Where to find buttery, flaky croissants in Calgary

Ah, those buttery, flaky crescent rolls – there are few things more satisfying with a cup of coffee than a perfectly executed croissant. A good, authentically French croissant isn’t easy to make at home, but you can have yours and eat them, too, with a visit to any of these bakeries and patisseries. Image credit: iStock.com/robertsre.

Patisserie du Soleil Bakery Cafe

309-2525 Woodview Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2W 4N4

This friendly café is authentically French, and they really know their flake. With one of the city’s biggest selections of savoury croissants (flavours include spinach with feta and tomato, pesto and also mozzarella) and a wide array of sweets, Patisserie du Soleil is a great stop for a coffee break or a quick lunch.

Manuel Latruwe Belgian Patisserie & Bread Shop

1333 1 Street SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5L1

While many herald Manuel Latruwe for its creative, savoury macarons, the bakery’s croissants and pure butter viennoiserie (pastries made with croissant dough) are heavenly. Baked fresh every morning, the menu is filled with irresistible flavours like apricot and almond buns, vanilla croissants and hazelnut twists.

The Bake Chef Co

2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

University students need fuel for those late-night study sessions, and this bakery in the MacEwan Student Centre hits the spot. Though best know for affordable and belly-filling sandwiches, Bake Chef’s croissants (particularly the cheese version) make for a quick breakfast that can easily be smuggled into a lecture theatre.

Yann Haute Patisserie

329, 23 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0J3

Another patisserie that has built a strong reputation on the macaron craze, Yann Haute is located in a charming yellow house on a Mission side street. It’s a treasure trove of French baking. The croissants, especially the almond and chocolate varieties, hit all of Yann’s impeccably high standards.

Ca-Ex Express Ltd

4572 14 St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6T7

This southwest patisserie calls its plain croissants “butter heaven” for good reason – rich and flaky, the pastries are all made with top-quality butter. In the sweet department Ohh la la offers almond cream and Belgian chocolate croissants as well as a unique maple croissant filled with cinnamon and maple syrup and glazed with a maple syrup reduction.

Sidewalk Citizen Bakery

618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0G1

The Simmons Building’s resident bakery puts a unique spin on its croissants, using the same sourdough starter that kicks off its signature bread, making for a deeper flavour. For something sweet, Sidewalk also makes characteristically delicious Callebaut pain au chocolat and syrup-drizzled almond croissants.

La Boulangerie

2435 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X5

Mission has no shortage of places to nip into for a coffee and a snack, but La Boulangerie stands out because of its beautifully executed French-style pastries. The croissants are particularly impressive, with indulgent flavours that include hazelnut, pistachio and dark Callebaut chocolate as well as chocolate with orange zest.

Bliss & Co

6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0K8

Bliss has built its business on its delicious nut-free cupcakes, but the bakery has expanded into a number of other delectable treat categories, ranging from hand pies to cream puffs. The croissant selection is limited, but like the rest of the Bliss menu, they’re perfectly baked and always tasty.

Pascal's Patisserie

101-5240 1A St SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1J1

Not a café, but a take-and-bake store, Pascal’s sells pre-made croissants, brioche and other delights to bake and serve oven-warm at home. In the croissant department, customers can take home almond, chocolate and classic croissants or sheets of puff pastry to build their own flavour creations.

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