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Aug 6, 2007 02:40 PM

Bakery in Pittsburgh

I'm looking for a bakery with the best buttery, flaky croissants. Preferably in the Squirrel Hill, Oakland, Shadyside, Regent Square area.... although I'm willing to travel a bit:) Also, I can't find a donut shop in Sq. Hill/Regent Square either...any suggestions?


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  1. Can you make it to Millvale? Very good French bakery is right downtown Millvale. They may even have Donuts. And it is very affordable. Do yourself a favor and check it out!!!

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    1. re: 42duffy

      I second this bakery. Very good pain au chocolat, as well. But be sure to get there early (i.e. near opening time), or you won't find much left.

      1. re: cewe424

        Thirded. Jean Marc is fantastic. His Breton shortbread is pretty close to perfection, too.

    2. Thanks so much- I am willing to use Mapquest to find the perfect croissant! :)

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      1. re: QSheba

        On Filbert Street (just off of Walnut) in Shadyside there is a new French Bakery with a French owner. They're right across the street from Crepes Parissiennes and I think you'll find what you're looking for.

        1. re: Rick

          The French Tarte croissants were everything I could have hoped for...haven't had such good croissants since I was in Paris! Thank you! It will be a regular weekend stop for me now:)

          I e-mailed J-M Chatellier's...their basement flooded and J-M himself broke his shoulder....I will have to wait to try his croissants. :(

          1. re: QSheba

            I'm glad you liked it! I'm personally addicted to the crepe place across the street. If you happen to make it to the crepe place I recommend the Banana and Brown Sugar, Butter and Brown Sugar, the Nutella, the Tomatoe and Cheese, the Ham and Cheese. Everything else is fine, the listed ones are great. I've never been to Paris but I've always wondered if there was a true authentic croissant to be had in Pgh. It seems there is!

            1. re: Rick

              Ah Ha!! There is also a French Tart at 1717 Cochran Rd in the South Hills. Same people. (412) 561-3270

              1. re: yayadave

                I don't know if it is still true, but when the French Tart in Shadyside first opened they were still doing most of their baking at the South Hills location and transporting things to Shadyside daily. From my experiences they have been very willing to make something to order, and everything has been good so far.

                1. re: italyinmind

                  This post got me craving something from the French Tart. I got a cherry tart and wow, it was good! The first bite or two was just fine, then I got a bit further into it and there was this pastie filling that was just amazing in combination with the tart cherries.

                  1. re: italyinmind

                    It appears that the Shadyside location has closed. There's "For Rent" signs in the windows.

        2. Allegro Hearth Bakery - 2034 Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill - has the best croissants I've found in Pittsburgh. It's by far my favorite bakery for breads, a friendly owner, and community outreach as well.