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Apr 22, 2009 10:34 AM

Best almond croissants?

I'm searching for awesome almond croissants in Toronto, any suggestions? They have become a recent obsession. I've had them at Pain Perdu & Le Select so far but look forward to trying more...

TTC accessible would be a bonus!

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  1. Try Cicogne on Bayview south of Eglinton

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    1. re: carissima

      Second La Cigogne for the almond croissants or another twist would be to try the Financiers at Thobors.


      1. re: carissima

        I just had versions from both Cigogne and Rahier last Sunday! Prefer the Rahier version more. Crisper, lighter, fluffier and more subtle filling.

        1. re: Charles Yu

          Second Rahier Patisserie ( Bayview, south of Eglinton)
          Rahier is my go-to place for croissants in Toronto. They've been consistently good, while some other places i've tried have been good one time and not as good the next.
          They also do an almond-rum, but the rum taste is very subtle...

        2. re: carissima

          The name is La Cigogne:
          Patisserie La Cigogne

          1626 Bayview Avenue
          Toronto (416) 487-1234

        3. Le Gourmand has a decent one, and several locations now (all pretty easy via TTC, but the Yonge/Bloor one doesn't even require going outdoors).

          Le Gourmand
          2 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

          Le Gourmand
          438 Richmond W, Toronto, ON M5V1Y1, CA

          Le Gourmand
          2177 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

          1. I've recently been picking up Thuet's almond croissants at the Healthy Butcher and am (sadly for my waistline) becoming addicted. They're really, really good. That being said, I'm not an afficionado, so I can't guarantee they're the best.

            1. Jules. Evil miscreants that they are, they also do a chocolate almond blend that are very good.

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                1. re: Snarf

                  Jules' plain almond croissant is great, light and fluffy with not too much almond paste inside. The almond chocolate blend that snarf mentioned is very different though, very heavy/dense and a touch overly sweet IMHO.

                  1. re: Royaljelly

                    Add my name to the chorus of rec's for Jules. I don't typically like almond croissants - they're oftey cloyingly sweet with an artificial almond taste. But the ones they serve at Caffe Doria, which they source from Jules, are a-ma-a-z-i-n-g!

                    1. re: peppermint pate

                      Funny I don't ever recall seeing croissants at Caffe Doria. I guess they either run out quickly, or I get there too late. When we go, it's usually lunch time. Which reminds me, I am due....hopefully this weekend.

                      1. re: millygirl

                        We're usually there at breakfast time and I would guess they sell out with the early crowd. I haven't had any lately but certainly as of last summer/fall, they used to bring in croissants, pain au chocolat and almond croissants from Jules on a regular basis. Rosa also sometimes brings in these cheese buns from some Italian bakery that are also amazing.

                        1. re: peppermint pate

                          I'd also go for Jules, but if you enjoy a real generous dollop of the almond paste, it'd be Amadeus in Thornhill.

                          1. re: Chester Eleganté

                            Amadeus sells good stuff. They are not the friendliest people in this part of the city, but who cares, as long as their fare is good? And it is good.

                            1. re: lamaranthe

                              It is, though I'll temporarily withhold the croissant rec, as recently it has been overbaked, and the filling reduced.

                2. I think that the croissants at Wanda's Pie in the Sky in Kensington are my favourite. The almond is of the cut in half, filled with almond stuff, closed, covered with additional almond stuff, and re-baked variety which sometimes turns out way too hard and always feels a bit like a cop out, but the underlying croissant is so fabulous, and the almond coating so generous that the whole thing really works, especially for greedy people because it is usually huge.

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