Buttery goodness: Find the best croissants in Halifax

Is there anything like biting into a warm croissant? Grab one of these flaky puff pastries, pull it apart, and inhale the buttery depths within. It's a little bit of Paris at a fraction of the cost of a plane ticket. Follow your taste buds, and find the best croissants Halifax has to offer.

Julien's Patisserie, Bakery and Cafe

5517 Young St, Halifax, NS B3K 1Z7

Julien's Bakery, Patisserie and Cafe is located on a charming block of small businesses in the Hydrostone, one of Halifax's most pleasant neighbourhoods and a designated heritage site. No matter the season, you'll find delicious things to eat and drink in an atmosphere of continental relaxation. The display case of breads and pastries is sheer temptation, but go for the famous almond croissant above all else. In the summer, sit at an outdoor table and devour it in the open air.

Two If By Sea Bakeshop

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66 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1C2

Renowned for its giant croissants (and cookies), this outpost of Two If By Sea serves all of your pastry needs on the Halifax Waterfront. Located in the Historic Properties, a small downtown mall on the picturesque waterfront boardwalk, the small size of this place – it's really just a coffee counter, there's no seating – belies the large range of coffee and treats available and their utter deliciousness. Come here for friendly staff and super-sized pastries.

Halifax Farmers Market-Seaport

2
1209 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P8

The owner of Boulangerie La Vendéene grew up in France, where his apprenticeship as a boulanger began at the age of 15, and it shows. The skill and experience is evident in the mouth-watering croissants and other baked goods available at this outpost of his bakery in the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market. Grab a croissant to go, and eat it while watching the cruise ships sail by.

Lion & Bright

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2530 Agricola St, Halifax, NS B3K 4C5

Lion and Bright is one of many new businesses to appear on Agricola Street, a strip that is seeing rapid gentrification. It's a hip, artfully designed space where you can eat, drink and work; there are two smooth wooden tables in the middle designated a WiFi work zone space, but laptops are everywhere. Grab one of the croissants with a coffee or have one for dessert after a meal. Come for the people-watching; it's a stylish crowd.

Gingerbread Haus Bakery

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1138 Queen St, Halifax, NS B3H 2R9

The Gingerbread Haus is always warm and filled with the smells of bread and cake. Tucked away on the corner of Queen and Fenwick Streets, it's a cozy space, easy to miss but definitely worth a visit. Everything here is made from scratch, including the puff pastry. As you gaze upon the display case full of cake and breathe in the aroma of real butter, you know your croissant is made with care by capable hands.

Steve O Reno's Cappuccino

5
1536 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS B3J 2G2

Steve-O-Reno's is located in the heart of downtown Halifax. This shop is committed to working with local producers and local ingredients and is a Halifax favourite. The bright location on Brunswick Street looks out over the old Halifax Library, and in the summer, you can watch the bustle of downtown while indulging your sweet tooth on the patio.

Le French Fix Pâtisserie

6
5233 Prince St, Halifax, NS B3J 1L8

Le French Fix wants you to become addicted to its pastries. Geoffroy Chevallier trained as a pastry chef in France before bringing his formidable talents to Halifax. Choose from traditional butter croissants, pain-au-chocolats, or the Take and Bake for Sunday mornings when you want that buttery, rising-dough aroma to fill your kitchen. Just swing by their downtown Halifax location and pick up the dough; baking instructions are included.

Pro Skateboards

7
6451 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1B1

Anchored Espresso Bar & Toastery provides Quinpool Road with a welcome dose of artisanal coffee and pastries. It's located inside the premises of Pro Skateboards and Snowboards, where you can grab one of the scrumptious croissants and browse for some shoes. If you're in the mood to take it easy, grab a stool and bathe in the sun that (fingers crossed, it's Halifax) sometimes streams through the large front windows.

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