What's cooking this week: world's best croissants can be found in Cape Town

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17 September 2020 - 08:54
Some of Coco Safar's delectable croissants, rated among the best in the world.
Some of Coco Safar's delectable croissants, rated among the best in the world.
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The well-respected, American-based epicurean publication Food & Wine isn't wrong in naming Cape Town's Coco Safar as the makers of some of the best croissants in the world — I can vouch for the perfection of their pastries.

This upmarket bakery in Sea Point was lauded as such in a recent article titled “Lamination: The Art of the Perfect Croissant”, where it was listed along with establishments in Tokyo, Australia and Paris, of course.

While visiting Coco Safar I felt like a child in a sweet shop trying to choose between their seven different varieties of croissant — from classic butter to raspberry lychee rose — each as tempting as the next.

My favourite? A chocolate hazelnut croissant. Golden-brown on the outside, it was cloaked in generous chocolate studded with hazelnuts. Inside were feather-light, crispy, flaky pastry layers — lots of them — made with real butter that just melted in my mouth.

Coco Safar is based in the Artem Centre (277 Main Road). For more details visit their website.

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