Miami's Top Five Croissants

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Paul's croissants stack up.
If you want the finest croissants outside of Paris, head to Patisserie Claude. Claude retired some years ago, but he passed on the recipe and it's as good as ever. The shop is located on West Fourth Street in New York City, but it's worth the airfare -- especially if you bring back enough croissants to stuff your freezer.

Otherwise, we have some worthy specimens closer to home. Here are five places to find crisp-on-the-outside, buttery-on-the-inside croissants.

5. Paul Bakery Café
Yes, we know it's a chain -- no need to raise your voice. Thing is, the Paul folks have been baking croissants since the first branch opened in Lille, France, in 1889. Paul uses the same basic ingredients as anyone else, but I guess a century or so of tinkering with the recipe helps one achieve a nice crisp crust ($2.45). We frequent the Lincoln Road venue, but there's also one at 14861 Biscayne Blvd.

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The spread at La Provence.
4. La Provence French Bakery and Café
Another chain, another story. This one involves David Thau, a native of Aix-en-Provence, who in 1995 visited South Beach and noticed there were no quality croissants (actually, it was quality bread he noticed lacking, but we're tweaking things a bit for the sake of narrative flow). So David went back to Provence, trained at bakeries for two years, and returned to open La Provence French Bakery and Café in South Beach. There are nine shops in and around Miami now, so one could be excused for thinking perhaps something gets lost in the mass production of croissants -- but like at Paul, they've simply gotten the process down pat ($2.31). It won our Best Croissant in 2005.

Location Info

La Brioche Doree

4017 Prairie Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Buena Vista Deli

4590 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Le Royal French Bakery

7370 Red Road, South Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

La Provence French Bakery

1629 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Paul Bakery Café - CLOSED

14861 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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11 comments
Miriam Haskell
Miriam Haskell

Hey, Short Order, this regular reader would like to see you update your posts before reporting. Your number one spot here has been closed for ages, and you've missed an awesome addition -- True Loaf.

chefalbertocabrera
chefalbertocabrera

Delices de France should be at the top of this list. You guys have to leave North Miami every once in a while. :)

Guest
Guest

What about L Atelier Mornier in Kendall

guest
guest

lol! that security lady is so hysterical in that shopping center (of le royal french bakery). ive often wondered if she is actually paid. i think theres a 50% chance she is delusional and just hangs out there.

Riselda
Riselda

Delices de France has amazing croissants.

Skinny Mike
Skinny Mike

 Totally skipped Delices de Frances on 144 and US1. BOO!

Bbc
Bbc

Paul? Really? Shouldn't be in this list.

momo
momo

Missed Delicias de Frances

Lee
Lee

Great. Now I only need two more.

Lee
Lee

OK, here's the story: Delices de France and Solo Patisserie at the Fontainebleau are both more deserving than Paul Bakery and La Provence, but I'm saving them for my next list, "Top 5 Croissants That Should Have Made Our Original Top 5 Croissant List." 

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