French influence has left Montreal with dozens of small artisan bakeries. Depending on your budget and tastes, you can find a great croissant in an upscale cafe, a cozy bakery, or a classy French bistro. Read on to find out the best of the best pastries here.
If you have to pick only one place to try croissants in Montreal, you have to go for Fous Desserts. Whether you are a fan of airy croissants or doughy ones, you will not want to miss Fous Desserts croissants’ incredible, rich taste. Addictive from the first bite, the croissants are very well-baked and crispy on the outside, but light and airy inside.
Kouign Amann croissants are probably the most beautifully shaped croissants in Montreal. They have a wonderful texture: perfectly crispy and very airy inside. Kouign Amann is actually the name of a very famous cake from Breton in France and snagging a piece is highly recommended when visiting the bakery, because it is absolutely delicious and mouthwatering.
Croissants at Le Paltoquet are more on the doughy side. They are small in size but quite filling due to their doughy texture and generous portion of butter. They are super crispy on the outside and have an exaggerated moon shape. Though Le Paltoquet’s croissants are slightly sweet, they still go perfectly with salty food like cheese or prosciutto. Le Paltoquet is a nice cafe to spend time with friends and family.
La Croissanterie Figaro serves moon-shaped croissants that are crispy on the outside and doughy inside. Given the small size, you might want to spoil yourself with one of their other offerings, like a chocolatine (also known as pain au chocolate) which is also delicious. La Croissanterie Figaro is a French bistro with a history and friendly staff. In summer, the place offers an open terrace.
Boulangerie Guillaume, which now has a new location, offers a large variety of breads and various pastries. The croissants are flaky and airy inside. They are well -baked enough to have a dark golden color. After reopening, the place retained the traditional French bakery spirit but added a modern touch. With no seating, take-out is the only option.