Croissants are notoriously difficult to make. Even beyond the immense skill and patience required, you need to deal with the weather. A slight change in air temperature, humidity or even the heat in your hands can radically change your final product.

Whether they're yeast raised and prepped by a baker, or more patisserie in style and baked at high temperatures so steam separates the layers, there are a few things that mark a good croissant. It should be crisp but not overly crumbly. The dough within should be buttery and fluffy. When you pull at the sides, it should stretch rather than break.

This is the ideal, but even the best bakeries and pastry chefs have off days. These operators are the most consistent. They get closest to that dream every day. Just make sure to get in early – you'll never find a good croissant in the afternoon.

Superthing

Cafe

Head to this immaculate pure pink croissanterie for tiramisu croissants, zesty bitter orange custard cruffins and vanilla custard morning buns, washed down with Padre coffee.

215 Montague Road, West End

Lune Croissanterie

Cafe

The Melbourne croissanterie’s gleaming northern outpost bears all the hallmarks of its concrete-and-glass Victorian headquarters. Grab those world-famous croissants and pastries with coffee by Coffee Supreme, or take your place at the seven-seater counter and marvel at The Cube, where the bakers work their magic beneath signature LED lights.

15 Manning Street, South Brisbane

Chouquette

Cafe

A French bakery with every type of bread and pastry you could wish for.

1 19 Barker Street, New Farm

Brewbakers

Shop

Come for the bagels, stay for the sourdough.

1 337 Sandgate, Albion

Jocelyn’s Provisions

Cafe

A grocery and bakery for sweet treats and take-home meals.

12/46 James Street, Fortitude Valley

Crust & Co

Shop

Bakery nirvana in the carpark of an industrial building.

140 Edmondstone Street, Wilston

Sprout Artisan Bakery

Cafe

After years as a wholesaler and market pop-up fixture, this bakery is in a permanent spot. Stop by for your fix of 72-hour sourdough, seasonal fruit Danishes, berry croissant baskets, and double-chocolate croissant buns. Plus there's a savoury croissant toastie and Reuben Hills coffee.

76 James Street, New Farm

Darvella

Cafe

A beautiful, Swiss-inspired bakery and patisserie from The Pawpaw Crew. It serves stacks of jam-filled doughnuts, croissants, cruffins, tarts and signature triple-tier baby cakes.

1/37 Oxford Street, Bulimba