Fantastic French Croissants at Eleven Denver Bakeries

The daily selection of croissants at Moxie Bread Company.EXPAND
The daily selection of croissants at Moxie Bread Company.
Veronica Penney
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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.

Chocolate almond and butter croissants at Babettes Artisan Breads.EXPAND
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.

Detour's butter croissant.EXPAND
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.

Grateful Bread Company's chocolate croissant.EXPAND
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.

Almond and chocolate croissants by Izzio Bakery.EXPAND
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.

A traditional butter croissant at Katherine's French Bakery.EXPAND
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.

A platter of La Fillette's butter croissants.EXPAND
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.

The almond croissant at Mercantile's market.EXPAND
The almond croissant at Mercantile's market.
Veronica Penney

Mercantile Dining & Provision
1701 Wynkoop Street

Dinner at chef/owner Alex Seidel's Union Station eatery is a special occasion, but Mercantile's market opens at 7 a.m. every day and serves up coffee, sandwiches and a selection of pastries. Croissant flavors include plain, almond and chocolate — each a luxury that can quickly become a daily habit.

A savory spinach, red onion and feta croissant from Moxie.EXPAND
A savory spinach, red onion and feta croissant from Moxie.
Veronica Penney

Moxie Bread Co.
641 Main Street, Louisville

Moxie in Louisville is well worth the drive north. The little bakery in an old house turns out an impressive assortment of croissants daily, including classic chocolate, almond and butter, as well as savory meat-and-cheese or veggie-and-cheese croissants. Stock up if you don't live nearby, but don't blame us if not all of your croissants make it home.

The almond apricot croissant at Rolling Pin Bakeshop.EXPAND
The almond apricot croissant at Rolling Pin Bakeshop.
Veronica Penney

Rolling Pin Bakeshop
2716 Welton Street

Rolling Pin Bakeshop's croissants take three days to make and have over eighty layers of flaky, puffy dough. Flavors include ham and Gruyère, almond, apricot almond, chocolate, and plain butter. One of the newer bakeries in town, the Rolling Pin opened in Five Points less than a year ago.

Trompeau's savory ham-and-cheese croissant.EXPAND
Trompeau's savory ham-and-cheese croissant.
Veronica Penney

Trompeau Bakery
2950 South Broadway, Englewood

Trompeau's Englewood location opens at 6 a.m. on weekdays, which leaves plenty of time for a pre-work croissant run. It offers all the classic flavors, plus savory mushroom, turkey-and-Swiss and ham-and-Swiss croissants, as well as sweeter fillings like peach almond, blueberry almond, raisin, lemon, and raspberry.

Wooden Spoon's traditional butter croissant.EXPAND
Wooden Spoon's traditional butter croissant.
Veronica Penney

Wooden Spoon Cafe & Bakery
2418 West 32nd Avenue

Wooden Spoon serves classic butter, chocolate, and almond croissants. You'll feel a little cosmopolitan when you stop in at this Highland bakery; even the two-seater tables are reminiscent of a French cafe.

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