Coat Check Coffee
401 E. Michigan St., 317-550-5008
The layers of folded-over-folded dough have a chewy, moist texture that makes these good-looking creations extra decadent, especially the hefty chocolate croissant, and the divine almond croissant gussied up with a cream topping.
The Gallery Pastry Shop
1101 E. 54th St., 317-820-5526
The burnished gloss of this SoBro bakery’s plain croissant—the breadiest of the bunch—would go well with a shot of espresso and a striped shirt. The little rolled chocolate croissant is four sweet bites of elegance.
Circle City Sweets
222 E. Market St., 317-632-3644
The City Market bakery stocks its pretty display stands with jumbo, over-the-top versions of the delicate sweet. The raspberry-and-goat-cheese croissant tastes like a highly evolved Toaster Strudel, and the massive puff with smooth, almond-spiked filling and shower of powdered sugar is well worth the mess it makes down the front of your shirt.
653 Virginia Ave., 317-686-1583
Under the glass domes at this Fletcher Place darling, plain croissants are sweet and crispy on first bite, and dark chocolate runs through the classic fat and flaky pain au chocolat. But the wee, muffin-esque kouign-amann stole our hearts, with its extra surface area for added crunchiness and a hint of crystallized sugar on top.
2721 E. 86th St., 317-843-6101
Sturdy enough to be split and slathered with the accompanying pat of salted butter, the no-nonsense crescents brought out to diners at the Ironworks Hotel breakfast spot provide the perfect morning sustenance.
Oh, we know, we know … it’s cheating. Can you blame us, though, for ordering these twisted and glazed yeast doughnuts by the dozen?