There are just five ingredients in a kouign-amann (just pronounce it “queen ah-mahn” and that’s close enough). Flour, salt, yeast, butter and sugar. That’s it. Doesn’t sound like much, right? So why is this pastry from a sleepy Breton town in northern France showing up in cake cabinets across Sydney?

It’s less about the ingredients, and more about the proportions. A kouign-amann is about 30 per cent sugar and 30 per cent butter – the dough’s only really there to keep the whole thing together – making it one of the sweetest and fattiest pastries out there.

Take a slab of butter, place it in yeasted bread dough, roll out and fold it repeatedly, then cover it with a mixture of sugar and salt. As the kouign-amann bakes, the butter steams the dough on the inside, which separates it out into airy layers. On the outside, the sugar and salt combine to make a glossy, crisp, caramelised exterior. The result is a muffin-sized miracle of crunch, fluff, salt and sugar.

It’s buttery, it’s sweet and it’s dangerously good with a coffee. So head to one of these bakeries and give one a try. Your mornings might never be the same.

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Flour and Stone Annexe


This beloved bakery serves two distinct takes on the kouign-amann. The first is a chestnut kouign-amann, which is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The second you can get on Fridays and Saturdays: a baklava number packed with walnut praline, pistachio, rosewater, honey syrup and rose petals.

43 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo

Staple Bread & Necessities


Staple is best known for its sourdough, but it's no slouch in the pastry stakes. You'll usually find a kouign-amann in the cabinet here (with different-flavoured options, such as a cardamom kouign-amann, available from time to time). "We call it the creme brulee of croissants," says owner James Partington.

Shop 1 20-28 Montauban Avenue, Seaforth

Tuga Pastries Alexandria


You won't always find kouign-amanns at this Sydney-famous Portuguese bakery, now in Alexandria and Clovelly. So when you do see one, pull the trigger. You won't regret it. Tuga often tries different things with its kouign-amann, and past renditions have included special fillings and toppings – like this one filled with pistachio cream.

10 112 McEvoy Street, Alexandria

Lamin8 Patisserie


There are over 20 pastries to try at this Lane Cove patisserie, and kouign amanns are a menu mainstay. They're classic and simple here: dense, buttery and topped with caramelised sugar.

Shop 11 115-119 Longueville Road, Lane Cove



A coffee and kouign-amann in the morning is one way to experience this all-day French bistro and bakery. The other? Salade niçoise and chardonnay at lunch. You have a tough decision to make.

Bistro 61 Lavender Street, Milsons Point

Rollers Bakehouse


Rollers' is renowned for its experimental croissants, but the kouign-amann is surprisingly classic: a disc of sugar and butter that's soft inside with a crisp, caramelised shell.

19 Rialto Lane, Manly

Brasserie Bread Cafe


The kouign-amann here comes dusted with cinnamon, otherwise it’s a classic take on the Breton pastry.

1737 Botany Road, Banksmeadow