Buttery bliss: five Tel Aviv bakeries to find the freshest croissants

Keep calm, French on with these flaky croissants
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While we are just a mere 5-hour jaunt from Paris, we have enough Frenchies up in Tel Aviv's mix who know how to hand-craft that perfect croissant: fluffy, layered dough on the inside, just enough buttery crunch on the outside. The crescent puff pastry, synonymous with the most ubiquitous Parisian bakeries and patisseries, is the end-all be-all staple when it comes to a legit delicious alternative to the traditional Israeli breakfast and Tel Aviv bakeries have been upping their croissant game as of late - undoubtedly answering to the masses of French expats taking over Frishman and Gordon Streets, Neve Tzedek, and basically anywhere in the vicinity. From Lehamim's latest venture 'L'e Croissant,' which opens today as a 10-day pop up shop of sweets (January 31 to February 9 from 10.00 to 14:00) to La Bonne Patisserie's signature versions, here are the spots to satiate your croissant cravings.

Get your croissant fix at these Tel Aviv bakeries

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Lehamim
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Lehamim Bakery

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Working throughout the night, the staff of Lehamim Bakery starts to create their delicious and precisely made breads when all of us still dream. With separate locations in Tel Aviv, these elegantly designed bakeries are the perfect place to pick up the latest fresh items while also stopping and sipping a fresh and well made cup of coffee. Featuring loaves of bread casually sitting on simple white shelves, it's like walking into a closet full of heavenly gluten glory.

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Dallal Bakery

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Located in the enchanting Neve Tsedek neighborhood, this cozy bakery is known as one of the very best in town. Incredible French pastries with Israeli twists line the vitrine, boasting a selection of perfectly shaped eclairs, mini-size cakes and colorful sandwiches. Opt for savory quiches or the fluffy croissants—this place is the ultimate destination for quality hand-made pastries and classic cakes made to perfection.

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La Bonne Patisserie

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This classic French patisserie offers a wide selection of melt-in-your-mouth buttery croissants, chocolate eclairs, lemon meringues and savory quiches in addition to aromatic coffee. The next best thing to eating in Paris, the pastry chefs behind La Bonne Patisserie are skilled in the fine art of baking. Take it from the multitude of French expats who rave on La Bonne Patisserie's social media pages about their tasty treats. Known for having some of the best sufganiyot come Channukah time, it’s worth stopping in to sample all their seasonal fares. Treat your taste buds right and come in for a quick bite or a box of joy to bring home to your family.

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Cafe Mersand
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Café Mersand

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Café Mersand has been a Tel Aviv fixture since they opened their doors in 1955, with the decor and recipes remaining constant since then. The place was designed by a Hungarian architect, aiming to recreate a classic European café. Along with aromatic coffee, Café Mersand serves up treats including raisin or brownie cheesecake, poppyseed cake and a Turkish breakfast that includes couscous, cheese, eggs and halvah. Part of the charm lies in the eclectic guests of Café Mersand: a mix of the old and the young, businessmen, musicians, hipsters, locals and tourists.  

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Le moulin
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Le Moulin

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Take a break from the Tel Aviv lifestyle for a little taste of Parisian bliss. This French bakery features delicious fresh baked goods, including breads, pastries and sandwiches, as well as aromatic coffee. Known for their delicious croissants, baguettes and cinnamon rolls, Le Moulin is a great place to stop in for a quick or leisurely breakfast, or to pick up something to bring home. Le Moulin has both indoor and outdoor seating, so you can enjoy the café no matter the weather. With goods being made in a traditional stone oven, Le Moulin’s service and quality never disappoint.  

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