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Cafe Besalu

Bakery and Café$$$$
Ballard, Seattle
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9.3/10
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  • Catherine W.
    "almond schnecken & the ginger biscuit"(4 Tips)
    Grant G.
    "The croissants here are the best this side of Paris."(22 Tips)
    Michael B.
    "Everything from pastries to quiche are amazing!"(7 Tips)
    Deb V.
    "incredible almond schnecken"(2 Tips)
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  • Michael B.
    Everything from pastries to quiche are amazing!
    Michael Bowers · March 31
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  • Mary S.
    Delicious pastries. Yummy cookies
    Mary S · March 26
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  • Catherine W.
    i loved the almond schnecken & the ginger biscuit was very interesting (supposedly its infamous)
    Catherine Wu · February 2
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  • Alice H.
    Quiche is worth the wait! They come out around 10 am.
    Alice Huang · January 28
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  • Hugh D.
    Everything is delicious. Seating can be tough if people reserve tables before they get their food and drink
    Hugh D · December 23, 2015
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  • Krutika S.
    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.
    Krutika Shah · December 2, 2015
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  • Lauren C.
    The croissant was so perfect that I felt like I had temporarily been transported back to France
    Lauren Cunningham · October 24, 2015
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  • Hope K.
    Best pain au chocolat in the city, croissant with jam, cardamom pretzel.
    Hope Kendall · September 20, 2015
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  • Sarah F.
    Great pastries and coffee.
    Sarah Foley · April 3, 2015
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  • Joshua T.
    Everything
    Joshua Tuscan · February 13, 2015
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  • Andy T.
    Very happy to find this place. Can't go wrong with any of it, but I really loved the onion mushroom quiche.
    Andy Troutman · December 21, 2014
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  • Charles T.
    Everything!
    Charles Torre · November 12, 2014
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  • Daniel A.
    Quiche is off the charts! Yum
    Daniel Aveytia · October 10, 2014
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  • stew t.
    Amazingly crispy yet fluffy crossaints and Danish varieties. Chocolate crossaint was my fave. Chocolate was warm and almost melting.
    stew tong · September 13, 2014
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  • Eppy T.
    Be a human being and pay in cash
    Eppy Thatcher · August 10, 2014
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  • Chefs Feed
    Chef Lisa Nakamura eats here on her nights off. She loves the Croissant. Read more
    Chefs Feed · August 5, 2014
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  • Scott R.
    Everything is good and nicely priced.
    Scott Rose · April 20, 2014
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  • Sheena S.
    Best pain au chocolat this side of Paris.
    Sheena S. · November 25, 2013
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  • James W.
    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.
    James Wang · October 2, 2013
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  • Jeremy D.
    Best croissant outside Paris!
    Jeremy Davison · June 14, 2013
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  • Pejman P.
    Best croissants
    Pejman Pour-Moezzi · June 6, 2013
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  • Jeremy D.
    Best croissant in or near Seattle
    Jeremy Davison · May 11, 2013
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  • Marc E.
    Tom Douglas choice for Best Coffee Shop: I love coffee with a pastry at Besalu in Ballard.
    Marc E · May 7, 2013
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  • Vanessa
    Best Pastries in the world, even better then Europe!
    Vanessa · May 6, 2013
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  • Nikita A.
    Well worth waking up in the morning for!
    Nikita Agrawal · May 1, 2013
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  • Jess H.
    The leek quiche is wonderful! It is made with goat cheese and it goes really well with a side of cappuccino:)
    Jess Hsiao · March 30, 2013
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  • David A.
    Always the pain au chocolate. Always
    David Alberts · March 10, 2013
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  • Rick P.
    Pain au raisin. Delicious, flaky, not too sweet. Perfect.
    Rick P · January 31, 2013
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  • Erik L.
    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.
    Erik Larsen · December 14, 2012
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  • Joseph B.
    The attitude is horrible and pretentious with the customers and the staff. Won't be going back
    Joseph Bennett · December 2, 2012
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  • Connor M.
    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.
    Connor Mitrovich · November 21, 2012
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  • Grace P.
    Come here later in the day on the weekends to avoid the lines - ginger biscuit is a must...if you like ginger!
    Grace Pak · November 3, 2012
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  • Charles H.
    Bakers or artists? The pain au chocolate was crispy and chewy & sweet and savory. Perfect.
    Charles Hagman · October 21, 2012
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  • Haley B.
    The onion gruyere pastry is heavenly.
    Haley B · October 12, 2012
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  • Taylor F.
    get here early to avoid the line. everything is amazing, but the ham and swiss pastry and croissant with homemade jam are personal favorites.
    Taylor Fleming · September 23, 2012
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  • Jeff H.
    Try the Apricot Danish - Amazing!
    Jeff Hackmeister · July 28, 2012
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  • Nitya J.
    the best danish ever!! absolutely divine
    Nitya Jain · April 21, 2012
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  • Jackie R.
    The coconut macaroons are hands down the best in Seattle
    Jackie Raulsome · March 29, 2012
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  • Brandon S.
    A cappuccino with the checkerboard shortbread is just right.
    Brandon Smith · March 10, 2012
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  • Dave P.
    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.)
    Dave Peck · February 25, 2012
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  • Jerome H.
    Grab a table AFTER you order. Grabbing one before makes you an asshole.
    Jerome Humbert · February 11, 2012
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  • Leslie W.
    Ginger biscuits are featured in June 2011 issue of Seattle magazine's recipe for "Seattle strawberry shortcake"
    Leslie Wilson · January 31, 2012
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  • Brad G.
    I defy anyone to find a better croissant in the world. This may sound like hyperbole but rest assured it is not.
    Brad Gillespie · December 27, 2011
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  • Napa Valley Bitters C.
    Dunk your croissant into your cafe au lait. You won't regret it. Ooo la la...."How very French they'll all say!"
    Napa Valley Bitters Co. · November 15, 2011
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  • Owen S.
    Best croissants in town.
    Owen Smith · November 13, 2011
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  • Mike H.
    It is a ten minute wait from the front door. Do the math
    Mike Hamstra · September 1, 2011
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  • Zachary L.
    The Schnecken is my favorite. Come before 8am for little to no line, or expect to wait. And don't forget the ginger biscuit.
    Zachary Loafman · August 12, 2011
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  • Megan R.
    They also have outdoor seating.
    Megan Ramaley · June 25, 2011
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  • Rishi
    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.
    Rishi · March 13, 2011
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  • Deb V.
    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.
    Deb Vilhauer · September 17, 2010
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  • The Seattle Times
    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
    The Seattle Times · June 2, 2010
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  • Wes C.
    Have another pan au chocolat. Damn good!
    Wes Carr · March 8, 2010
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  • basilisk l.
    Arguably best croissants in seattle.
    basilisk lube · February 14, 2010
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  • Amanda K.
    Try the scnecken, it will change your life!
    Amanda Kirsch · February 5, 2010
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  • Ryan S.
    Go with the Cardamom Pretzel. It's as delicious as it is hard to remember how to spell correctly.
    Ryan Stewart · January 28, 2010
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  • Royal S.
    EVERYTHING is good here. Quiche doesn't come out of the oven until 10:30am.
    Royal Stuart · October 10, 2009
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  • Grant G.
    The croissants here are the best this side of Paris.
    Grant Goodale · March 14, 2009
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  • Tom R.
    Fronta na jídlo jak v Rusku
    Tom Riha · August 5, 2012
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  • Peggy D.
    pain au chocolat!
    Peggy Dolane · October 19, 2011
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