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Fantastic French Croissants at Eleven Denver Bakeries

The daily selection of croissants at Moxie Bread Company.
The daily selection of croissants at Moxie Bread Company. Veronica Penney
Considering the distance — in both miles and elevation — between Denver and Paris, a good French croissant is surprisingly easy to find in the metro area. But for a great one, you'll need to search a little longer. Traditional almond and chocolate croissants, savory croissants, and contemporary twists like strawberries and cream are available throughout Denver and the surrounding suburbs, if you know where to look. Here are eleven bakeries, listed in alphabetical order, that turn out great croissants in several different styles.

click to enlarge Chocolate almond and butter croissants at Babettes Artisan Breads. - VERONICA PENNEY
Chocolate almond and butter croissants at Babettes Artisan Breads.
Veronica Penney
Babettes Bakery
3350 Brighton Boulevard

The dark, caramelized crust of Babettes baked goods makes for striking croissants. Find the artisan bakery's crackly butter, chocolate, chocolate-almond and ham-and-cheese croissants at the Source in River North, or at some of Denver's local coffee shops, including Little Owl and Lula Rose General Store.

click to enlarge Detour's butter croissant. - DETOUR BAKERY
Detour's butter croissant.
Detour Bakery
Detour Bakery
1479 South Holly Street

Chocolate, almond, apricot, blueberry, apple, nutella, and chocolate caramel pecan are just a few of the croissant flavors available at this neighborhood bakery in Virginia Village. Go early, because the selection can get cleaned out by those in the know.

click to enlarge Grateful Bread Company's chocolate croissant. - VERONICA PENNEY
Grateful Bread Company's chocolate croissant.
Veronica Penney
Grateful Bread Company
425 Violet Street

If you want to snag a croissant from Grateful Bread Company in Golden, plan to go between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays, when the retail store is open. Otherwise, croissants are available at a selection of coffee shops across the Denver metro area. The bakery also notes that the retail shop won't be open on September 9, so check the Grateful Bread Facebook page before you make your next visit.

click to enlarge Almond and chocolate croissants by Izzio Bakery. - VERONICA PENNEY
Almond and chocolate croissants by Izzio Bakery.
Veronica Penney
Izzio Bakery at the Denver Central Market
2669 Larimer Street

Izzio's Bakery in RiNo is a convenient croissant stop for the downtown Denver crowd and offers ham-and-cheese, almond, chocolate and butter croissants. While you're at the market, round out your pastry snack with coffee from Crema Bodega.

click to enlarge A traditional butter croissant at Katherine's French Bakery. - VERONICA PENNEY
A traditional butter croissant at Katherine's French Bakery.
Veronica Penney
Katherine's French Bakery
728 South University Boulevard

Katherine's French Bakery specializes in European pastries and quiche, but also serves crepes, soups and salads. The bakery maintains its own potager (kitchen garden), giving a fresh touch to lunchtime to go with your croissant selection. The location near Washington Park in the Belcaro neighborhood is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

click to enlarge A platter of La Fillette's butter croissants. - VERONICA PENNEY
A platter of La Fillette's butter croissants.
Veronica Penney
La Fillette
4416 Eighth Avenue

Like any self-respecting French bakery, La Fillette serves up the classics: butter, almond and chocolate croissants. Breakfast is a special treat if you have your egg sandwich made on a fresh, crackly croissant. La Fillette is open at 7 a.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. on weekends, and closed on Tuesday.

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Veronica is a contributor to Westword’s Food & Drink section and is equally passionate about cooking and eating. She can be found riding her bike really, really far -- usually farther than intended, thanks to her terrible sense of direction. Her culinary enthusiasm and outdoor adventures are fueled by strong black coffee and the undying hope of finding an excellent cheese plate.