttery plain, a bittersweet chocolate, lemon and pain aux raisin, all around $1.90. Having been perfecting the croissant for the last 16 years, it’s no wonder they're highly sought after. More »

Rahier

Rahier

Tradition reigns at Rahier on South Bayview where the croissant comes in an ovoid shape in plain, almond, raisin, chocolate or ham and cheese. Best is they don’t skimp on the ingredients, despite the rock-bottom prices, around $1.50 each for these French gems. More »

Clafouti

Clafouti

Trinity Bellwoods has Clafouti to thank for the wonderful plume of fresh croissant smells that fill the neighbourhood. They have classic plain, jam filled and chocolate, as well as miraculous concoctions like the Oreo cookie stuffed croissants (the Crookie) or the peanut butter and banana croissant for those with a wild imagination or a wicked sweet tooth. More »

Nadege Patisserie

Nadege Patisserie

Leave it to Nadege to the push the boundaries of croissant-making in both flavour, and price. The plain croissant has a beautiful golden glisten, which forms the basis of all the other wilder flavours- pistachio chocolate, Brie and ham or pineapple or other combinations of fruit, chocolate, nuts, cheese and meat. Those speciality flavours are around $3.20. Get them at their Rosedale location or across from Trinity Bellwoods. More »

Pain Perdu

Pain Perdu

Stop by Pain Perdu on St. Clair, pick up some croissants and feel like you are stepping into a Parisian cafe. The plain croissant is buttery, flakey and surprising light, or you could try the pain aux raisin and pain a la cannelle or the Jocelyn (a maple and raisin combination.) Depending on the type they run a little over $2 each (Almond is $2.40. Raisin is $2.80). More »

Patisserie 27

Patisserie 27

Patisserie 27 blessed Baby Point with fine French baking back in 2012, and the neighbourhood has really taken to their version of the croissant, a combination of French technique and Japanese ingredients. The prices are reasonable too, now if they would just get a few more tables inside so we could enjoy them more. More »

Petit Thuet

Petit Thuet

French chef Marc Thuet sure knows how to make a name for himself in Toronto, the best of which may be his achievements in baking. The croissants at his King East and Rosedale shops around the city are flavourful and fresh, served plain, with jam or baked with chocolate or almond for about $2.50 each. More »

Ma Maison

Ma Maison

Ma Maison in Etobicoke has wonderful croissants, but get there early because they often sell out by noon. Traditionally French-trained chef Patrick Alleguede has plain, chocolate or almond croissant in the shop, but he also sells the croissants frozen so that you can bake them at home. More »

Thobors

Thobors

Mount Pleasant area Thobors is a classic French bakery, and their croissants have that French patisserie style. Simple yet sinfully delicious. Prices range from $1.95 to $2.30 and run the gamut of traditional flavours including plain, croissant aux amandes, pain au chocolate and a pain aux raisin. More »

Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb

Roncesvalles coffee shop Cherry Bomb has a (somewhat) hidden secret. They make great baked goods too, especially croissants. Plain, chocolate, and an exceptionally delicious almond croissant, and sometimes you’ll find they’ve made a rosemary ham and cheddar version that makes for good light lunch on the go. Prices are about $2.25 per croissant. More »

Brick St. Breads

Brick St. Breads

With four locations to service the Toronto city folk (the Distillery, the Beach, Financial District and Leslieville) Brick St. Breads makes croissant eating easy, but they frequently sell out, so elbow your way in early. Butter, almond and chocolate are best sellers. More »

Mabel’s Bakery

Mabel’s Bakery

Mabel's Bakery has two spots, one near The Drake and one on Roncesvalles, so the west end neighbourhoods are covered for croissants. Plain butter, almond and chocolate croissant are soft yet flakey with a nice buttery pull, and priced around $2.05 each. More »

Discussion

27 Comments

AF / March 26, 2014 at 05:03 pm
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ok so they might be closing soon -- but Patachou still have the best croissants in the city .. get them while you still before they close May 03 ...
John Coates / March 26, 2014 at 05:26 pm
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Good to see Rahier up there... they are one of the best in the world (yes, I've been to Paris).
dianab / March 26, 2014 at 05:51 pm
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Leslieville Cheese Market have the BEST hands down.
Ron Mexico / March 26, 2014 at 06:49 pm
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These places are no match for the fresh baked delicious melt in your mouth croissants from Sobeys.......hands down the best in the city.
Karen / March 26, 2014 at 06:58 pm
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Epi Bread on Bayview wasn't mentioned. They make unbelievable croissants, as does Jules Patisserie on Mt Pleasant.
CM / March 26, 2014 at 07:14 pm
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OMG I love croissants! The flaky and buttery textures are so good. I'll have to try some of these places out. Rahier is yummy; I like their ham and cheese croissants the most.
charalique / March 26, 2014 at 07:21 pm
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omg i second the croissants from sobeys! yup...my tummy just grumbled.
Jason replying to a comment from Karen / March 26, 2014 at 07:42 pm
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Agreed on both counts!
Foo Dee / March 26, 2014 at 08:02 pm
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Thanks for posting this list, because I was unaware that edible croissants existed anywhere in Toronto!!!!
MeezStephanie / March 26, 2014 at 09:53 pm
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No Chabichou, on Harbord?
Evan / March 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm
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Epi on Bayview makes the best croissant's I've ever had... on a good day. Same goes for the baguette. I'm very surprised not to see La Bamboche on the list. I'd say they are consistently as good as Epi's best. Rahier is very consistent and very excellent but the chocolate is always quite hard and they aren't exactly crispy, at least not much past noon. Nadège is quite good if small and expensive. Very buttery and dense.

Side note, Rahier is a Belgian pastry shop, not French.
eagle3 replying to a comment from Ron Mexico / March 26, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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Did I read right? You said, SOBEYS?? We are talking classic bakeries here.. I am curious though..
Joey / March 26, 2014 at 11:46 pm
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Great list guys tried Patisserie 27 this afternoon amazing will be back many more time
Lindsay / March 26, 2014 at 11:57 pm
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Love Pain Perdu. I would often get off before my stop on St. Clair to stop in there for a croissant on my way home and walk the rest of the way. Definetly worth it, and made me feel less guilty about the indulgence with the longer walk home after :P
Whoop de Doo replying to a comment from Foo Dee / March 27, 2014 at 12:50 am
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Oh Lord. Another ex-Montrealer desperate to impress the rest of us, perchance?
whoa / March 27, 2014 at 05:08 am
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Thobor's is underrated and a painful lack of Epi.
Nope / March 27, 2014 at 09:27 am
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Don't bother with Clafouti. Their croissant is awful.
M / March 27, 2014 at 10:01 am
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The best croissant is at Bread-Stuff at Bayview and Sheppard.
Nicole / March 27, 2014 at 10:54 am
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I only tried one croissant at Petit Thuet's Yonge & King location, and it was awful -- too crispy, tasteless and somewhat stale despite the early morning time. I'm not sad that location is closing down!
A / March 27, 2014 at 01:09 pm
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Remarkable Bean has the best, hands down. Almond croissant is sex in your mouth.
Not fooled for one moment / March 27, 2014 at 02:29 pm
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Never ask one bakery owner what their competition is like. They will ALWAYS report it to be dry and tasteless and advise people not to go there... ;)
Gabby replying to a comment from John Coates / March 28, 2014 at 10:15 am
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Agreed. Better than anything I've tasted in Paris!!!
Melissa Goldstein replying to a comment from MeezStephanie / March 28, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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Agreed. What UP?!
Those are the best croissants I've had in this city that does terrible croissants!
Bedazzled / April 1, 2014 at 09:41 am
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Exquisite croissants are to be found at Café Olya in Cabbagetown, where the owner bakes them on site, from scratch, and shapes them by hand. No machines or frozen stuff here. Surprised that Café Olya did not make it on this list.
Flavia / April 10, 2014 at 09:42 am
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Patachou still has the best ones...I will miss them!
November Golf Charlie / April 29, 2014 at 01:38 pm
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Patisserie La Cigogne on Danforth at Monarch Park has AWESOME but expensive croissants
mmmaro / June 30, 2014 at 02:27 pm
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absolutely disagree about pain perdu...just got a chocolate croissant today and it was completely unacceptable. $3 wasted. also a big waste of time.

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