Jiggly pancakes, Basque Burnt Cheesecake, and now… croissants? The latest food fad flooding Thai social feeds is a kind-of-old European tradition, but nonetheless, croissant hype is a thing.
From established institutions to newcomers making everything from plain, old pastries to monstrosities packed with salted egg lava, here are some of Bangkok’s best places to chew a croissant.
House of Susan Croissant
This cozy, cottage-style, cafe-slash-pastry powerhouse is all about homemade mini croissants with creative twists. Best-sellers include the salted egg lava and mushroom cream mini croissants (THB40 each), salted egg croissants (THB35), and spinach croissants (THB32) but those looking for sweet treats should turn to the custard and raspberry version (THB159), and wash it down with an iced mocha or dark chocolate (THB120).
Ekkamai Soi 24, 062-293-6464. Open daily 7am-7pm
Kenn’s Coffee and Croissants
Tucked inside Soi Sathorn 7 and, now, Soi Ari 2, this coffee shop is an oasis for office workers looking to get their morning fix of freshly made croissants. Try the chocolate croissant (THB70) filled with imported French dark chocolate, or the smoked ham and cheese croissant (THB105), whose crisp skin complements the salty hint of housemade smoked ham. To go with the pastry, drinks include iced chocolate (THB85) with just the right amount of sweetness and iced Thai coffee (THB80).
Soi Sathorn 7, 066-149- 5451. Open daily 7:30am-3pm
Suburban-based James Boulangerie belongs in the rarefied air of the best croissant makers in the city, and for good reason. This French-style bakery and cafe was—and still is—on everybody’s lips because of its sought-after dark chocolate croissants (THB150), train croissants (THB95), and hard-to find kouign-amann (puff pastry containing layers of butter and sugar, B80), which lure crowds to queue up as early as 8am.
Phran Nok Phutthamonthon Sai 4 Road, 064-958-9588. Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm
The cute-named “Captain Squid” may sound similar to a certain Nickelodeon cartoon character, but Captain Squid makes real-deal, freshly baked French butter croissants on the daily. Go for the original butter croissant (THB50), or a salted egg lava croissant (THB79) if you want more umami out of your snack. For another savory treat, try the classic ham and cheese croissant (THB60) or a spinach cheese croissant (THB65).
Rama 4 Road, 085-800- 1555. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am 6pm, Sat 8am-5pm
At Paris Mikki, all cakes and pastries are baked daily in limited numbers. The menu—which rotates depending on seasonal ingredients—is packed with croissants like the Parisian (THB85), the St. Honore (THB280), and the croissant au chocolat (THB90), plus other specialties like the millefeuille (a layering of puff pastry and pastry cream, THB190). Call ahead to reserve the sweets as they often sell out.
1st floor, Metha Wattana, Soi Sukhumvit 19, 088- 870-0020. Open daily 10:00am-8:30pm
Maison Eric Kayser
Known for their signature baguettes and croissants, the Eric Kayser empire, run by a fourth-generation baker, has opened more than 110 outlets worldwide in little over a decade. Step inside this French artisan boulangerie to indulge in a wide variety of pastries, including the signature croissant (THB85) and almond croissant (THB110). Great non-croissant options, if you dare, include the apple and cinnamon danish (THB35) and the zesty-yet-sweet lemon tart (THB120).
G floor, Emquartier, 087-519- 6169. Open daily 10am-10pm
Known for snack boxes and catering, La Patis churns out lots of croissants, too, making them daily with real French butter. Their range includes the aromatic chocolate croissant (THB50 small/B75 large), the fruity raspberry croissant (THB55 small/THB85 large), and the mini matcha (THB55). For something a little more OTT, try the croque croissant (a butter croissant filled with ham, cheese, and white sauce, THB135).
G floor, Emquatier, 094-487- 1159. Open daily 10am-10pm
Rue De Mansri
This photography studio slash-cafe is known for its vintage vibe and croissants that are widely regarded as among the city’s best. All pastries are baked daily, and top-sellers include the ham and cheese (THB45) and chocolate croissants (THB45). Be sure to try their signature iced marocchino (THB75), an indulgent mix of chocolate, milk, and espresso.
Bamrungmuang Road, 083-158-9999. Open daily 7am-5:30pm
One of the newcomers to grace the Bangkok croissant scene, Maesalong Croissant operates out of a gorgeously distressed shophouse in Banglamphu. Specializing in butter croissants (THB75) and kouign-amann (THB40), this spot draws floods of croissant-goers spilling out the front door each day. Plan ahead, because the queues are ridiculous.
Samsen Road, 092-601-2345. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30-8:30pm; Sat 2-5pm
Phrom Phong’s latest addition to the croissant crowd is Tiengna. Born in Tak province, the venue offers flaky, Viennese plain croissants (THB85), as well as photogenic, house-specialty concoctions like nutella and banana croissants (THB135) dusted with powdered sugar. Grab one of their equally next-level coffee drinks, like a yuzu nitro cold brew (THB140) or salted caramel coffee crumble (THB130), too.
Soi Phrom Si (Sukhumvit Soi 39), 061-174- 9839. Open daily 7:30am-5pm
Maybe you missed out on Kokopan’s croissant bouquet on Valentine’s Day (seriously: eight mini plain croissants arranged like flowers). But you can still score their wide range of croissants, from plain (THB60) to fancier flavors like nutella mini croissants (THB60/three pieces) and almond croissants (THB75). Or grab a Japanese-style milk cream and jam donut (THB65) for a sugary start to your day.
Orders for croissant bouquets are available only via Kokopan’s official Line account (@kokopan)
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