Pick up some savoury croissants at these Ottawa bakeries

When you’re craving a fancier option for your morning snack, a sweet or savoury croissant might just do the trick. Whether you’re seeking a straight-up butter croissant or a heavenly-meets-sinful pain au chocolat, these shops and bakeries will put the belle époque in your casual breakfast.

Art-Is-In Bakery

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250 City Centre Ave, Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7

Scoring a trendy Brooklyn-style vibe with their converted industrial warehouse, Art-is-in Bakery is famed among the locals but manages to keep the masses at bay. The shop’s croissants and close-relative Kronuts are well worth the trip (especially on Crazy Kronut Thursdays, with flavours that range from almond chocolate to ham and cheese. Extravagant and ever-changing artisanal creations by pastry chef and owner Kevin Mathieson honour the bakery’s name, with inventive options like peanut butter bacon banana, orange creamsicle and tequila sunrise.

Macarons Et Madeleines

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1323 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3B6

Stéphan Ethier’s home-based bakery quickly outgrew itself once word caught about the Cordon Bleu and Paris-trained Mâitre Pâtissier’s gourmet croissants. Ethier’s Parisian experience inspires everything from his baking to the shop’s modern European decor. Be prepared for an almond croissant that will whet your palette for the sweet decadence of French viennoiseries. Other gourmet options include a rainbow-coloured selection of macarons that range as much in flavor as in colour: milk chocolate with rosemary or hot pepper anyone?

Bread & Sons Inc

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195 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1W7

Serving busy Centretown’s nine-to-five clientele, the staff at Bread and Sons Bakery are always cheerful, despite the shop’s in-and-out pace. The gourmet bakery usually runs out of their most popular items by late morning so make sure to stop by early for a delicious treat like the pistachio croissant. Don’t miss the makeshift map by the entrance that showcases local farms and businesses from which the bakery procures their decadent offerings.

Bread By Us

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1065 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y2

Cozy spots like Bread by Us are what make the Hintonburg neighbourhood Ottawa’s foodie paradise. Savour the buttery bliss of the chocolate croissant with a cup of Vietnamese cold coffee or matcha latte at the espresso bar. The owners dually pride themselves in their approach to running the shop: first, in their support of environmental practices and second, in their perfect pairings of delicious baked goods and excellent coffee.

Wild Oats Bakery Cafe And Catering

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817 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3V7

Glebe residents rely on this local gem for freshly baked goods and healthy treats. The multi-purpose bakery and restaurant even includes a farm that supplies veggies and herbs for the kitchen. The sustainable business model thrives alongside the laid-back, homey atmosphere of the shop, in which you can enjoy the true sustenance of a rosemary and goat cheese croissant or an irresistible cocoa hazelnut crepe.

Swiss Pastries & Delicatessen

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110-2241 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON K1H 7X4

The classic and carefully crafted treats at Swiss Pastries are complimented by the impressively bright and modern European setting, complete with stainless steel bar tables and high ceilings. Have a butter, almond or chocolate croissant at one of Ottawa’s four locations (including one by the ByWard Market and another in the Carlingwood Mall), and take the opportunity to browse shelves of alpine goodies rarely found anywhere else in town.

Boko Bakery

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4-280 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M2

Founded and operated by a Japanese family for over 30 years, Boko Bakery is one of Centretown’s go-to spots for Ottaweans with a sweet tooth. Known for creating colourfully iced and detailed cookies with frequent cameos from both video game and cartoon characters, the bakery also offers tasty croissants that make the perfect snack on your way to work.

Olive And Chili Food And Family Inc

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51 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9B7

Providing decadent gluten-free pastries alongside European-inspired lunch fare, Olive and Chili also offers one of the city’s few artisanal gluten-free butter and chocolate croissants. Sit down and enjoy these gourmet goodies at the bistro in the heart of the Byward Market, wrap them up for take-away, or order them in advance for a special event.

Rideau Bakery

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384 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5Y8

Tradition is maintained generation after generation at this bakery, family-owned since the 1930s. The original owners started by baking their mother’s Ukrainian bread recipes – now, Rideau Bakery is run by its third generation of owners. A documentary has even been produced about the bakery by local filmmakers. The four types of croissants served are among the most affordable around town and include a cinnamon-infused croissant that brings with it a taste of deep-rooted family traditions.

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