Celebrated on January 30, International Croissant Day gives everyone an excuse to enjoy this buttery and flaky crescent-shaped pastry. It can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and can be slathered with everything from butter to cream cheese. While most of us know it as a French specialty, the croissant actually first originated in Austria under the name “kipferls”. Marie Antoinette first introduced the Austrian pastry to France when she married into the royal family and requested a simple cake in the crescent shape of her homeland. The French bakers created fancier versions of “kipferls” and thus, the croissant was born. While finding reasons to take one bite of this pastry, we have collated a list of some of the best cafes and bakeries in Delhi NCR for you to go and indulge yourself with the best croissants in the city.
This unparalleled French bakery prepares everything to perfection. One of the best spots to head to for wholesome brunches or hearty meals any time of the day, Paul and everything it has to offer will have you by surprise. Their classic croissant paired with a hot cup of coffee makes for the perfect brekkie combo. Besides the classic croissant, this indulgent creation is also available in almond variation at Paul that comes with an almond paste filling and is as decadent as it sounds. They’re also generously sized, which makes them the perfect option for when the midnight cravings kick in.
Must-haves: Masala Egg Bhurji, Spiced Chicken in Brioche, Paul Iced Chocolate, Waffles and Paul Chicken Salad
Cost for two: ₹ 1500
The name says it all. The Artful Baker is one of the best bakeries in town! Preparing and delivering some of the finest delectables all over Delhi, you know you’re in for a treat at this eatery. Amongst the plethora of baked goodies offered, this bakery also offers a variety of croissants to choose from but our favorite is the Truffle Infused Mushroom Croissant. Make sure to try this beaut when visiting.
Must-haves: Almond Croissant, Pain Au Chocolat and Tomato-Cheese Croissant
Cost for two: ₹ 800
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Theos is a premium Patisserie & Chocolaterie, Café & Lounge, serving you a mesmerizing and unforgettable dining experience. The Greek word "Theos" literally means 'Food for the Gods'. Therefore, at Theos whatever they prepare is with a lot of love, care and most importantly straight from the heart. You can get your hands on cakes, pastries, tea cakes, pies, tarts, muffins, brownies, doughnuts, macaroons, cupcakes, and cookies that are available in an assortment of flavors and also indulge in the savory offerings too. Soft yet crunchy, their croissants ooze chocolate in every bite and are aptly referred to as Croissant Nutella Ferrero. It's worth all the extra hours of home workouts.
Must-haves: Honey Bee Tart, Salad, Crumb Fried Fish Burger
Cost for two: ₹ 800
Blue Tokai, known for its special coffee blends, also has delectable croissants and other freshly baked goodies to offer. With almost 10 varieties of croissants to decide from, this is absolutely a haven for croissant lovers. Their Mushroom Cream Cheese Croisstata is so unique, with just the right amount of mushroom and cream cheese filling, the flaky savory layers ensure a burst of flavors in every bite.
Must-haves: Energy Balls, Carrot Cake and Vegan Waffle.
Cost for two: ₹ 900
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A patisserie and boulangerie concept that revisits traditional French classics, giving them a contemporary twist to craft delicious modern creations. If you are craving fresh bread, buns, cheesecakes, and a list of other delicious treats, this is the place for you. Their extensive menu has almost 10 options of sweet and savory croissants to choose from. Their flaky buttery and oh so delicious Sausage Croissants are baked fresh every morning to make sure every bite is a revelation you just can’t get enough of!
Must-haves: Three Cheese and Jalapeno Croissants, Eclairs, Avocado on Toast, French Hearts and Mushroom Puffs
Cost for two: ₹ 600
Being India's first pie shop & café, Petite Pie Shop is dedicated to serving you the best savory & sweet pies including Pizzas, tarts, quiches and breads. Its unpretentious food and elegant ambiance are sure to delight you. Pistachio-colored walls, harlequin tiled flooring, mahogany furniture, vintage lamps and an expansive French-inspired menu will work wonders to lure you into this cozy bistro. As the name suggests, they serve some of the best pies in the city but their Smoked Salmon Sour Cream Croissant sandwich with Smoked Salmon Fillet Slices, Baby Pickled Onion, Lettuce and Cream Cheese Mousse filling is to die for.
Must-haves: Warm Apple Pie, Jalapeno and Cheese Quiche, Shepherd’s Pie, Mac n Cheese Pie, Chocolate and Orange Pie
Cost for two: ₹ 1200
This modern patisserie and café serves some delectable continental and fast food delicacies. If you are ever in pursuit of good coffee, then this is the place to be, as they offer an array of experimental coffees that are artistically made and taste exceptionally good. Your visit cannot be completed without trying their mouthwatering Tiramisu Croissant - A butter croissant soaked with their in-house Bailey's and layered with a rich coffee mousseline, finished with toasted hazelnuts & vanilla feuilletine. Also, a great place for health nuts as they serve a variety of vegan and gluten-free options as well.
Must-haves: Banana, Oats & Jaggery Mini Cake, Blackberry, Hibiscus & Citrus Baked Cheesecake, The Almond Box, Za’atar Bagel.
Cost for two: ₹ 1100
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