Golden. Buttery. Flaky on the outside and decadently doughy on the inside. Is there anything more glorious than a properly made croissant? Whether you like yours smeared with jam or Nutella, drizzled with chocolate, or fresh from the oven and steaming, you’ll find your perfect crescent-shaped pastry right here in South Florida — you just have to know where to look. Don’t worry, though; we’ve done the research for you. Here’s where to find the best croissants in Miami in anticipation of National Croissant Day on January 30th.
Belgium native Patrick Feyten opened Atelier Monier with a vision to offer Miami fresh artisanal pastries made from the finest ingredients. Today, Feyten operates three locations — one in Brickell, one in South Beach, and one in Pinecrest — which offer fine French and Italian wines, delicious sandwiches and salads, and a dizzying assortment of cakes, tarts, and pastries. If you only have time to try one thing, though, order a croissant. Atelier Monier offers a varied selection that includes plain, chocolate, almond, and a blend of both. 848 Brickell Avenue Ste. #120, Miami (Brickell), 1300 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, and 9563 S Dixie Highway, Pinecrest; www.ateliermonnier.com.
Now coming up on its second birthday, the first French vegan bakery in the U.S. draws visitors from all over Miami with its cruelty-free muffins, quiches, cakes, and French viennoiseries — all made fresh daily by Chef Carolina Molea. You’ll find seven flaky of flaky vegan croissant here (including red velvet, apple pie, and cookies and cream), plus a slew of croissant sandwiches prepared with grilled cheese, creme Anglais and berries compote, wild mushrooms and black truffle foam, creamy avocado, and more. 7423 Collins Avenue Miami Beach; www.lartisanebakery.com.
You won’t find a website for this cozy little gem in Brickell, but take our word for it and stop by some time. It’s decorated to feel like a living room, with dark wooden shelves filled with books and knick-knacks, a comfy couch with brightly colored pillows, and plenty of nooks to kick back and relax as you sip your coffee. Le Marche also offers some of the city’s most delicious croissants. We like them sliced in half and heaped with ham, egg, and cheese. 1700 SW 2nd Avenue, Miami; 786-655-7200.
Here’s another must-try for Brickellites — B Bistro + Bakery on Brickell Avenue looks more like the kind of spot you’d bring a date you want to impress than your traditional neighborhood bakery. The interior is sleek and sophisticated, with high ceilings and hanging lamps that fill the space with a warm golden glow. But the croissants here are just as good as any you’d find in a quaint Parisian cafe. Famous here is the Cruffin, a croissant-muffin hybrid that varies in flavor from season to season. There’s also the fan-favorite Nutella croissant, and a charcoal croissant for those looking to step outside the pastry box. If you live in the South Maria area, you can also satisfy their croissant cravings at B Bistro + Bakery’s Coral Gables location inside The Collection. 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami and 200 Bird Road, Coral Gables; www.bbistromiami.com.
This locally-loved mainstay has been around for more than a decade, and in Miami, that says something. With boutiques in Coral Gables, Aventura, Pinecrest, Key Biscayne, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton, La Boulangerie Boul’Mich specializes in classic French viennoiseries and unique options inspired by the local culture — like guava and cheese croissants and dulce de leche croissants that are to die for. Multiple locations; www.laboulangerieusa.com.
For those of us in the know, Ironside Miami is one of the city’s best-kept hidden gems. The mixed-use space, overrun by greenery and a creative atmosphere, is come to the delicious, authentic Italian eatery: Ironside Pizza. But we’re here to talk about croissants. The neighboring cafe was recently transformed into a fully operational bakery slinging fresh breads and pastries daily. The charcoal almond croissants is hands down one of our favorite baked goods in the entire city. If you want an intimate experience, this is the way to enjoy it. 7610 NE 4th CT. www.miamiironside.com.
Ah, the croissant that started it all. In the charming MiMo neighborhood, you’ll find plenty of quaint local businesses that have stolen the heart of locals both near and far. Flavorish is one such place. The welcoming atmosphere of a neighborhood cafe and gourmet market is just the starting point of your newest love affair with delicious eats. They bake nearly 1,000 croissants a day out of their on-site bakery, delivering them to popular spots around town. The croissants in-store however? Those go flying within hours. We suggest the ham and cheese croissant and to get there early to try it. 7283 Biscayne Blvd.
Cover Photo by: Eater Miami.
Amanda Mesa has covered Miami’s restaurant and bar scene for more than five years. She loves to write about her four biggest passions: cocktails, food, music and travel. When she isn’t penning pieces for publications like Culture Crusaders, Indulge Magazine and Miami.com, she’s usually planning her next trip. Ask her where to find a great meal or cocktail anywhere in the world, and she’ll point you in the right direction.