Almond Croissants are underrated to say the least. Although a staple of most bakeries/patisseries, they are never given as much credit as their more prominent cousin; the original croissant. Alas, they have the potential to blend the crispyness and buttery goodness of a croissant with the doughy, sweetness of a cake. Needless to say, it’s time we had a list to celebrate these perfect creations and pay our respects to those who do them the well.
These are the best almond croissants in Sydney.
1 – La Renaissance $5/$6.50 (takeaway/eat in) The Rocks
Apparently they sell over 1000 of these weekly making it a clear specialty and they are pretty good. One of the more buttery tasting almond croissants I’ve had, the outside is slightly crunchy with a multitude of almonds and icing sugar scattered over. This houses a delicious cakey core that still resembles a traditional croissant. Let’s just ignore the horrendous $1.50 eat in charge.
This charming bakery/cafe lies within close proximity of the city but channels the relaxed energy of the suburbs. It sits a few minutes walk from the Central Park shopping centre on Cleveland street.
Depending on which side you approach from, you may see the shop front and seating area first- which had that rustic-cool feel typical of the inner west- or you may see the big open kitchen which allows to view the bakers at work.
There are some light meals that can be ordered here, but the baked goods seems to be the main draw card. Aside from their well-known sourdough loaves, Brickfields also do a small range of treats like croissants, brownies, tarts and quiches.
The croissants have a perfectly crisp and flakey shell with delicious layers of buttery goodness; but to my disappointment, there were no almond croissants. I also tried the custard tart which had a nice flakey case and a delicious blend of spices to accompany the egg custard- great for those who want something sweet, but not sickly sweet.
Brickfields also roast their own coffee, which ends up being very smooth and creamy. There are bags of beans for sale, which I was tempted by, but left without.
Brickfields does miss one key factor though. Yes, it’s a nice place to catch up with friends and relax. Yes, the food is good and and tasty. Yes, the prices are okay. But they have no real draw cards which would get me to go too much out of my way to get back there. The range is fairly standard and the quality is good but on par with many other similar places scattered around the city. I’d say it’s great if you’re in the area but not worth travelling too far for.
Regular coffee: $3.50
Sourdough Loaves: $6-6.50
206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale
Some images from Brickfield’s Facebook
The decor, music, coffee machine’s and even the staff’s clothing all support a classic fifties bar theme. Kingswood does this quite well, making it stand out easily. The lack of dedicated seating, however, means that you can only really enjoy the atmosphere while you order and wait.
The coffee itself, brewed from Sensory Lab beans, is good, not amazing. But like most of the coffee shops down this end of town, is opts for $3.50 price tag. Better coffee can be found around the cbd for $3.
Kingswood focuses mainly on coffee; iced and filter, etc are also available, but other than that, a small selection of pastries are available for $4.50 each, including some oddly-shaped croissants that have outer layers so crispy and flakey that they are rather reminiscent of a French Madeline.
World Square, 680 George Street Sydney
Pictures from Kingswood’s Facebook.
Luxe Bakery is dubbed as one of the top bakeries in Sydney, and rightfully so. Whilst it sits only a short walk from the queue-attracting Black Star, it pulls a well-deserved crowd of its own.
The bakery itself is a cute converted cottage with a decent area for seating. Aside from serving sourdoughs, pastries and cakes there’s also a decent menu for breakfast and brunch.
The bread is all cooked on-site with a crisp crust and doughy texture. It’s fairly pricey to buy though. The pastries are a highlight. The almond croissants have a perfectly crunchy outer layer with tasty almond filling. The range of cakes looked impressive but I didn’t taste any. The coffee is okay, but not very strong.
191 Missenden Road, Newtown
Le Pain Quotidien is a French bakery/eatery chain and, depending on which you go to, can get very mixed reviews. The Rocks location (one of the better Sydney outlets) doesn’t feel like a chain store; it’s in a quaint old building with several rooms, all boasting a homely feel with an abundance of antique-style pine furniture. The cabinets displaying pastries and bread are scattered and, on weekday mornings at least, it’s quiet. It makes a pretty good setting for peaceful breakfast.
The coffee is served out of a small bowl rather than a mug, which is novel and easier to manoeuvre than it may sound. It’s rich, smooth and definitely not burnt.
All in all, I highly recommend it here.
Chouquette is a tribute to the traditional art of baking in France. Each pastry is perfectly buttery and flakey, just as you’d expect to get from a Parisian patisserie. The prices might seem a little expensive given the size of the cakes, but once you’ve tasted them you’ll find that the quality is more than worth it.
Croissants (Chouquette’s speciality) are served with jam, chocolate or caramel and can be plain, chocolate or almond. You’ll also find fruit tarts, Danishes and macarons in the cabinet as well as baguettes and other breads behind the counter that even your French friends will pine over.
I had a peach tart and coffee and, whilst the coffee was unreasonably priced given it’s quality ($4.50 for nothing special), the tart was worth every penny. The flakey pastry paired impeccably with the sweet peach topping. The queues are long and the place gets busy, but you won’t be let down.
19 Baker Street, Newfarm
Images taken from the Chouquette website.