The humble croissant can be many things; a tasty breakfast, an accompaniment to a coffee, or the basis of a satisfying lunch. In a cosmopolitan city like Sydney, you know you’re never going to be far away from a delicious croissant whenever you feel like one.
The problem is, where do you find the best croissant shops in Sydney? After all, there’s so much choice out there.
Whether you’re a local looking for a new place to try, or just visiting and wanting to experience the best of the city, there’s a multitude of places offering delicious flaky pastry treats.
How can you decide where to go for your croissant fix?
This is where this guide comes in.
We’re going to take a look at the 15 best croissant shops in Sydney. We’ll talk about why they’re the best and what they have to offer, so that you don’t have to waste your precious pastry time looking for the most satisfying treat available.
Let us do the work so all you have to do is enjoy your delicious croissant.
Location: 47 Argyle St, The Rocks, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9241 4878
Let’s kick things off with a Sydney institution. La Renaissance is a highly acclaimed patisserie, very much in the French tradition.
They were the first patisserie in the Southern Hemisphere to be awarded membership to the coveted Relais Desserts under head chef and co-owner Jean Michel Raynaud. What is the Relais Desserts? Well, it’s a club of the 100 best French pastry chefs in the world – so this is quite an accolade.
Not surprisingly, their dedication to the craft of patisserie has won them a legion of adoring customers.
La Renaissance serves a range of croissants, from incredible buttery plain croissants to indulgent lunch croissants filled with ham and cheese, baked in a bechamel sauce.
If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, they’ve got a whole range of other amazing patisserie to try out as well as their award-winning croissants.
If you’re looking for patisserie in Sydney, you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to try La Renaissance.
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Location: 633 Bourke St, Surry Hills, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9699 1011 See Website For Further Locations
Bourke Street Bakery’s croissants are legendary – almost mystical agglomerations of butter and flour that customers have been rhapsodising about for years.
Established in 2004, Bourke Street Bakery is a favourite of Sydney residents who prize top quality pastry.
It’s all about hand-crafted pastries and breads at Bourke Street Bakery. These days, thanks to their success, they have 11 locations across Sydney so you’re never far from a top-notch croissant.
Check out their original Surry Hills shop if you want to get the original Bourke Street experience.
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Location: 117 Macleay St, Potts Point, NSW 2011 Ph: (02) 9358 6014
Just around the corner from the Royal Botanic Gardens is a Kings Cross croissant haven.
Croissant D’Or, as the name suggests, serves up some mighty fine pastries and other baked goods. Their Almond Croissants, in particular, are excellent.
Croissant D’Or has been a Kings Cross staple since the 1960s, and the quality of their awesome baked goods is the reason why.
Times and fashions may change, but Croissant D’Or remains a constantly great place to get a flaky pastry treat in the Cross.
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Location: 19 Rialto Ln, Manly, NSW 2095
If you’re up in Manly with a croissant craving, you should do yourself a favor and visit Rollers.
Just off the beach, this is a sunny bakehouse that has a great way with a croissant. They come plain, filled, topped with almonds, sweet or savoury; the choice is absolutely yours.
Rollers is a labour of love for its owners, who care deeply about the croissants and coffee they serve. Everything about it, from the decor to the baked goods, displays their intense love for their craft.
Only open until 3PM, and 2PM on Sundays, everything at Rollers is made and baked fresh on the day and when it’s gone, it’s gone!
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Location: 206 Cleveland St, Chippendale, NSW 2008 Ph: (02) 9698 7880 & 2 Sydney St, Marrickville, NSW 2204 Ph: (02) 9698 7880
Brickfields Bakery is another worthy entry in our look at the best croissant shops in Sydney.
In fact, this is a great spot for both delicious croissants and other cafe treats.
A well-established operation who also do wholesale for other local venues, their products are made to an exceedingly high standard and taste phenomenal.
If you can’t get out to their locations in Chippendale or Marrickville, don’t despair.
Brickfields are also a local food market staple, popping up in a huge variety of spots around Sydney. If you’re after a Brickfields croissant, you don’t have to go far to find one.
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Location: 485A Darling St, Balmain, NSW 2041 Ph: (02) 9572 8550
Penny Fours is a wonderful local bakery in the traditionally Italian Sydney suburb of Leichhardt. Serving up a huge range of baked goods from sourdough to seasonal pies, their croissants are a real high point.
Some of their specials at Penny Fours are really quite incredible. For example, their Christmas croissant, The Grinch, is filled with chocolate custard and topped with crushed pistachios.
Whenever you visit this bakery, you’ll be greeted with some form of delicious treat.
Editor’s Note: Sadly, we’ve heard that Penny Fours has closed.
Location: 52 Riley St, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011 Ph: (02) 8068 8818
Under the leadership of Nadine Ingram, who trained at Michelin-starred restaurants in London such as Le Gavroche before returning to Australia to set up her own bakery, Flour and Stone has become a real shining star in Sydney’s city centre scene. So of course, we have to include it in our rundown of the best croissant shops in Sydney.
Their cakes get a huge amount of praise – all of it totally justified. However, the croissant has always been a perfect way to test a pastry chef’s abilities and the croissants at Flour and Stone are testament to just how good this team is.
They’re phenomenal and well worth looking past the cakes for. What more can we say?
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Location: 247 Botany Rd, Alexandria, NSW 2015 Ph: (02) 9699 6156
Another Michelin-trained chef, another jewel in Sydney’s pastry crown, Textbook Patisserie is a palace of wonders if you’re a fan of pastries.
Beautiful flaky rolls of dough abound, with an embarrassing richness of variations for every palate. These are some of the best croissants you will find in Sydney, without a doubt.
Located in Alexandria, just a short distance from the central business district of Sydney, Textbook Patisserie is a haven from the city centre’s hustle and bustle. And the trip is 100% worth the reward.
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Editor’s Note: We have heard that Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie has closed. We will let you know when we know more.
Location: 719 Darling St, Rozelle, NSW 2039 Ph: (02) 9818 8449
Rozelle, a short distance to the west of central Sydney, hides a real diamond of a pastry shop in its suburban folds. Labancz was established in 2012 by Pierre Labancz, a French pastry chef whose mission is to bring traditionally baked French pastries and breads to Sydney.
If there’s one thing you can say about Labancz, it is mission accomplished! Everything that leaves the oven here is delicious, and taps straight into the classical French pastry tradition.
There are fewer modern twists on the croissants that Pierre Labancz produces than you might find elsewhere. That said, for a straight-up French classic you can’t go wrong with Labancz.
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Location: Shop 1/16 Hudson St, Lewisham, NSW 2049 Ph: 0432 914 830
Croissants are a Thing at Moulin Cafe. They come in so many varieties and all of them are impeccable, ticking every box on a croissant-lover’s checklist.
If you want your croissant stuffed with pistachios, topped with almonds, or just buttery and flaky, come on down and give your taste buds a treat.
Very much a local favourite in the suburb of Lewisham, and a little off the beaten track as a result, you’ll find it’s very much worth the journey for flaky pastry satisfaction.
Make the trip and try a treat form one of the best croissant shops in Sydney.
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Location: Shop 5/492-500 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 8018 7370
There’s a lot of cafes in Sydney. Not only that, but there are a lot of very good cafes in Sydney.
For Meet Mica to have been named in the Good Food Guide’s top 20 for two years running is quite the achievement, and that quality sings through in everything they do.
Not content with simply serving gorgeous croissants as they are, Meet Mica takes things up a notch. Treat yourself to an absolutely unique treat in the form of their crab and egg, which is even more luxurious than it sounds on paper.
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Location: 101 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 / Tel: (02) 9361 5643
A brisk walk from the CBD will bring you to Swiss Bakerz, one of Sydney’s finest pastry bakehouses and an Oxford Street favourite since 2006.
Whilst France is the spiritual home of the croissant, you can make a claim that Switzerland is the vacation or holiday home, with a rich tradition of pastry all of its own.
Swiss Bakerz was launched to bring some authentic Swiss baking culture to Sydney, and it delivers in spades. You’ll find a fabulous range of delicious pastries, sweet treats and artisan bread. There’s a catering service too for at home or in-office events.
If you’re looking for a taste of the Alps, do yourself a favour and order a chocolate Swiss Roll and almond croissant from Swiss Bakerz. Wonderful.
No wonder this place makes our rundown of the top croissant shops in Sydney.
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Editor’s Note: Swiss Bakerz in Darlinghurst has been reported as permanently closed.
Location: 91 Bondi Rd, Bondi, NSW 2026 Ph: (02) 8403 4014
Francois Galand has patisserie in his blood. He grew up playing in his grandfather’s pastry shop in Honfleur, France, and from there has become one of Australia’s finest pastry chefs.
Having been at the helm of a string of successful patisseries over his 30-year career, Francois Artisan Baker represents the pinnacle of one chef’s journey to pastry heaven.
As you would expect with a story like this, the pastries at Francois Artisan Baker are absolutely divine.
Come and enjoy a rich, delicious croissant with a coffee, and maybe leave with something from the range of beautiful French classics to enjoy later.
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Location: 356 S Dowling St, Paddington, NSW 2021 Ph: (02) 9357 4448
Sourdough is a bakery trend that is not going away any time soon. And for good reason.
That wonderful, flavour-packed, robust dough can be the base for almost anything. Well, at Organic Bread Bar it underpins their incredible croissants, giving them a delicious crunch and unique flavour.
With a focus on organic products, as you would expect from the name, Organic Bread Bar is as close to a healthy choice as you can get in the world of pastry.
However, there’s no need to don your hessian sack; there’s nothing about the pastries from Organic Bread Bar that is anything other than delicious and treat-worthy.
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Location: 85 Edinburgh Rd, Castlecrag, NSW 2068 Ph: (02) 9967 2882
Lastly, on our guide to the best croissant shops in Sydney, we have Gananche Patisserie Francaise.
As Ganache’s own website puts it, food is a hugely important part of both French and Australian culture.
That’s what makes the blend of French food traditions and Australian cafe culture so unique and attractive, and Ganache is a perfect example of this.
Serving up excellent examples of traditional French pastry under the supervision of master patissiere Dider Sockeel, Ganache brings the taste of France right to Sydney’s lower North Shore.
Absolute masters of the craft of Viennoiserie, the team at Ganache will brighten your day with a phenomenal croissant.
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Location: 60 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Now we hate to get ahead of ourselves, and we know that this bakery has yet to open, but…. Lune Croissants! In Sydney!
Yep, FINALLY, the croissants touted as the best in the world, nevermind Australia, as destined to make their debut in Sydney.
Soon the lucky people of Darlinghurst and beyond will be able to try for themselves the fabulous butter croissants that take 3 days to make. And then there’s all the other goodies. From flaky Pain au Chocolat to the Lemon Curd Cruffin. From the hedgehog-like Almond, to whatever the Monthly Specials happen to be at the time of opening.
Seriously, having sampled Kate Reid’s stunning bakes in Melbourne, we’re confident that once Lune opens, it’ll be one of the finest croissant shops in Sydney.
We’ll let you know on the opening date as soon as it’s confirmed.
If you’re looking for a croissant in Sydney, you are absolutely spoiled for choice.
There’s no shortage of incredible patisserie available in the city, and if you are inclined to, you could eat a different delicious croissant every day. Everywhere on our list will give you, croissant connoisseur, a flaky delight, so take your pick and enjoy.
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