The best croissants in Montreal : a map to the ultimate French pastry

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The best croissants in Montreal : a map to the ultimate French pastry

Montreal’s best croissants! We would like to begin this article by saying that all members of the Tastet team are great admirers of the simple yet elegant croissant. It was only a matter of time before we created a master list of where exactly to find the best ones in the city, so here it is!

A successful croissant is a puff pastry delight, carefully rolled into the shape of a crescent moon, baked to a delicious buttery golden goodness. The easiest way to be able to tell a good croissant from a bad one – a good one will be impossible to resist after encountering even just one whiff of its rich aroma. The origin of the French croissant is, needless to say, disputed, but it is generally accepted to be a descendent of the early Austrian Kipferl, adopted into French cuisine possibly in the 19th Century. Despite the unclear background, the pastry is now enjoyed around the world.

Although it might look simple and have simple ingredients,  producing a mouth-watering croissant is a long process that requires a lot know-how and patience, and of course,  very high quality ingredients. The best croissants in Montreal as declared on this list all reflect these criteria in our eyes, but let us know what you think! If you know of any other addresses that sell croissants that deserve to be included on this list, please dont hesitate to send us an email at [email protected] so we can update the publication. The suggestions we receive from our readers help us keep our lists as relevant and up to date as possible, so we are thanking you in advance.

If you are looking for more suggestions for places to enjoy other French classics, you may want to have a look at our list of the best French restaurants in Montreal. If you are looking for suggestions of other pastries, head on over to our list of the best pastry shops in Montreal, the best bakeries in the city, or the best donut shops in Montreal.

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We have a certain weakness for Hof Kelsten which is why they are often mentioned in our articles.  With his classical cooking background, Jeffrey Finkelstein has created one of the best bakeries in town with the best croissants.  Coming into this contemporary setting for a coffee or brunch is always enjoyable but you really need to eat a croissant as well.  This is buttery puff pastry baked to perfection and with each bite, crumbly flakes break off the outside, just as it should be. You can’t eat enough, they are that good.  Maybe the Bongard oven has something to do with the perfectness or perhaps the meticulousness of the head baker?  Hof Kelsten’s croissants are divine.

The name “Les Co’pains d’abord” comes from an acquaintance of the owner who is a musician and a great lover of the French chanson, and of the singer Georges Brassens. The small bakery offers several varieties of breads, pastries and other gourmet delights.  But the croissant is the must-have and must-try at Les Co’pains d’abord. This is flawless puff pastry, lots and lots of butter, and a lot of love.  It is always crowded with cheery families, friends, neighbours who evidently also love eating the croissants.

When Olive et Gourmando opened in Vieux Montréal, Jean-Philippe Tastet commented « Finally, an extraordinary little bakery below my office, right on the corner! » And he was right. Olive & Gourmando was a pioneer, opening in 1997, when bakeries were not at all as glorified as they are today.  It is now a classic spot for brunch, lunch or take away.  We love their croissants so much – we think maybe just a little too much? Given the touristy location, the prices seem a bit expensive to us Montrealers but the quality is unquestionably high.

La Croissanterie Le Figaro is reminiscent of the small French cafés we all seem to love. Open every day from 7am to 1am, the dated decor is quaint and the waitresses are always delightful. Does this add to the quality? Not really, but it is part of the charm. The menu is certainly café français and drinking a coffee with your succulent croissant in these surroundings certainly contributes to the feeling that you are elsewhere rather than Montreal. The terrace is beautiful and to be enjoyed during the summer months.

Fous Desserts was born out of the passion of the artisan chocolatier Franck Dury-Pavet. Everything pleasurable about chocolate including tasting is celebrated here. Come and savour all kinds of chocolate and pastry delights.   The quality is excellent and the kindness of the staff is much appreciated. The croissants at Fous Desserts are made using natural and organic ingredients and truly one of the best in Montreal. Well worth trying.

Located at Place Royale in the heart of Vieux Montréal, Maison Christian Faure is where you realize that this is the place for the best French pastries. La Maison was founded by the Master Pastry Chef Christian Faure, who is the recipient of several awards. The surroundings are beautiful!  There are many gourmet delights to be found – exquisite pastries, delicious brunchs, warm chocolate soufflés (the best!) and of course the viennoiseries. The croissant is absolute bliss – flawless puff pastry and lots of butter and they just melt in your mouth.

This small Breton bakery, named after a seaside town in the Côte d’Armor region of Brittany, opened its doors a little over a year ago. We come here for their good pastries, quiches and sandwiches but the jewel in the crown is their buttered croissant with just the right amount of flaky puff pastry that melts once it hits your tongue.  And what about sitting on that lovely little terrace to munch your croissant on sunny days?

Automne Boulangerie is a newer entrant to the Rosemont-La-Prairie neighbourhood, having opened in late 2016. The space is very attractive, inspired by a simple, slightly rustic Scandanavian decor and dropping in to this small bakery for one of their baked goods and pastries will not leave you disappointed. They work with local farmers to source the best ingredients, and the breads are a cross-over from French to some healthy California selections. Their pies are light and based on seasonal availability and the sandwiches lean towards the Scandanavian varieties but there are also weekly specialties to choose from. And yes, the croissants are pretty darn good.