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Bakery Nouveau. This croissant has an amazing amber color and an incredibly crunchy outside. (Image: Jenny Kuglin / Seattle Refined)

5 of Seattle's best croissants

A croissant is a great food to eat on the run, by dashing into a small shop and then immediately sinking your teeth into the buttery pastry.
It can be even more fun to sit quietly in a café, dipping your flaky breakfast into a deep, dark espresso.

Croissants can come in a variety of flavors, stuffed with chocolate, figs, ham and cheese, or paprika and parmesan. They're also absolutely delicious plain and in their pure form. Here are five bakeries in Seattle that have impeccable plain croissants for any pastry lover.

Crumble & Flake Patisserie. Crumble & Flake's Neil Robertson was recently announced as a nominee for a James Beard Award for "Best Pastry Chef." I'm definitely rooting for him and his tiny bakery on Capitol Hill. The croissants at Crumble & Flake are stunningly tasty and delicate. The crust is crispy, but not hard. The inside is buttery, but not greasy. You should expect to be brushing some crumbs off your jacket while you munch, which means it is baked to perfection.

1500 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Honore Artisan Bakery. Though the line may be long, it is always worth the wait for the insanely delicious croissants at Honore Artisan Bakery. (It's also a great place for people watching). The crispiest of the bunch, this is a croissant for those who don't believe pastries should be soft. The inside is also the most buttery on this list and is pure heaven to the tongue.

1413 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98127
Neighborhood: Phinney Ridge

Bakery Nouveau. The croissants at Bakery Nouveau are picture-perfect. Your first bite of the golden, crunchy exterior will reveal a plush, soft interior. The inside is chewy and more savory than sweet. If you aren't a purist, you'll also love the ham and cheese or twice-baked almond versions.

1435 E John St
Seattle, WA 98112
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Louisa's Café & Bakery. With a dark and crunchy outside, the huge croissants at Louisa's are stunningly beautiful. You'll be left with a pile of crumbs on your lap when you eat one, but it's worth the mess. Once again, you can expect a line if you're looking to have brunch; especially on a Sunday. Other great things to try at Louisa's are the eggs benedict or the Lyonnaise Breakfast Salad.

2379 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
Neighborhood: Eastlake

Macrina Bakery & Café. With several locations, Macrina Bakery is a Seattle favorite. The croissants at Macrina are the softest on this list and are great for people who prefer to eat without a pile of pastry in their laps. (Though I must say, I mostly disagree with this opinion.) The entire croissant is chewy and decadent and goes perfectly with a strong coffee.

2408 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
Neighborhood: Belltown

615 W McGraw St
Seattle, WA 98119
Neighborhood: Queen Anne

1943 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98127
Neighborhood: Industrial District

Did I miss your favorite croissant? Let me know in the comments!