The croissant never fails to amaze with its cathedral structure and buttery satisfaction, especially during winter months paired with morning coffee, tea, or cocoa. Is it Michelin’s influence or simply good fortune that’s brought not one, but five notable viennoiseries to Greenville? We offer a round up of these bakehouses who produce the lofty pastry.
Bake Room Village of West Greenville
Order this: Classic Croissant Wade Taylor launched the artisan bakery with wholesale ambitions only to discover bakery-obsessed patrons lined down the street any time Bake Room opened to the public. His attention to detail, coupled with a German steam-deck oven, produces flaky crunch with downy interiors. Though he honed his craft at the French-leaning Persephone in Jackson, Wyoming, it’s locally milled grains that impart a Carolina stamp upon the classic croissant.
Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery Water Tower District
Order this: Chocolate Croissant A little over six years ago Mary Walsh and Jacqueline Oliver opened Swamp Rabbit with no culinary experience but a vision to offer local foods outside of a farmers’ market format. Today the market/café/pizzeria is a mainstay of the Swamp Rabbit Trail in the heart of the Water Tower District and home to a chocolate croissant so aptly restrained that two should be ordered at the outset.
Le Petit Croissant West End
Order this: Almond Croissant The new kid on the block is Le Petit Croissant under the tutelage of Chef Vincent Caradonna who brings a distinguished pedigree to his Main Street chocolatier (Girard in Paris, Tumbador in New York, The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas). Pastry—including a decadent croissant filled with almond flour paste—is exactingly made in the West End shop, which also produces reams of caramels, fine chocolates, and flawless cream puffs.
Upcountry Provisions Downtown Travelers Rest
Order this: Ham & Cheese Croissant The perfectly approachable bistro just steps off of Main Street in TR belies a storied past: owners Cheryl and Stephen Kraus studied at the French Culinary Institute in New York in preparation for opening Upcountry Provisions. A case filled with triple chocolate brownies, latte-frosted cinnamon rolls, and scones are enticing, but it’s a ham and cheese croissant that conveys the bakery’s métier in a single bite.
Buttercream Bakehouse Heritage Green District
Order this: Espresso Croissant Karrie Daze honed her pastry skills in Europe following her husband Glen’s military career for 15 years. Now the two work side-by-side at Buttercream Bakehouse just east of downtown Greenville creating renowned wedding cakes as well as pastry, Danish, and killer classic turnovers. A mini dark chocolate coffee croissant, made with illy espresso powder, is a stand out, especially when ordered via the bakery’s drive-through window.