1394 N. Highland Ave. 404-872-6000. www.alons.com.
Douceur de France The first time you drive up to this little white house in an intense industrial area, you might wonder if you wrote down the wrong address. You didn't. Ring the doorbell and someone (probably Danielle Beaudet, whose chef husband Luc makes the pastries) will let you in and lead you to the pastry display. Hone in on the almond croissant and their pain de raisin, a circular pastry made from croissant dough.
367 Glover St., Marietta. 770-425-5050. www.douceurdefrance.com.
Pastries A GoGo If we had to name one model croissant in the metro Atlanta area, it would be Bob Light's. He doesn't bother with a variety of flavors - he makes plain on weekdays and adds an almond variation to the mix on the weekend. The burnished tops of his dotingly sculpted creations shatter between your teeth, and the pure taste of butter permeates your mouth. It's improbable that you'll eat just one.
250 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-373-3423. www.pastriesagogo.com.
Star Provisions Seekers of Atlanta's ultimate pain au chocolat, this is your holy grail. Star only makes croissants on Saturday. If you swing by around noon, they're often still warm from the oven and the intense, dark chocolate still slightly molten. You may want to call ahead and reserve one - they disappear rapidly.
1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-365-0410. www.starprovisions.com.