Montreal’s best almond croissants: a saga

Posted on March 14th, 2009 by .

Being a food blogger is a tough job. Seriously. I have to keep up-to-speed about food trends happening around the world, and especially in my own backyard. Imagine my surprise – and concern – when I read on Chowhound that the best almond croissants in Montréal are sold just minutes from my house. How could I not know about this?
Despite having already had breakfast, I immediately put on my shoes and headed out for some investigative journalism.
Duc de Lorraine is your typical French-style pastry shop. It’s really close to my house, yet I had never stopped in. They’ve been open since 1954 and they’re located near a retirement home, so I guess it never sent out that “come eat here” vibe.
When I got there, I found out that two types of almond croissants were actually available. One was made with flaky dough and one with regular dough. The almond filling was the same in both. Ack! Which one were they talking about on Chowhound? I tried to get other people’s opinion on Facebook and Twitter, but it was early and the city was still asleep. So obviously, I had no choice but to eat one of each. The almond croissant battle was on!
To my great surprise, they were both excellent. The flaky one was superb dipped into my hot chocolate, while the regular one was so perfectly moist. In the end, it was impossible for me to decide which one was the best.
So, it turns out that Duc de Lorraine really is a great pastry shop. It was good lesson for me. A kind of Susan Boyle one.
Pâtisserie Duc de Lorraine
5002 Cote-des-Neiges
(website available in French only)
Business hours
Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 6 pm
Friday 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am to 5 pm
$6 for 2 almond croissants.


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