Boston is packed with hundreds of different restaurants, and the variety in downtown is mind-blowing. Asian, Italian, American; you name it, we have it. But sometimes, the day calls for something more simple than an intricate meal, and that’s where pastries come in.
Croissants are way more than just any pastry. They’re super flaky and buttery, and go perfectly with a hot cup of coffee. While Boston is notorious for Boston cream pie, the city’s croissant game is pretty strong. Without further ado, this is a guide for the ultimate Downtown Boston croissant crawl.
The venue: It’s hard to find a time when this shop isn’t packed with people. But trust me, it’s worth the wait. The warm interior matches the warmth and comfort of their food, ranging from build-your-own grilled cheeses to scones.
What to get: Chocolate croissant. It’s dusted with chocolate on the outside and filled with a creamy Nutella center. Don’t be deceived by its perfect appearance. Things can get messy pretty quickly, so keep napkins nearby.
The venue: Boston Common Coffee Co. (or as some say, BoCo CoCo) lies behind the bustle of Boylston Street. Because of this, it tends to be less crowded at times, making it the best place to grab some lunch and relax on one of their couches.
What to get: Almond croissant or spinach and feta croissant. The almond croissant is nutty and sweet, stuffed with a creamy paste and almond pieces, whereas the spinach and feta croissant is a savory take on the classic pastry. It’s a great excuse to justify eating pastries at all times of the day.
The venue: With Beacon Hill’s quaint and rustic aesthetic, it’s next to impossible to not crave a cup of coffee and a pastry. Tatte’s menu offers customers the choice of hearty dishes, such as Shakshuka, and simple treats with their magic touch, such as pear tatin.
What to get: Cream cheese croissant. This flower-shaped pastry has a sweet and creamy center surrounded by flaky “petals.” I found this to be great dipped in a warm cup of their drip coffee.
The venue: This London-based chain has only a few locations in the US, all in Boston. Walking inside of this store brings you to an entirely different state of mind. It’s something out of a movie, with exposed brick, plush couches, and chalkboards lined with the day’s offerings.
What to get: Raisin croissant. This was something I had never heard of before and was very eager to try. The croissant was extremely buttery, and the raisins gave it a fruity taste that I never knew I was missing.