i loved the almond schnecken & the ginger biscuit was very interesting (supposedly its infamous)
Quiche is worth the wait! They come out around 10 am.
Everything is delicious. Seating can be tough if people reserve tables before they get their food and drink
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.
The croissant was so perfect that I felt like I had temporarily been transported back to France
Best pain au chocolat in the city, croissant with jam, cardamom pretzel.
Great pastries and coffee.
Very happy to find this place. Can't go wrong with any of it, but I really loved the onion mushroom quiche.
Quiche is off the charts! Yum
Amazingly crispy yet fluffy crossaints and Danish varieties. Chocolate crossaint was my fave. Chocolate was warm and almost melting.
Be a human being and pay in cash
Everything is good and nicely priced.
Best pain au chocolat this side of Paris.
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.
Best croissant outside Paris!
Best croissant in or near Seattle
Tom Douglas choice for Best Coffee Shop: I love coffee with a pastry at Besalu in Ballard.
Best Pastries in the world, even better then Europe!
Well worth waking up in the morning for!
The leek quiche is wonderful! It is made with goat cheese and it goes really well with a side of cappuccino:)
Always the pain au chocolate. Always
Pain au raisin. Delicious, flaky, not too sweet. Perfect.
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.
The attitude is horrible and pretentious with the customers and the staff. Won't be going back
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.
Come here later in the day on the weekends to avoid the lines - ginger biscuit is a must...if you like ginger!
Bakers or artists? The pain au chocolate was crispy and chewy & sweet and savory. Perfect.
The onion gruyere pastry is heavenly.
get here early to avoid the line. everything is amazing, but the ham and swiss pastry and croissant with homemade jam are personal favorites.
Try the Apricot Danish - Amazing!
the best danish ever!! absolutely divine
The coconut macaroons are hands down the best in Seattle
A cappuccino with the checkerboard shortbread is just right.
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.)
Grab a table AFTER you order. Grabbing one before makes you an asshole.
Ginger biscuits are featured in June 2011 issue of Seattle magazine's recipe for "Seattle strawberry shortcake"
I defy anyone to find a better croissant in the world. This may sound like hyperbole but rest assured it is not.
Dunk your croissant into your cafe au lait. You won't regret it. Ooo la la...."How very French they'll all say!"
Best croissants in town.
It is a ten minute wait from the front door. Do the math
The Schnecken is my favorite. Come before 8am for little to no line, or expect to wait. And don't forget the ginger biscuit.
They also have outdoor seating.
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.
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.
Have another pan au chocolat. Damn good!