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Cafe Besalu

Bakery and Café$$$$
Ballard, Seattle
  • Catherine W.
    "almond schnecken & the ginger biscuit"(4 Tips)
    Carrie S.
    "But you can't go wrong with any of the pastries here."(41 Tips)
    Deb V.
    "incredible almond schnecken"(2 Tips)
    James W.
    "Butter flavor shines through and is perfect with their homemade jam."(2 Tips)
66 Tips and reviews
  • croissants
  • ginger biscuit
  • almond schnecken
  • authentic
  • coffee
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  • Micaela P.
    Just get one of everything and three coffees and you'll be set!
  • Bruno C.
    Delicious pastries always fresh
  • Carrie S.
    The croissants here are quite possibly the best in Seattle. But you can't go wrong with any of the pastries here.
  • kim b.
    kim brusoMarch 17
  • Danette S.
    Danette SusanneJuly 18, 2016
    The ham and cheese pastry for breakfast.
  • David M.
    David MaloneJune 19, 2016
    The Pan au Raisin are excellent
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MasonJune 12, 2016
  • Michael B.
    Michael BowersMarch 31, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything from pastries to quiche are amazing!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SMarch 26, 2016
    Delicious pastries. Yummy cookies
  • Catherine W.
    Catherine WuFebruary 2, 2016
    i loved the almond schnecken & the ginger biscuit was very interesting (supposedly its infamous)
  • Alice H.
    Alice HuangJanuary 28, 2016
    Quiche is worth the wait! They come out around 10 am.
  • Hugh D.
    Hugh DDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Everything is delicious. Seating can be tough if people reserve tables before they get their food and drink
  • Krutika S.
    Krutika ShahDecember 2, 2015
    So many pastries !! Hard to choose but if its your first time like me then get their croissant with Jam . Can't go wrong with that one.
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CunninghamOctober 24, 2015
    The croissant was so perfect that I felt like I had temporarily been transported back to France
  • Hope K.
    Hope KendallSeptember 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best pain au chocolat in the city, croissant with jam, cardamom pretzel.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FoleyApril 3, 2015
    Great pastries and coffee.
  • Joshua T.
    Joshua TuscanFebruary 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
  • Andy T.
    Andy TroutmanDecember 21, 2014
    Very happy to find this place. Can't go wrong with any of it, but I really loved the onion mushroom quiche.
  • Charles T.
    Charles TorreNovember 12, 2014
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AveytiaOctober 10, 2014
    Quiche is off the charts! Yum
  • stew t.
    stew tongSeptember 13, 2014
    Amazingly crispy yet fluffy crossaints and Danish varieties. Chocolate crossaint was my fave. Chocolate was warm and almost melting.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 10, 2014
    Be a human being and pay in cash
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Chef Lisa Nakamura eats here on her nights off. She loves the Croissant. Read more
  • Scott R.
    Scott RoseApril 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good and nicely priced.
  • Sheena S.
    Sheena S.November 25, 2013
    Best pain au chocolat this side of Paris.
  • James W.
    James WangOctober 2, 2013
    The flakey crunch of the exterior contrasts ideally to the feathery layers of the interior. Butter flavor shines through and is perfect with their homemade jam.
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DavisonJune 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best croissant outside Paris!
  • Pejman P.
    Pejman Pour-MoezziJune 6, 2013
    Best croissants
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DavisonMay 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best croissant in or near Seattle
  • Marc
    MarcMay 7, 2013
    Tom Douglas choice for Best Coffee Shop: I love coffee with a pastry at Besalu in Ballard.
  • Vanessa
    VanessaMay 6, 2013
    Best Pastries in the world, even better then Europe!
  • Nikita A.
    Nikita AgrawalMay 1, 2013
    Well worth waking up in the morning for!
  • Jess H.
    Jess HsiaoMarch 30, 2013
    The leek quiche is wonderful! It is made with goat cheese and it goes really well with a side of cappuccino:)
  • David A.
    David AlbertsMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Always the pain au chocolate. Always
  • Rick P.
    Rick PJanuary 31, 2013
    Pain au raisin. Delicious, flaky, not too sweet. Perfect.
  • Erik L.
    Erik LarsenDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    I can't complain about the quality at Besalu. They have great croissants which are buttery and flaky. Yes, the place is small inside and always crowded, but the quality is worth the long wait.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BennettDecember 2, 2012
    The attitude is horrible and pretentious with the customers and the staff. Won't be going back
  • Connor M.
    Connor MitrovichNovember 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Because EVERYTHING is good, my rule is choose whatever just came out of the oven! But be sure to choose something savory and sweet or else you'll be (not) full of regrets.
  • Grace P.
    Grace PakNovember 3, 2012
    Come here later in the day on the weekends to avoid the lines - ginger biscuit is a must...if you like ginger!
  • Charles H.
    Charles HagmanOctober 21, 2012
    Bakers or artists? The pain au chocolate was crispy and chewy & sweet and savory. Perfect.
  • Haley B.
    Haley BOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The onion gruyere pastry is heavenly.
  • Taylor F.
    Taylor FlemingSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    get here early to avoid the line. everything is amazing, but the ham and swiss pastry and croissant with homemade jam are personal favorites.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HackmeisterJuly 28, 2012
    Try the Apricot Danish - Amazing!
  • Nitya J.
    Nitya JainApril 21, 2012
    the best danish ever!! absolutely divine
  • Jackie R.
    Jackie RaulsomeMarch 29, 2012
    The coconut macaroons are hands down the best in Seattle
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SmithMarch 10, 2012
    A cappuccino with the checkerboard shortbread is just right.
  • Dave P.
    Dave PeckFebruary 25, 2012
    In our "professional" eating opinion, Besalu has the best textured croissants in the city. (Nouveau's, on the other hand, have an incredible buttery flavor.)
  • Jerome H.
    Jerome HumbertFebruary 11, 2012
    Grab a table AFTER you order. Grabbing one before makes you an asshole.
  • Leslie W.
    Leslie WilsonJanuary 31, 2012
    Ginger biscuits are featured in June 2011 issue of Seattle magazine's recipe for "Seattle strawberry shortcake"
  • Brad G.
    Brad GillespieDecember 27, 2011
    I defy anyone to find a better croissant in the world. This may sound like hyperbole but rest assured it is not.
  • Napa Valley Bitters C.
    Napa Valley Bitters Co.November 15, 2011
    Dunk your croissant into your cafe au lait. You won't regret it. Ooo la la...."How very French they'll all say!"
  • Owen S.
    Owen SmithNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best croissants in town.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HamstraSeptember 1, 2011
    It is a ten minute wait from the front door. Do the math
  • Zachary L.
    Zachary LoafmanAugust 12, 2011
    The Schnecken is my favorite. Come before 8am for little to no line, or expect to wait. And don't forget the ginger biscuit.
  • Megan R.
    Megan RamaleyJune 25, 2011
    They also have outdoor seating.
  • Rishi
    RishiMarch 13, 2011
    Get in early to avoid the lunch time rush. Dont forget to get your Chocolate Croissants when you are here, they are the best in town.
  • Deb V.
    Deb VilhauerSeptember 17, 2010
    Sometimes, if you arrive @ 7:25 a.m. or so, the incredible almond schnecken will just be coming out of the oven...a slice of culinary heaven.
  • The Seattle Times
    The Seattle TimesJune 2, 2010
    Customers arrive early for the superb croissants, the pain au chocolate, and the Danish; some return for a slice of just-made quiche in a puff-pastry crust. Jam and chocolate syrup are made on-site. Read more
  • Wes C.
    Wes CarrMarch 8, 2010
    Have another pan au chocolat. Damn good!
  • basilisk l.
    basilisk lubeFebruary 14, 2010
    Arguably best croissants in seattle.
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KirschFebruary 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the scnecken, it will change your life!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StewartJanuary 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go with the Cardamom Pretzel. It's as delicious as it is hard to remember how to spell correctly.
  • Royal S.
    Royal StuartOctober 10, 2009
    EVERYTHING is good here. Quiche doesn't come out of the oven until 10:30am.
  • Grant G.
    Grant GoodaleMarch 14, 2009
    The croissants here are the best this side of Paris.
  • Tom R.
    Tom RihaAugust 5, 2012
    Fronta na jídlo jak v Rusku
  • Peggy D.
    Peggy DolaneOctober 19, 2011
    pain au chocolat!
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