Perfect  and consistent food experiences are hard to find.  The almond croissant from this French patisserie has nearly brought tears to my eyes time after time. 

A crispy outer layer emits an audible crackle as your teeth sink in peeling away thin flakes.  Just underneath this crunchy exterior you meet airy layers of dough.  Soft, pull-apart, buttery dough.  At the center of the almond variety is a fragrant, sweet paste that has eased and oozed against the unforgettable innermost layers.  The memory of my last bite lingers for weeks.  This croissant romances me better than a Frenchman along la bord de la Seine.

The talented, married duo Dimitri and Kelly Fayard own Vanille Patisserie in Chicago.  I have had the great fortune of watching Kelly create her masterful wedding cakes that are not only visually stunning but memorably delicious.  And, I have heard great tales of Dimitri and his chocolate and sugar sculpture.  Macaroons, tarts, wedding cakes, mousse cakes, pate de fruit, pain au chocolat…. are you convinced?

Go here:   Vanille Patisserie, 2229 North Clybourn, Chicago, Illinois, 773-868-4574

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13 Responses to “Chicago – Vanille Patisserie”

  1. Kerry Says:

    They are also downtown at the French Market. I stop for pain au chocolot at Vanille every time I’m over there. Too good!

  2. CC in St Paul Says:

    Do they ship these? I went to their website and it appears not… :( Used to live near here in Chicago!! I am lamenting the fact that I can’t walk there and have one…

  3. stephen Says:

    My mouth just hit my desk.. can I get that with a side of milkshake.

  4. Caroline Says:

    Kerry – Yes! Thank you, I forgot to mention the French Market.

    CC – Sadly, I don’t believe they ship the croissants – but stop in when you are in Chicago again.

    Stephen – my treat, with milkshake when I see you next in the windy city :)

  5. Heather @ chiknpastry Says:

    haven’t been yet but have heard many great things! i need to hit up the french market for lots of stores, so maybe i’ll head out this weekend :)

  6. Julie Says:

    I recently discovered Vanille Patisserie (as luck would have it, on my birthday!) and everything we had there was lovely. I love that they are in the French Market also, as my husband can now easily make macaroon runs for me. I’ll have him pick up an almond croissant next time! They look amazing!

  7. gemma Says:

    Oh my! These look amazing. I have to make a trip over there soon. Thanks for the recommendation!

  8. Ebony Says:

    I am glad I keep up with whipped….because I didn’t know about this. What elese are you holding out on me???

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  12. Phoebe Says:

    I am always looking for new places to visit in chicago and this sounds absolutely yummy. I am over that way all the time and now have another reason to visit. Thanks for the heads up :)

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