The Definitive Guide To The Best Croissant In Dublin

Food And Wine's Élodie Noël investigates and eats all the calories so you don't have to.

This classic French breakfast treat can be found in plenty of bakeries across the capital city, but where is really worth the visit? And where can you find the best croissant?

I can’t think of anything that makes me feel more at home than getting a bag of fresh croissants in the morning and devouring them with a cup of black coffee, which I use to lightly dip the croissant in as I make my way through it - don’t judge, dipping is a religion in France. 

A croissant (pronounced as if there was no T at the end) is a viennoiserie made of yeast-leavened dough layered with butter, rolled and folded several times through a technique called lamination.

After being shaped and baked, the result of this tedious work is a golden crispy pastry with an irregular and airy crumb, tasting delicately of butter with a hint of sweetness; it should feel indulgent, but never heavy or stodgy. 

Croissants are ubiquitous around Dublin and can be found in cafés, shops, and bakeries. With such a plethoric offer, I decided to focus on bakeries or bakery sections in shops, leaving cafés aside as most don’t bake theirs on site. The great outcome of this test is that you can find some pretty amazing croissants around the city.

With a price varying from €0.59 to €3.50, none of them were bad, and the top tier of the list are tightly bunched together. 

Gaillot & Grey

Gaillot & Grey

Each croissant is unique, however, and you can sense what each baker is trying to achieve. With a very good product that delivers on all fronts, Bread 41 wins the test by an inch, with a stunning score of 17/20. The Bakery by the Cupcake Bloke, Ladurée, Dunnes and Scéal Bakery follow right behind with 16/20. My only disappointment came from The Bretzel Bakery, which makes the most gorgeous bread, but failed to impress with their croissant. To see the full results, scroll down below. 

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1. Bread 41

Address: 41 Pearse St, Dublin 2

Price: €2.40
Look: 4.5/5
Texture: 4.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5
Value: 3.5/5
Total: 17/20

Verdict: The texture is perfect, with very even, regular lamination and delicate crispiness. The flavour is pleasant with a lovely hint of butter, and a subtle smell of yeast. It’s a gorgeous croissant that would rival any great croissant from my homeland.  

Bread 41

Bread 41

2. The Bakery by The Cupcake Bloke

Address: 461 South Circular Rd, Dublin 8

Price: €2
Look: 3.5/5
Texture: 4/5
Taste: 4.5/5
Value: 4/5
Total: 16/20

Verdict: This croissant has a great buttery smell. It’s missing a bit of crispiness on the crust, but has good lamination and a delicious taste. 

2. Ladurée

Address: 1-3 William St S, Dublin 2

Price: €2.50
Look: 4/5
Texture: 3.5/5
Taste: 5/5
Value: 3.5/5
Total: 16/20

Verdict: This French franchise sells what looks like a high-end croissant, almost too perfect and regular. The crust is extremely flaky and crispy, so much so that it makes it slightly tough to break down, but the flavours are fantastic - it’s a real moreish number. 

Ladurée

Ladurée

2. Dunnes

Address: Several locations in Dublin and Ireland

Price: €1
Look: 3.5/5
Texture: 4/5
Taste: 4/5
Value: 4.5/5
Total: 16/20

Verdict: This croissant is still warm when I buy it. The texture is very crispy and there are lovely, buttery, layers inside. With such an affordable price point and great texture and flavour, it’s easy to see why Dunnes is always mentioned as a favourite for croissants among the French community in Ireland. 

2. Scéal Bakery

Address: The Fumbally Market, from 10am to 2pm on Saturday

Price: €3.50
Look: 5/5
Texture: 4/5
Taste: 4.5/5
Value: 2.5/5
Total: 16/20

Verdict: The lack of a decent bakery on this side of Dublin 8 explains the ridiculous queue to get to the Scéal counter inside the Fumbally market on a Saturday morning. But is it really worth the hype and the painful wait to get this croissant? Indeed, it is a great piece of work, with a gorgeous crispy crust, lovely flavour. The layers are slightly thick but it's a really good croissant. So if you have 30 minutes to spare, go for it (I won't though). 

Scéal Bakery

Scéal Bakery

3. Gaillot et Grey

Address: 59 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Dublin 8

Price: €1.50
Look: 4/5
Texture: 4/5
Taste: 3.5/5
Value: 4/5
Total: 15.5/20

Verdict: Famous for their French-style pizza, Gaillot et Grey is a café during the day that offers some beautiful sourdough bread. With a Frenchman at the helm, I expect something good, and this croissant delivers. For an artisan one, it’s very affordable. The outside shows a great caramelisation which makes for a nice crispy crust. It feels very light, which I find pleasant and makes me want to go for another one. 

4. Fallon & Byrne

Address: 11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

Price: €2
Look: 3/5
Texture: 4/5
Taste: 4/5
Value: 4/5
Total: 15/20

Verdict: This croissant by the Dublin food emporium is a very respectable one. It offers a lovely buttery taste, and the very yellow layers inside convey the richness in butter. It’s indulgent, but not overly greasy.

4. Le Petit Parisien

Address: 17 Wicklow St, Dublin 2

Price: €2
Look: 3.5/5
Texture: 3.5/5
Taste: 4/5
Value: 4/5
Total: 15/20

Verdict: As you’d hope from a bakery claiming to be Parisian, this croissant tastes and looks like a real basic French croissant. It’s less buttery than its counterparts but that doesn’t make it less tasty. It’s an honest croissant. 

5. Clanbrassil Coffee Shop

Address: 5B Clanbrassil Street Upper, Dublin 8

Price: €3
Look: 3.5/5
Texture: 3/5
Taste: 4.5/5
Value: 3/5
Total: 14/20

Verdict: This small croissant feels quite dense, but has a great buttery smell and a very crispy crust. The layers are quite thick, and literally oozing with butter - probably a little too much. But of course, the taste is fabulous. Overall, it’s a very indulgent croissant that is hard to resist. 

Clanbrassil coffee shop

Clanbrassil coffee shop

6. Lidl

Address: Several locations in Dublin

Price: €0.59
Look: 3/5
Texture: 3/5
Taste: 3/5
Value: 4.5/5
Total: 13.5/20

Verdict: Another favourite of the French community, who praise it for its phenomenal value. This croissant offers nice subtle crispiness and a welcome buttery flavour. If you are looking to get a bag of croissants for a family brunch, this will tick all the boxes.  

6. Hansel & Gretel Bakery

Address: 20 Clare Street, Dublin 2

Price: €1.95
Look: 3.5/5
Texture: 3/5
Taste: 3.5/5
Value: 3.5/5
Total: 13.5/20

Verdict: The layers are on the thick side, making this croissant feel a little bit rough. It’s slightly crispy, and the flavour is nice, with a little hint of sweetness. 

7. Mannings Bakery

Address: 39/40 Thomas St, Dublin 8

Price: €0.95
Look: 2.5/5
Texture: 3.5/5
Taste: 3/5
Value: 4/5
Total: 13/20

Verdict: The old Dublin bakery makes a simple and honest croissant. There is nothing pretentious about it, it doesn’t look perfect. The texture doesn’t feel greasy at all, which is pleasant. 

Mannings Bakery

Mannings Bakery

8. The Bretzel Bakery

Address: 1A Lennox Street, Portobello, Dublin 8

Price: €1.75
Look: 3.5/5
Texture: 2.5/5
Taste: 2.5/5
Value: 3.5/5

Total: 12/20

Verdict: While The Bretzel Bakery makes the most amazing bread and even won our recent test of the best baguette in Dublin, their croissant is a bit of a letdown. I bought it early on a Saturday morning and yet it didn’t feel very fresh. The crust was too soft and while I noticed a good lamination, I had hoped for better flavour.

9. Dolce Sicily

Address: 43 Dawson St, Dublin City

Price: €2.50
Look: 2.5/5
Texture: 3/5
Taste: 3/5
Value: 3/5
Total: 11.5/20

Verdict: The Italian bakery offers, unsurprisingly, an Italian take on the pastry, glazed on the outside and therefore much sweeter than a traditional French croissant. The dough tastes like it’s been flavoured with what I suspect to be orange blossom flower water. It’s not unpleasant at all, but I personally prefer a plain croissant.  

This post was originally published on our sister site Food and Wine

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