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.

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Lune Croissanterie


Don't write Lune off because it's the biggest player in town – there's a very good reason why busloads of tourists (in more normal times) make a beeline to Lune directly from Melbourne airport. Kate Reid's croissants are flaky, soft and – most importantly – freakishly consistent.

119 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Q le Baker


French-born baker Quentin Berthonneau has trained at Vue de Monde and Chez Dre, and wants good bread to be as accessible as good coffee in Melbourne. And his croissants are some of the best you can find in Melbourne.

Shop 709 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Monforte Viennoiserie


Visit this tiny bakery for knockout sweet-and-salty croissants, hazelnut pains au chocolat and asparagus and goat's curd pastries. But get in early and be prepared to queue – it almost always sells out.

585a Canning Street, Carlton North

Chez Dré Patisserie Boulangerie


This South Melbourne bakehouse does just about everything to a very good standard, and the croissants are no different. It's a great option to stop by on your way to South Melbourne Market.

Rear of 285-287 Coventry St, South Melbourne

All Are Welcome Northcote


Boris Portnoy's baked creations are influenced by classic recipes and by his time cheffing in some of the world's restaurants. You might find anything from gianduja babka buns to Czech honey cakes here. Add in coffee by Everyday and some of the best sourdough in town, and it's no wonder it's always so busy.

190 High Street, Northcote

Agathé Pâtisserie


Agathe's market stall has been a South Melbourne Market staple since it opened. Understandable – the crowd-pleasing roster of French treats here, including some stellar croissants, are baked by an owner who attended Paris's most prestigious baking and patisserie school.

322-326 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Loafer Bread


A sweet little bakery in North Fitzroy making artisan cakes, biscuits, pastries and loaves of bread. Bread is the star here – except at Easter, when the hot cross buns fly off the shelves – but don't look past the croissants.

146 Scotchmer Street, Fitzroy North

Ned’s Bake


Ned's Bake is well known for being a bakery that also does killer brunches. But its takeaway pastries, including the croissant and all its spin-offs, are well worth trying, too.

134 Toorak Road, South Yarra



Inside a former warehouse, this Austrian-inspired bakery serves savoury pretzels, layered chocolate cakes and other baked treats, all hewn from classic European recipes. But truly, it’s the croissants that shine here. Unmissable stuff.

147-149A Cecil Street, South Melbourne



This Rathdowne Village cafe has an old soul: with a relaxed, unpretentious feel reminiscent of the pre-Instagram era. Co-owner Dom Gattermayr's mother runs Austro, so this is a great way to get Austro's croissants and pastries northside.

617 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

Candied Bakery


An Aussie bakery with a sweet American twist on the west side. It's better known for its made-to-order cakes and pies, but trust us, the croissants are well worth a look-in.

81a Hudsons Road, Spotswood



This Japanese-inspired bakery is from the team behind Little Rogue just across the street. It's selling whole loaves of shokupan (fluffy milk bread), flaky almond-yuzu croissants, Danishes piled high with berries, and soft buns filled with cream cheese, then doused in garlic butter.

273 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

The Crux & Co. Patisserie


This CBD pastry shop is best knows for its "crogel" – which tastes a lot better than it sounds. It's a croissant-bagel hybrid that lends itself well to an abundance of different fillings. The regular croissants, coffees and cakes are excellent, though.

27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Bread Club


Two French bakers are making classic sourdough, fruit loaves and three-ingredient baguettes and getting creative with banana-split croissants and blood-orange doughnuts in an airy, mint-green space.

558 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne

Wild Life Bakery


Huw Murdoch's fantastic slow-fermented sourdough loaves are well worth picking up to bring home, but we recommend heading to Wild Life for a meal if you can. Inside this striking converted warehouse, you'll find a mostly vegetarian menu where toasties are the heroes.

90 Albert Street, Brunswick East

Faraday’s Cage


Since it opened, this bakery-cafe has amassed a contingent of loyalists with its dense sourdoughs and flaky croissants. The space is pretty neat, too. It was formerly a recording studio used by the everyone from John Farnham to Tina Arena.

325-329 Gore Street, Fitzroy



A European-style bakery-cafe in Clifton Hill with artisan bread and pastries. If you can prise your eyes away from the colourful macarons, we recommend going for one of the croissants or fresh sandwiches.

354 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill



The eclairs at Choukette get a lot of well-deserved attention, but don't overlook the croissants. The sweet and buttery things hit all the right notes.

318 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Tivoli Road Bakery


Sourdough, spelt, multigrain, and soy and linseed are among the bready delights at this respected outfit.

3 Tivoli Road, South Yarra



A Fitzroy baking institution with Eastern European influences. Just like Babka itself, you can always rely on the croissants here.

358 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Via Porta


We've yet to yet to find a thing that this beautiful Mont Albert deli and cafe doesn't do well. And the croissants keep Via Porta's streak going. They're soft but crisp in all the right places, and have the croissant ratio of sweet to salt nailed.

677 Whitehorse Road, Mont Albert

Cobb Lane Richmond Traders


A Noma alumnus – and one of the city's best bakers – has a sleek operation inside the Richmond Traders precinct, turning out exemplary European-style sourdough breads, Danish pastries, cookies and more.

Cnr Bridge Road & Church Street, Richmond

Artisanal Bakehouse


This petite bakery is renowned for its cinnamon scrolls and croissants (especially the savoury one – go for the garlic butter croissant if not sold out). It’s by two French chefs that have swapped out the bustle of Michelin-starred Parisian restaurants for the calm of Bentleigh’s main drag.

313 Centre Road, Bentleigh