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ISO The Best Croissants in the Philadelphia Area

asmith Oct 23, 2011 12:14 PM

Here is where I"ve been:
o Art of Bread
o Metropolitan
o Le Bus
o Baker Street

Here is where I need to go:
o Alice's Bakery
o Bakers on Broad
o Le Petit Mitron
o La Maison du Cheese
o Artisan Boulanger Patissier
o Cafe L'aube
o Paris Baguette

Anyone have anything add? Who has your favorite croissants?


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    Unkle Al Oct 31, 2011 07:47 AM

    I have not been to many of the above noted recommendations. But, yesterday, because of the power outage, I decided to have a breakfast of coffee and a croissant at Alice’s Bakery in North Wales. I have been a big fan of their baguettes since the bakery opened.

    It was a good move. The shell was very, very crispy and the pastry somewhat shattered as I ate. The inside was light and airy with a buttery taste. It was really delicious

    Could there be a better croissant? Maybe as good but I don't think a better one.

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    1. re: Unkle Al
      pbplus Mar 13, 2012 05:56 PM

      I was at Alice today for the first time. I went for the sticky buns, but I fell in love with the pain au chocolat. His croissant dough may be the best I've had in the US.

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      rachel b Oct 25, 2011 12:07 PM

      Four Worlds Bakery in West Philly makes wonderful croissants (and exceptional bagels and challah as well)

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      1. re: rachel b
        asmith Oct 27, 2011 09:30 AM

        Thanks so much for all your great ideas. Cook262, Aux Petits Delices is an important entry I overlooked. Loved the Four Worlds Bakery suggestion; hadn't thought of them for pastry. Le Bec Fin's bakery is called Art of Bread, and I have sampled their croissants. Will try to track down Lacroix and Java's offerings. Thanks again! Will let you know who I think has the best croissants when I've done my research.

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        Beulah Oct 25, 2011 08:51 AM

        We once got great croissants at the market/food court in the Comcast Center -- I think they were made by Le Bec Fin!

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          Boognish Oct 24, 2011 08:55 AM

          You can also try The Restaurant School at 42nd and Walnut. If you go before 9am, they usually have a decent selection. It can be hit or miss, but when they hit, they're fantastic.

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            Bigley9 Oct 24, 2011 07:33 AM

            I love Artisan Boulanger - my favorite for sure - but whoever Philadelphia Java (2nd and Christian) gets their croissants from is very good and I love the savory/spice flavors!

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              lawgirl3278 Oct 24, 2011 06:20 AM

              I really like the chocolate almond ones at Artisan Boulanger Patissier. Their croissant breakfast sandwiches are a great hangover cure as well :)

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                waking1 Oct 23, 2011 08:11 PM

                Strawberry Bakery in Frazer makes a fine version.

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                1. re: waking1
                  DaisyM Oct 24, 2011 04:16 AM

                  So far, who has your favorite croissant? Also, does Parc serve croissants?

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                  lowereastrittenhouse Oct 23, 2011 05:35 PM

                  I love the pastries on sale at La Colombe. I have heard that they get them from LaCroix, but I don't have any confirmation of that.

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                  1. re: lowereastrittenhouse
                    asmith Oct 24, 2011 02:44 PM

                    As in the restaurant Lacroix at the Rittenhouse?

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                      lowereastrittenhouse Oct 24, 2011 03:27 PM

                      Yes. Again, I'm going on hearsay, but the croissants and danishes are pretty amazing. A step above Metropolitan, even.

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                    cook262 Oct 23, 2011 03:53 PM

                    what about Aux Petits Delices in Wayne? It's been years since I've had one so I'd defer to a local whose been there recently but it's certainly easy to get to from the wayne train station if you don't want to drive out to the 'burbs and my recollection was they were pretty good.

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                      cwdonald Oct 23, 2011 12:44 PM

                      For the Maison du Cheese, if you are referring to the one in Doylestown, that has closed. The baker for Maison is doing work for Andre's Wine and Cheeseshop in Doylestown.

                      I would add another bakery up this way. On North Main street in Doylestown, Crossroads Bakery makes a good croissant, (and a good brioche on Fridays... ).There is a connection between Bakers on Broad and Crossroads. Story is the baker there used to work at Crossroads and went and opened his own shop. Some claim he is better than Crossroads now.

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