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The 18 Flakiest, Most Buttery Croissants in Los Angeles

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Is there a more telling sign of a great bakery than a perfect croissant? The iconic viennoiserie is no easy feat to produce — it takes the deft hand of a skilled baker to laminate the dough with enough finesse and, well, butter, to wind up with the impossibly flaky dough.

Stuffed with ham and gruyère, decadent chocolate, or left plain, there is no better way to start your day then with the French pastry. Bakeries around Los Angeles are satisfying the demand for the beloved treat with exceptional takes on the classic. There are the traditionalists like Bouchon and Bread Lounge that let the buttery pastries speak for themselves. But there are also the new wave of croissant bakers, stuffing the puff pastry-style dough with things like baklava filling or creating the hybrid croissant-muffin concoction, the Instagram-hyped cruffin.

No matter what you're looking for, we got the croissant for you. Here now, the 18 best croissants in Los Angeles, presented in alphabetical order.

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Amandine Patisserie Cafe

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Tucking into a sidewalk table at Amandine on Wilshire in West LA is practically a right of passage for anyone looking to feast on French pastries in Los Angeles. Their menu section dedicated to croissants is a particular highlight, with options for plain, chocolate, almond, and a decadent strawberry Nutella.

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Bottega Louie

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French pastry fans and high-minded tourists continue to flock to gorgeous Downtown temple Bottega Louie for their macarons and other favorites, but don’t sleep on the big, bustling restaurant’s strong flaky croissant.

Bouchon Bakery

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Thomas Keller's going to make sure that his bakery produces tip-top croissants, and this tiny Beverly Hills outlet is no exception. The best ones here might be the chocolate croissants, which sport a rich chocolate filling that would serve as a hefty dessert on its own.

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Bread Lounge

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You know the name from their prodigious wholesale following at coffee shops across the city, but Bread Lounge also operates a strong Arts District cafe space themselves, filled with those same delicate croissants you’ve been enjoying all over the city.

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Chaumont Café and Bakery

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A prime local favorite, Chaumont Bakery works in the French pastry tradition while offering a bright, beautiful Beverly Hills space. The flaky croissants are always top sellers, and for very good reason.

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Euro Pane Bakery

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You're going to want to get to Euro Pane early if you hope to snag one of the Pasadena bakery's croissants that are rolled in cinnamon sugar to make them a little extra decadent.

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Farmshop

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This beloved restaurant and bakery operation is the go-to for Brentwood locals to get their morning pastry fix.

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It seems Gjusta can do no wrong, with just about everything coming out of the pastry case being wildly delicious. The baklava croissant is no different, and makes you wonder why the brilliant mash up isn't more prolific around town.

Josef Centeno has developed his own style of croissants, which adhere to the incredibly buttery and flakey variety. The only qualm might be that they're almost too rich, but that's splitting hairs. If they're available, try the croissant cinnamon bun mashup, encrusted with sugar.

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Love Birds Cafe & Bakery

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Longtime Pasadena favorite Lovebirds is known for their all-day breakfast vibes, delicate lunchtime sandwiches, and stellar croissants. Stop in for a selection of straight-up croissants, or the even more popular breakfast sandwich options.

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Milo and Olive

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The pastry case at Milo & Olive is truly a sight to be seen. With a veritable crew of talented bakers laminating croissant and kouign amann dough daily, its no wonder these flaky pastries sell so quickly.

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Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

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Though they don't tend to have as long a shelf life, Mr. Holmes excels with some of their savory and sweet croissant creations, such as the strawberry jalapeno bearclaw or the ham & cheese croissant, stuffed with an addictive blend of smoky ham and sharp cheese. Oh, and if you want that famous cruffin (croissant muffin), you'll have to get there shortly after 9 a.m. as they sell out virtually every day.

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Pitchoun

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This family-owned bakery offers baked goods made in the traditional French style. Co-owner Frederic Soulies dips his daily wares in housemade syrup, fills them with almond paste, and tops it off with almond slivers for the nutty croissant of your dreams.

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Proof Bakery

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Possibly the single best croissant in Los Angeles, pastry chef and owner Na Young Ma is a perfectionist when it comes to sheet pastry. The best part of her croissant? The incredibly flaky texture that stays that way until the end of the day, plus the buttery finish.

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République

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Margarita Manzke turns every pastry she touches into gold, a fact made abundantly clear with Republique’s irrepressible croissants. There’s a reason half the city lines up on weekends for a taste of her handiwork.

Röckenwagner Bakery

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Ask many of your favorite restaurants where they get their bread, and chances are high that they say Rockenwager. It's no wonder, as this European-style wholesale and retail operation with an outlet right on Abbot Kinney has exceptionally flaky croissants in sweet and savory varieties.

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Superba Food + Bread

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With pastry star Carlos Enriquez now firmly entrenched in the bread and pastry world at Superba, the finished product has been better than ever. They’re even increasing their strong wholesale side, which means you can get Enriquez’s fantastic croissants at several Westside locations and more than a few coffee shops in the city.

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Sweet Butter Kitchen

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Sherman Oaks star Sweet Butter Kitchen is as charming as they come, with leveling ceilings and an almond croissant that is the absolute star of the Valley.

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Amandine Patisserie Cafe

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Tucking into a sidewalk table at Amandine on Wilshire in West LA is practically a right of passage for anyone looking to feast on French pastries in Los Angeles. Their menu section dedicated to croissants is a particular highlight, with options for plain, chocolate, almond, and a decadent strawberry Nutella.

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Bottega Louie

French pastry fans and high-minded tourists continue to flock to gorgeous Downtown temple Bottega Louie for their macarons and other favorites, but don’t sleep on the big, bustling restaurant’s strong flaky croissant.

Bouchon Bakery

Bouchon Bakery

Thomas Keller's going to make sure that his bakery produces tip-top croissants, and this tiny Beverly Hills outlet is no exception. The best ones here might be the chocolate croissants, which sport a rich chocolate filling that would serve as a hefty dessert on its own.

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Bread Lounge

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You know the name from their prodigious wholesale following at coffee shops across the city, but Bread Lounge also operates a strong Arts District cafe space themselves, filled with those same delicate croissants you’ve been enjoying all over the city.

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Chaumont Café and Bakery

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A prime local favorite, Chaumont Bakery works in the French pastry tradition while offering a bright, beautiful Beverly Hills space. The flaky croissants are always top sellers, and for very good reason.

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Euro Pane Bakery

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You're going to want to get to Euro Pane early if you hope to snag one of the Pasadena bakery's croissants that are rolled in cinnamon sugar to make them a little extra decadent.

Yelp

Farmshop

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This beloved restaurant and bakery operation is the go-to for Brentwood locals to get their morning pastry fix.

Yelp

Gjusta

It seems Gjusta can do no wrong, with just about everything coming out of the pastry case being wildly delicious. The baklava croissant is no different, and makes you wonder why the brilliant mash up isn't more prolific around town.

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Josef Centeno has developed his own style of croissants, which adhere to the incredibly buttery and flakey variety. The only qualm might be that they're almost too rich, but that's splitting hairs. If they're available, try the croissant cinnamon bun mashup, encrusted with sugar.

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Love Birds Cafe & Bakery

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Longtime Pasadena favorite Lovebirds is known for their all-day breakfast vibes, delicate lunchtime sandwiches, and stellar croissants. Stop in for a selection of straight-up croissants, or the even more popular breakfast sandwich options.

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Milo and Olive

Emily Harth Roth

The pastry case at Milo & Olive is truly a sight to be seen. With a veritable crew of talented bakers laminating croissant and kouign amann dough daily, its no wonder these flaky pastries sell so quickly.