One thing that’s hard to miss when you come to Buenos Aires are their facturas (pastries). It seems as if there is a bakery on every other corner in some neighborhoods. The most common factura you will come across in Buenos Aires is the medialuna, a sweet croissant shaped pastry. Medialunas are great for breakfast or merienda (afternoon snack/tea), but there’s something else you should try, almond croissants! With an increase of French bakeries in Buenos Aires, you can now get your fill of French delicacies like pan au chocolate, brioche, and almond croissants in the city often dubbed the Paris of South America.
These French pastries are often a richer version of a croissant but with a sweet almond filling. They are usually baked with sliced almonds on top and then dusted with powdered sugar, the recipes vary but they are all worth a taste. You will usually see them on menus as croissant de/con almendras. So take a break during your explorations to stop and enjoy a new local favorite!
Here are five recommendations for delicious almond croissants in Buenos Aires.
Sasha is a cute café in Recoleta where you can enjoy a meal or get baked goods to go. The almond croissants here are quite large, big enough to share if you’re not very hungry. They are really rich with a lot of tasty almond filling and a generous topping of powdered sugar. If you’re all about huge almond flavor, this is the pastry for you. They also have a full menu if you’re looking for more than just pastry items.
Juncal 2110, Recoleta
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 7am-9:30pm
Compañia de Chocolates has a bakery in Recoleta where you can get one of their almond croissants to go. Their croissants are also big enough to share, and are quite filling, topped with a ton of baked almond slices under a dusting of powdered sugar. If you prefer a sit down café environment, head to their locations in Palermo Chico or Martinez where they have a café in addition to their bakery.
Rodriguez Peña 1847, Recoleta
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
Emilio Lamarca 397, Martinez
Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:30am-9pm
Juan Francisco Segui 3551, Palermo Chico
Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:30am-8:30pm
For a snack size almond croissant head to L’epi Boulangerie. Theirs are half the size as most of the other options and luckily about half the price. This version is a little lighter on the filling and the toppings but will still fill your sweet snacking desires, or you can pick up a few if you’re hungry. They are only a take away bakery, but they have 3 locations around the city.
Roseti 1769, Chacarita
Phone: 4552 6402
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30am-7:30pm, Sunday 9am-1pm
Montevideo 1567, Recoleta
Phone: 4812 1390
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 8:00am-8pm, Sunday 9am-1pm
Crámer 2439, Belgrano
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30am-8:30pm
Malvón is a popular breakfast and lunch spot, but they also have a lot of baked goods that you can order to go or enjoy in their café. Their almond croissants are medium sized and taste a bit more like a regular croissant with a flakier consistency, but don’t worry, they are still filled with sweet almond goodness. Based on size vs price, these are the best bang for your buck.
Serrano 789, Villa Crespo
Lafinur 3275, Palermo
Hours: Sunday-Monday 9am – 8:30pm, Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 12:00am
Last but not least is Le Moulin De La Fleur, a newcomer to the French Bakery scene in Buenos Aires. This almond croissant is the most croissant-like. It’s a medium sized buttery croissant with a nice hint of almond flavor and much lighter than some of the other versions. They also offer delivery to a limited area if you prefer your breakfast in bed.
Talcahuano 888, Tribunales
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30am-8:30pm, Sunday 10am-2pm & 4pm-8pm
Limited delivery to Recoleta, Tribunales, Retiro, Barrio Norte
Delivery hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5pm
Almond Croissants at Markets in Buenos Aires
Some of these bakeries also have stands at local markets. Look for them at Le Petit Mercado de Buenos Aires, a French themed market held in various locations throughout the year. Additionally, you can find some at the Buenos Aires Market which is held one weekend every month in a changing location.
Try one or try them all, they make a great breakfast, afternoon snack, or anytime treat to fill your sweet almond cravings. Do note that since these are all bakeries, daily supplies are limited, so it’s best to go earlier in the day to ensure you get your almond goodness. If you’re looking for freshly baked breads or other French pastries, they all carry an assortment of other baked goods as well, so you’re sure to find something you love.
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