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Bakery Nouveau

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  • Eater
    EaterApril 23, 2013
    The lines haven't let up much since nationally acclaimed baker William Leaman opened shop in December 2007. The homemade breads, pastries and candies are unparalleled. And totally worth the wait.
  • Caitlin
    CaitlinJanuary 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything!! There's not a bad thing that comes out of their oven! Although I usually end up there and can't resist the ham and cheese croissant
  • Yas A.
    Yas AbJune 28, 2016
    I regret not getting the twice baked chocolate croissant, looked SO good! If you love lemony things, get the blueberry lemon dessert. It's delicious.
  • Martha F.
    Martha FlorMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    After you're done with the twice baked croissant, try one of the two best items: Apricot Danish or Ham and Cheese Croissant ( I cry when they are sold out). These can not be overlooked.
  • Seattle Met
    Seattle MetNovember 9, 2011
    By 6AM on weekdays, dense baguettes, gooey brown-sugar pecan brioche, and heavenly croissants start issuing from the ovens of Essential Baking Company's former executive pastry chef William Leaman. Read more
  • Laurentia H.
    Laurentia HMarch 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Sure they're famous for their croissants, but their French ham and Swiss baguette is FABULOUS! The duck rillette is mighty tasty too if you're adventurous like moi!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CapecelatroApril 30, 2016
    Junction croissant....perfect blend of ham, bacon, egg, cheese and bechamel (nice touch!) on a greasy(but not too much), flakey croissant....you'll will not be disappointed
  • Maya S.
    The raspberry almond croissant has a luscious raspberry cream that makes this a luxurious croissant-crusted fruit tart.
  • Mariko L.
    Mariko L.June 3, 2013
    Where to start... Double baked chocolate croissants, smoked salmon croissant, spinach croissant, kouign amann, meringue tarts - all of it is amazing.
  • Kristen O.
    Kristen OteroNovember 5, 2015
    Twice baked almond croissant is a must! I also got the quiche and even though it was on a warming plate it was still cold so, of course it wasn't as good as I'm sure it could have been :(
  • Jenny P.
    Jenny PalmerNovember 24, 2013
    The ratatouille sandwich is amazing!!! Hands down one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten!!! 2x baked croissant and tasty macaroons!!! Yummy!!!
  • Gigi O.
    Gigi OlgunerNovember 16, 2015
    Close to my Bikram studio. Love the desserts here! They make an awesome vegetarian sandwiches as well!
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PenaJuly 14, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Yes, the pastries and sandwiches are amazing, but so are the mochas and hot chocolates. They make their own ganache and it is delicious!
  • Jordan D.
    Jordan DaisySeptember 12, 2015
    Excellent, fresh food, excellent menu and daily specials, excellent, friendly staff and service. I will be there whenever I'm in Seattle!
  • Cheapism
    CheapismSeptember 1, 2011
    Indulge in savory pizza slices and sandwiches or sweet bakery treats for under $5. The twice-baked almond and chocolate croissants are worth the calories! Read more
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreNovember 15, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Autumn seasonal items are available -- currently pumpkin cheesecake is deliciously creamy and rich with a hint of cinnamon, and is topped with a few small thin coins of milk chocolate. Read more
  • Marina K.
    Marina KatoAugust 30, 2015
    Coffee macaroons are amazing! Really nice sitting outside and enjoying the breeze too(:
  • Randall I.
    Randall IJune 20, 2010
    The best breads in town from a world-renowned, award-winning baker. Pastries are as good as high-end pâtisseries in France. And the pizza is really great, too! The service is the only thing lacking...
  • jessica p.
    jessica powellJune 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    My FAVORITE bakery in Seattle, best chocolate croissant I've had since Paris, the strawberry cheese cake is amazing and I can't wait for it to come back. I close this place down quite frequently.
  • My Tam N.
    My Tam NguyenOctober 28, 2011
    BLT, triple baked almond croissants, fresh pizza. Lines outside the door and around the block. Beat the French in World Cup of baking. Need I say more?
  • The Seattle Times
    The Seattle TimesMay 17, 2010
    Easily one of Seattle's best bakeries, especially for baguettes and croissants. Recent addition: deep-dish pizza. Grab a croissant or two. That alone will entice you back to this neighborhood again. Read more
  • Kasyn F.
    Kasyn FisherSeptember 20
    Their classic cheese cake is the best cheese cake I've ever had in my life!
  • Jazmyn L.
    Jazmyn LAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    German chocolate cake keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days. I come get a piece for colleagues' birthday sometimes, and you can't tell i bought it the day before.
  • Ron S.
    Ron SprinkelMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Close your eyes, extend your right arm (with pointer finger extended) spin in a circle three times, stop spinning, whatever your pointing at order and eat...it will be better than great morning sex!!!
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SmithJanuary 1, 2013
    In baker's terms it's called a half dozen. But I call it the best kind of six pack: a sourdough six pack!
  • Shannon W.
    Shannon WFebruary 13, 2010
    Thanks for the recommendation for the twice baked almond croissant. I waited around for 20 min so I could get one fresh from the oven. I couldn't have had a better 1st experience here. Delicious!!
  • foodictionary.net
    foodictionary.netApril 26, 2012
    The Foodict Tip: get their Twice Baked Almond Croissant; it's better than the chocolate. For the complete review, click Read More.. Read more
  • Aisha J.
    Aisha JohnsonMay 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good here especially the twice baked croissants!!
  • Sharon S.
    Sharon StampflApril 1, 2016
    Twice baked almond croissants and apricot croissants are amazing! And the place smells heavenly!
  • T3 H.
    T3 HatsDecember 7, 2010
    Come on a weekend morning...plan to wait in line. Try to find a place to sit and get a latte and an amazing breakfast croissant
  • Eric T.
    Eric TigreMay 21, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Avoid the rush and get there early -- before 8:30 in the morning, or expect long lines. Patience is rewarded for great baked goods, and please share table space with others and be nice about it.
  • Xine L.
    Xine L.December 31, 2012
    The best almonds croissants, I bring them to all my out of town friends and they always want more.
  • Carmen
    CarmenJuly 5, 2014
    Driving South on California Ave, pass the bakery and you find a parking lot with $2/hr. Parking on the street is hard to find.
  • ~P~ A.
    ~P~ A.October 31, 2011
    The twice baked almond croissant is a MUST have. By far the best dessert type croissant in Seattle!!!
  • Kate K.
    Kate KJune 30, 2012
    Love their blueberry macaroons! <3 (flavor choices vary by day)
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SmithNovember 4, 2013
    Got all17 different pastries and 3 plain croissants. Everything was impressive and beyond delicious.
  • Amber G.
    Amber GusaAugust 21, 2011
    The twice baked chocolate croissants are heaven in your mouth and they make their own chocolate ganache, yummy!
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NelsonJanuary 19, 2014
    Known for the twice-baked almond croissant, but it's all good- including the coffee.
  • Melani M.
    Melani MoralesFebruary 1, 2016
    The twice bakes almond croissant is to die for!
  • Rudi T.
    Rudi TJune 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get their signature twice baked almond or chocolate croisant. They are the best. The deep dish pepperoni pizza is also great.
  • Aj B.
    Aj BautistaOctober 23, 2016
    Really good pastries. Good coffee and teas. Long queue and wait for tables.
  • Melani M.
    Melani MoralesMarch 6, 2015
    OMG. I will take anything in here! Everything I've had has been great.
  • Desiree B.
    Desiree BennettJune 16, 2014
    OMG the raspberry almond croissant isn't just a pastry... it's an experience!
  • Shelby G.
    Shelby GagnonSeptember 25, 2011
    If you think the twice baked almont croissant is good, try the chocolate one - even better!
  • Toni S.
    Toni SpottSeptember 15, 2012
    Have the. Double Chocolate croissant & a Madeline in your choice of colors & flavors.
  • Keith R.
    Keith RowleySeptember 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    You really can't go wrong here! But my personal faves are the Junction and the BLT. Milena prefers the sweet croissants.
  • Alicia K.
    Alicia KSeptember 9, 2011
    Their cookies are good too - shortbread, chocolate shortbread, Russian tea cookie or madeline.
  • Tian Q.
    Tian Q.November 12, 2012
    MUST GET the twice baked almond croissant
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 25, 2011
    William and Heather Leaman make traditional French sweets in unusual flavors, like cassis macarons.
  • Amir K.
    Amir KouretchianDecember 22, 2011
    amazing pastries and sandwiches. try to go mid week, its always super crowded!
  • Kate H.
    Kate HaileyJuly 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the croissants! Flaky and fabulous!!
  • Robert R.
    Robert RadichNovember 25, 2016
    It's a tiny place that packs in a ton of fine desserts. I typically go for a few macaroons.
  • Felice L.
    Felice LamDecember 30, 2011
    Try the Chocolate Croissant - American head pastry chef won the pastry world championship in 2005 I think.
  • Kim S.
    Kim SOctober 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    A must visit in West Seattle. Get the twice baked almond croissant or pizza! Delish.
  • Valentina V.
    Valentina VitolsMarch 1, 2011
    Spectacular croissants...and if you're into delicate, citrusy desserts, try the Aphrodite.
  • Geoffrey B.
    Geoffrey BAugust 20, 2013
    Try the Parisian macaroons. They are simply awesome!
  • Rik M.
    Rik MeyersAugust 21, 2016
    Everything is great to include the staff!
  • Carmen
    CarmenOctober 26, 2014
    some very interesting pizza toppings. I liked the artichoke pizza
  • Eric
    EricSeptember 27, 2010
    the twice baked almond croissant and macaroons are killer. stay for lunch and have the pizza too
  • Kristoffer J.
    Kristoffer JonsonMarch 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The chocolate they use in the Mochas is house made.
  • Mimi O.
    Mimi OsterdahlAugust 3, 2012
    Absolute favorite place for coffee and pastry in West Seattle. YUM!!
  • Alvin S.
    Alvin SmithFebruary 22, 2010
    I have to say that I agree that the twice-baked almond croissant is a must have. One of the best things I've ever eaten.
  • Smitha
    SmithaApril 20, 2014
    Spinach croissant was unexpectedly delicious.
  • T R
    T RAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The twice-baked croissants are so perfect, they actually print money.
  • Scott A.
    Scott AhlsmithJune 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    OK, the twice-baked croisants are great, but the cinnamon pecan rolls are addictive. Read more
  • Caitlin D.
    Caitlin DickerboomDecember 19, 2015
    Twice baked almond croissant. Always
  • Carrie S.
    Carrie ShevelsonMarch 26, 2015
    Macaroon, twice baked croissants, chocolate chip cookie!
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NakaoApril 24, 2010
    2 baked Croissant Almond and Ham & cheese baguette are the bomb. Pizza is good. It's all good
  • Phil G.
    Phil GreelyJuly 1, 2012
    Twice baked choc or almond croissant. Can't go wrong.
  • Doc R.
    Doc RussOctober 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The twice-baked chocolate croissant...oh yeah!
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LloydJuly 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    What is not like. Everything is good!
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LinFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Deep dish meat trio pizza, that's the way to go!
  • Alex A.
    Alex AlfaroJuly 14, 2014
    I had the club croissant sand , insane! !!
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle D.September 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the twice baked pan au chocolat... duh.
  • Carlo Michael M.
    This is a great bakery. I enjoy it. - Carlo Michael Morelli
  • Pratiksha C.
    Pratiksha ChauhanFebruary 1, 2016
    Best bakery in Seattle - period!
  • donna t.
    donna tAugust 17, 2014
    The butter cake was divine!
  • Sherry R.
    Sherry RenSeptember 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Chocolate cake and croissant
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TaggartJuly 18, 2014
    Delicious macaroons.
  • Zahna T.
    Zahna TurnerMarch 5, 2016
    The macaroons are absolutely amazing!
  • Cheryl R.
    Cheryl RichmondApril 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Their phone # is listed incorrectly in 4SQ. Correct # is: +1 (206) 923-0534
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle ReedNovember 8, 2011
    Twice baked croissant when warm are amazing!
  • Nicky P.
    Nicky PSeptember 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing food and excellent coffee! :) I highly recommend this place
  • Erika
    ErikaJanuary 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bread and pastries outside Europe, hands down.
  • Fancy Flours
    Fancy FloursApril 15, 2011
    The twice-baked almond croissants is what truly stands out. (YUMMMMMM!) Read more
  • Eileen G.
    Eileen GAugust 5, 2016
    Almond croissant.....best in the world!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SearlesMarch 3, 2012
    The spinach croissant is amazing.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SJuly 2, 2015
    Best croissants I've ever tasted
  • Alex P.
    Alex PietschJuly 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Twice-baked almond croissant is hands down the best breakfast item in Seattle.
  • rachel V.
    rachel ValdezMarch 18, 2011
    Try the classic cheesecake! Delicious!
  • Wendy A.
    Wendy AshmunApril 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    In your quest for pastries, don't overlook the fresh-made sandwiches.
  • Michelle K.
    Michelle KimJune 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    twice baked almond croissant. = addicting
  • Jerome H.
    Jerome HumbertMay 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The California croissant sandwich is amazing.
  • Erika N.
    Erika NavarroOctober 18, 2011
    twice baked almond croissant is worth the calories.
  • Vinayak S.
    Vinayak SuleyDecember 25, 2013
    Twice baked almond something. AMAZING!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RigginsMay 18, 2010
    Hands down the best bakery in Seattle. Chocolate cake is awesome!
  • Drew D.
    Drew DrewJune 1, 2011
    Smoked salmon & zucchini pizza. Amazing.
  • Andy L.
    Andy LewisMarch 17, 2012
    You cannot go wrong with ANYTHING!
  • Victor C.
    Victor CAugust 16, 2011
    Double-baked croissants and ridiculously good french bread.
  • tal r.
    tal raphaeliNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Baguettes! and twice baked almond croissants
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 23, 2010
    Try the Twice Baked Almond Croissant
  • John K.
    John KnierimApril 30, 2015
    Everything
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CApril 12, 2016
    Chocolate croissants and carrot cake
  • Kayan H.
    Kayan HargreavesFebruary 14, 2011
    love the twice baked almost croissant!
  • Meagan L.
    Meagan LloydJuly 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything.
  • John L.
    John L.March 6
    Croissants to die for...
  • Shalimar G.
    If you're coming on a weekend, get here early and be prepared to wait in line.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff ConrickAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Chocolate chip cookies
  • Mirek K.
    Mirek KřivánekAugust 25, 2011
    West Seattle, but this bakery just rocks
  • John H.
    John HurrJune 28
    Love the atmosphere!
  • Monique C.
    Monique CarpentierApril 17, 2015
    Twice baked almond croissants
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RangubphaiJanuary 7, 2012
    treat yourself to something sweet on your birthday!
  • Luis A.
    Luis AntezanaDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The pizza is the one thing here that's just not that great.
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua BatoleinMarch 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Some of the best pizza in town!!
  • Sharon C.
    Sharon ChafinFebruary 2, 2016
    Pastries and coffee
  • chris c.
    chris charlaJanuary 28, 2011
    Get the 2x baked almond thing!
  • Erica M.
    Erica MoserJuly 25, 2010
    the twiced-baked croissant could cure any disease.
  • Wade A.
    Very good.
  • Francesca A.
    Francesca AnnisJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tasty macaroons
  • Ray P.
    Ray PageSeptember 30, 2009
    try the double toasted almond croissant. simply amazing!
  • Ray P.
    Ray PageOctober 1, 2009
    get that double baked almond (or chocolate) croissant. awesome.
  • Ken S.
    Ken SchieleJanuary 17, 2010
    The pizza is fantastic.
  • Dwight G.
    Dwight GautJanuary 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Quiche 2die 4
  • max l.
    max lMarch 13, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the twice baked Almond Crossiant
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