Craving a crisp, buttery, chocolatey pastry? Luckily, you don’t have to go far to get your hands on a fresh housemade chocolate croissant in Annapolis. Or as our French friends would say... le pain au chocolat.
Hi, I’m Kait. My love of fantastic food stems from growing up on Long Island in a food-loving family. I became a mom last year and am now instilling the same epicuriosity in my own family. You can follow my pursuit of the best local eateries on Instagram @whatsonkaitsplate.
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Many countries claim to have created the chocolate croissant—hoping to cement themselves in pastry lore forever. Turkey and Austria have both tried to claim the croissant crown. But most people associate these premier pastries with France.
Learn from me and don’t try to make your own chocolate croissants. Visit any of these incredible bakeries instead. You’ll have a clean kitchen and a happy belly.
After cleaning the kitchen, my one-year old son, Ronan, and I visited Annapolis’ best bakeries in search of the perfect chocolate croissant. These patisseries are in no particular order. You won’t be disappointed by any of these decadent treats. Trust me!
InGrano opened in December 2020 and quickly became one of my favorite eateries. The menu is fresh, creative and modern. And the environment is even more inviting thanks to the design work of local architect Peter from the Drawing Board. Upon entering InGrano, you’re greeted by a beautiful display of hand crafted baked goods.
The chocolate croissant looks as good as it tastes—if not better. The deep crispy outside shields a fluffy and buttery center. And the honeycomb pattern, a crucial factor for croissant critics, is simply perfect.
While you’re there, make sure to grab a cold drink. They use pasta straws!
302 Harry S. Truman Pkwy Ste H, Annapolis, MD 21401
If you’re seeking a quaint (the good kind), family run bakery, Bakers & Co. is the place to go. This Eastport staple serves up fresh made pastries, breads and breakfasts just three days a week: 8 AM to 2 PM Friday through Sunday.
The chocolate croissant is light in color, yet still rich in taste thanks to the generous chunk of dark chocolate folded into the dough. It’s flaky on the outside but soft on the inside.
Warning: don’t eat this one in your car unless you’re cool with crumbs everywhere. Not that I would know…
Pro tip: you can also find Bakers & Co. at the Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market on Saturdays between April and December.
Editor's note: Sweet Hearts has temporarily discontinued croissants. We'll do our best to update this list as soon as they resume.
Annapolis has been blessed with many great food trucks. But Black Market Bakers is undoubtedly the most popular.
If you’ve ever stumbled upon Black Market Bakers in the Chevy’s parking lot on a Saturday or Sunday morning, you’ve probably wondered: is it really worth the wait?
The answer is YES. Not only is the team friendly and welcoming, but they make some of the most unique and delicious baked goods you’ll ever eat.
Prepare yourself to want one (or more) of each menu item. But don’t you dare leave without a chocolate croissant. This sweet and crunchy creation is the definition of comfort food. And my favorite part? The chocolate is folded on both sides of the pastry - so you’ll get a rich cocoa flavor in every bite!
Good news for people who don’t like lines: they’re opening a store in Edgewater summer 2021.
Chevy's parking lot (2436 Solomons Island Road) Saturday and Sunday only 7 - 11 AM
Sweet Hearts Patisserie is a heavenly shop that believes pastries should look as good as they taste. And they walk the walk. This charming bakery creates the most colorful and delectable treats in all of Annapolis.
The authentic French macarons or luscious cupcakes might get you in the door. But you can’t leave without a dark chocolate croissant. The pain au chocolate invites you in with a tantalizing caramelized butter aroma then greets you with a soft, multi-layered, chocolatey inside.
These delicate pastries are a perfect ending to any meal. Or a delightful meal themselves. I won’t judge.