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

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.

Bread & Sons Inc

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

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

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

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

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.

Casa Di Moni

51 York, 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.

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