In 1683, after the Ottoman Empire failed to invade Austria, they began to dig underground tunnels to enter, disrupting Austrian bakers who typically worked underground. The bakers were able to advise the Austrian army and the Ottoman forces had to retreat. In celebration, bakers began baking their bread in the shape of crescent moons found on the Ottoman flag. Over a century later, Austrian princess, Marie Antoinette who married Louis XVI, introduced the croissant to the French where it became most famous. And in our own form of celebration this year, we’ve put together the best places to find these flaky crescents in South Florida
Le Royal French Bakery
7370 SW 57th Avenue, Miami
As 2011 Miami New Times’ winner for Best Croissant, we couldn’t ignore Le Royal French Bakery’s little buns stuffed with ham and cheese or guava and cheese. Choose between apple or almond dough but the best way to enjoy Le Royal’s croissants is traditionally— a rich and flaky crust right out of the oven.
34 SW 8th Street, Miami
With two locations, one in Brickell and one on South Beach, La Sandwicherie offers Miami some of the best croissants! There are traditional French or whole wheat croissant and a choice of all sorts of fillings like Provolone cheese, salami, roast beef, smoked salmon or pâté.
Buenos Aires Bakery
7134 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Since 1972, Buenos Aires Bakery has been serving up award-winning empanadas, sandwiches, pizzas and a variety of baked goods, but visitors return for the warm and chewy croissants.
Première Avenue Bistro & Bakery
201 NW 1st Avenue, Miami
You can’t find a yummier croissant for the best price in Miami anywhere else other than Première Avenue Bistro & Bakery. A croissant and an espresso will cost you less than $4!
Outrageous Bagel Co.
8843 SW 107th Avenue, Miami
Known for their inexpensive gourmet bagels made from scratch, Outrageous Bagels also does its croissant just right. The house favorite is the croissant filled with spinach and feta cheese, but they have other delicious choices like butter, ham and cheese, and mini croissants for a light snack.
1064 Brickell Avenue, Miami
With more than five locations throughout Miami, La Provence has served up French bakery fare since 1997. With a variety of croissants including butter, chocolate or raisin, La Provence is surely a place for good croissants. Try the Breakfast Croissant with scrambled eggs, ham and cheese all on a warm and fluffy crescent roll.