Heavenly Crescents: Where to Find Sydney's Best Croissants
Bourke Street Bakery
La Renaissance Café
La Renaissance Café
La Renaissance Café
Whether you’re a savoury fan or have a sweet tooth, everyone has a pastry habit that needs nurturing. Lucky for us, Sydney is home to some of the best bakeries, rolling out thousands of croissants each week. There’s nothing quite like a freshly baked, buttery and flaky croissant to kick-start your day. For your next brunch, ditch the smashed avo and head to one of these pastry-experts for a heavenly croissant. You won't regret it!
The geniuses at Rollers in Manly do not mess around when it comes to their deliciously flaky croissants. In their Cali-cool, insta-worthy space, the changing flavours they doll out daily, range from classic to highly experimental. Their sushi croissant is a signature with its charcoal dough, smoked salmon and nori. A personal fave is the pavlova- think a torched meringue-topped croissant with passionfruit curd filling. *Drool*
19 Rialto Lane, Manly Beach
Run by two former Bourke Street Bakery chefs, this cosy little bakery is right at home in the Forest Lodge foodie hub. The duo start baking at 2am, so you’re treated to buttery soft, flaky croissants. If it’s your first visit, go straight for the signature pastry: a golden coconut croissant topped with toasted coconut flakes.
38 Ross Street, Forest Lodge
This corner café-slash-bakery in Chippendale is bustling every day thanks to its Mecca coffee, artisan breads and melt-in-your-mouth pastries. The croissants are delightfully crispy, and buttery, and often sell out early. Since you deserve to treat yourself, get the decadent chocolate almond croissant infused with a brandy, cinnamon and frangipane filling. It’s out of this world.
206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale
When you’re in Woolloomooloo, drop in to Flour & Stone for a delicate croissant. The texture of this tiny bakery’s croissants set it apart: the almond croissants are firm and crunchy, while the pain au chocolate is generously filled with three sticks of Valrhona chocolate. As for the original, it’s dense yet smooth, with beautiful buttery layers.
53 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
Penny Fours is a charming patisserie that specialises in sweet treats. While anything you order is guaranteed to be good, like the lemon meringue, the croissants are incredible. Try the almond raspberry croissant featuring house-made raspberry jam and a cakey, almond filling. If you’re in the mood for something savoury, opt for the caramelised onion, spinach and fetta croissant.
141 Norton Street, Leichhardt
This family-run empire have a well-earned reputation across Sydney for baking and delivering delicious, crusty breads and sweet treats. For now though, we are only interested in their croissants - for sweet tooths, the syrup soaked, twice baked almond croissant is a triumph. For savoury lovers, the gypsy ham, swiss cheese and bechamel croissant is perfection.
Alexandria, Bondi, Glebe, Paddington, Rose Bay, Waterloo, Woollahra
They may be famous for their strawberry watermelon cake, but they also consider croissants to be “a staple of a sensible diet.” We’d have to agree! Black Star Pastry’s croissants are beautifully buttery and flaky, made with cultured butter courtesy of Pepe Saya. The chocolate croissant includes Calleabut dark chocolate for a trs bien result.
Newtown, Rosebery, Sydney
In The Rocks, this family-run bakery sells over 1000 almond croissants per week – so you know they’re delicieux! In true French style, their pastries are deliciously buttery with a crunchy outer coated in almonds and icing sugar. If you’re a savoury fan, the ham and cheese croissant filled with creamy béchamel sauce will hit the spot.
47 Argyle Street, The Rocks
To satisfy your croissant craving in Darlinghurst, Manly and Paddington, go to Infinity Bakery. The croissants are handmade on-site using traditional techniques and top-notch ingredients. They’re also huge, so you’ll be set until lunch. Our pick is the almond croissant, a slightly crispy pastry dressed in almond slivers and icing sugar, which reveals soft, buttery folds when pulled apart.
Darlinghurst, Manly, Paddington
When a Michelin-trained patissier and an expert baker joined forces to open Textbook in Alexandria, we knew we were in for a treat. The pair play to their strengths, with pastry chef John Ralley in charge of the ‘Viennoiserie’ croissants. The dough is sweet and fluffy on the inside, and crispy and ‘laminated’ on the outside.
274 Botany Road, Alexandria