Dominique Ansel Bakery

 
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Gays love Cronuts and kouign-amanns
London outlet for world-recognised Paris-born patissier auteur Dominque Ansel, best known for his signature creation, the Cronut® (croissant/doughnut hybrid). This airy, bright and smiley-cheery branch opened October 2016, six years after the New York City launch in Soho, and operates as a café with savoury options (welsh rarebit croissant, avocado toast, croque monsieur etc) and the usual urban hot and cold beverages. But it's the sweet stuff that provides the raison d'être, with plenty of life beyond the Cronut, notably the yummy sugary-buttery kouign-amann (branded by Ansel as DKA, with 'D' denoting Dominque). Canalés are also an excellent option, plus almond croissants, extra-moist brownies, pistachio rose bostocks and much more. And if cash is not a concern, the trek to this Belgravia/Victoria-border nether region will not be a bother. Whereas it might struck some as a preposterously pricey pick of pastries. Tube stations: Sloane Square and Victoria. Less flashy Paris-origin colleague Poilâne is just a few doors away at no. 46.

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