The best croissants in Jozi (and quite possibly the world)


Happy Monday friends!

I hope you all had a great weekend. I did a restaurant review at Thunder Gun  (best ribs ever, go there), lunched at Park Cafe (delish salads, my favourite part of which is the torn Italian bread served on the side), and had dinner at Wolfpack last night. Full blog posts on the first 2 will be up soon. I also did a radio interview about Jozi’s foodie scene with Pabi Maloi on Power FM last night, and then I studied in between all of that.

I’m going through tons of changes in my life at the moment – thanks to all of you who have enquired about how our plans to move are going. I’m definitely going to write a detailed post on the process and how to go about moving so look out for that in the next month or so.

Today’s post is about CROISSANTS. I’m such a sucker for a good pastry, and I’m happy to report that I’ve found the BEST (in my opinion at least) croissant in Jozi. It beats the croissants I’ve tasted in both Paris and Buenos Aires, and everywhere else for that matter. I have to thank my colleague, Chris, who introduced me to these croissants, by bringing a box into the office every week.

Where do you find this deliciousness? At Cafe De La Creme in Melville. Croissants come out of the  oven at around 7am, and its best to pick up your fix soon after.

Jozilicious Melville 2

The almond croissant is the single best pastry I’ve ever had. It’s soft and buttery inside and slightly crisp on the outside, with a sugary almond paste in the centre and roasted flaked almonds + dusted icing sugar on the top. Don’t even try going after 9am on the weekends unless you’ve ordered in advance, they’ll be sold out.  The chocolate and plain croissants are good but nowhere near as amazing as the almond ones.

For a mere R12, you can treat yourself to THIS: Jozilicious Melville 1

I haven’t tasted anything else on offer, but apparently the gingerbread men and lemon baked cheesecake are also delish.

Cafe De La Creme Contact Details: 

Open Mon 7am – 5pm, Tue- Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 8am- 7pm

Address: Corner 4th Avenue and 7th Street, Melville

Contact 011 726 7716.

So try it, and let me know what you think?

xx H