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Aug 16, 2006 07:41 AM

Best truly French croissants in Berkeley?

Can anyone tell me where I can get the most Parisian croissants possible in Berkeley? Price ranges? I'd like to give a French expat a taste of home.

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    1. Masse's on Shattuck in North Berkeley; La Farine on Solano (at Colusa) and on College (just south of Alcatraz)--I think both are better than the average Parisian croissant.

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      1. I'm going to third it: La Farine. I'm also going to second the opinion that their croissants (La Farine) are better than the average Parisian croissant. Also, one of you ought to have a morning bun, while you're there. Sensational.

        1. Nope Masse's. La Farine's are too bready.

          Of course, both should be tried so your friend can decide which is more to their taste. Hope you'll report how happy (or unhappy) they are about the selection.

          Acme makes an ok croissant.

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          1. re: rworange

            La Farine's croissant isn't bready. It's flaky.

            Do you mean it's not oozing butter?

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Nope. I meant what I said. It is bready and the outside is not as flakey as Masses.

          2. Acme makes a great ham and cheese turnover that is croissant-like.

            The croissants I had when last in France mostly left much to be desired. They were over-crispy, i.e., dried out or over-bready. I had a couple of good ones in Bordeaux and none in Paris, Marseilles or Nice.

            I fourth La Farine. I've never been to the one on Solano, only the Oakland one. Is it the same owner?

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            1. re: oakjoan

              Same owner, same products, same croissant.

              1. re: oakjoan

                Aaah, Bordeaux. In that round plaza in front of the cathedral with the flea market
                and the basketball court, over on the other side there's a tiny little bakery run by
                a friendly woman who laughs with you not at you when you try to speak her language
                and who makes what as far as I know is the finest croissant on earth.

                But that's not Paris. If I had a Parisian friend in town, I'd consider stopping by Masse's
                for some sweets and then strolling down to the French Hotel for a couple of espressos
                to accompany them. Or if it was someone I wanted to keep here I'd take them to
                La Farine in the morning for a hot-from-the-oven morning bun. They're almost
                but just barely not quite better than that place in Bordeaux.

                1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                  I'd take a French person to Fruitvale for churros.