Amazing Croissants Exist 20 Miles South of San Francisco

For an exemplary croissant that feels like a taste of France, follow this tip from Chowhound. Drive to the Redwood City Sofitel hotel, park near the entrance, and tell the doorman you're picking up pastries in order to avoid the parking lot fee. You can find plain, chocolate, and almond croissants for sale in the gift/snack shop, but if the display case is empty, ask if there are any squirreled away in the kitchen.

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