Find the best kouign amann in Austin, Texas. This French pastry is a must-try!
My mom gave me my love of pastries. When I was a kid, we regularly visited a French bakery on Saturdays and come home with a box of pastries. Sometimes, half of the box’s contents was already gone by the time we arrived home. One of the pastries I loved was the palmier, a heart-shaped cookie-like pastry that was crunchy, caramelized, and sweet. While it’s been a long time since I’ve had one of those, one of my favorite pastries – the kouign amann – is a strong reminder of the palmier.
What is Kouign Amann?
First, you’re probably wondering how to pronounce the name: Kween Ah-mahn. I love the crisp flakiness of the pastry, the buttery layers, and the sweet, caramelized crisp on the outside. Similar to puff pastry or a croissant, the kouign amann is light and fluffy with many layers. Kouign amann has layers of butter and sugar on the inside and caramelized sugar on the outside. The flavor is similar to a palmier, the very crispy, heart-shaped pastry.
Where to Find Kouign Amann in Austin, TX
Kouign Amann isn’t as readily available as a variety of croissants, cinnamon rolls, and other pastries. No matter which restaurant or café you visit, be sure to go early because the kouign amann is bound to sell out! Here’s where you can find kouign amann in Austin.
Manaña and Café No Se
Part of the South Congress Hotel, Manaña and Café No Se are a coffee shop and restaurant, respectively, that serves a delectable kouign amann. The South Congress Hotel complex is a design lover’s eye candy, and beautiful spaces and vignettes are around every corner. Opt to sit down for breakfast at Café No Se or grab a kouign amann to-go at Manaña.
Address: 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Known for their brunch (though also open all day), Josephine House is a charming and bright house in Clarksville. The restaurant reminds me of a leisurely Sunday morning and their beautiful marble bar filled with pastries makes me wonder about heaven. Josephine House is part of the Mcguire Moorman Hospitality restaurant group, which also owns my next recommendation for kouign amann.
Address: 1601 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX 78703
Elizabeth Street Café
This cute and upscale Vietnamese café and French bakery is one of the most photographed restaurants in town. While there are mixed reviews of the authenticity of the Vietnamese food served, they are also known for their pastries, including the kouign amann. Elizabeth Street Café is also part of the Mcguire Moorman Hospitality restaurant group.
Address: 1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
While Pieous is famous for their pizza and pastrami, their sister bakery Pie-e-tea is next door creating its own following for its pastries. They have a nice patio for indulging in your pastries, or if you’re going for a meal at Pieous, get your pastries beforehand for dessert. Pieous also has a patio area.
Address: 12005 US-290, Austin, TX 78737
Know any other bakeries or restaurants in Austin where I could find kouign amann? I’d love to know!
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P.S. See where I go for the best pastries in Austin in this post.
P.S.S. Want to try making kouign amann yourself? Check out this helpful video!