When I lived in Lyon I had three guilty pleasures: chocolate éclairs, quiche Lorraine and almond croissants. Loved these Frence classics then, still love them now. Unfortunately it’s a hassle to find good substitutes in Amsterdam, especially when it comes to almond croissants. I looked for them all over town and found the ultimate almond croissant at Simon Meijssen: a huge light crescent-pastry of perfectly airy dough filled with a heavy dose of almond paste. Wow, hello, gorgeous! How you’re doing? I bet life is good with powder sugar and almond flakes on top. Really, this almond beauty almost made me sing a love song. How often do you meet the perfect match? It’s not a big surprise that I found this dairy butter queen at Meijssen. This famous Amsterdam bakery (est. 1910) is known to deliver to the Dutch royal household. Apart from the superb almond croissants, you shouldn’t miss the cheese ones straight out of the oven. Hangover food par excellence.
Almond croissant, one, €2.30
Van Baerlestraat 23, South. Other branches: check website
+31 (0) 20 675 71 36
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 7.30am-6pm