Cafe Riviera

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This quaint bakery is nestled on Manhattan Avenue with a low-key and easily missed sign. It’s a traditional Polish shop that has been around for decades. It is tiny, with a handful of small tables lining the left wall. The place is filled with baked goods that take up the majority of the space.

What makes this place so unique is the breadth of sweets offered. There are breakfast items like ham & cheese croissants, danishes, and polish classics like Makowiec which is what the place is known for. Sitting aside these is a huge selection of dessert items – everything from eclairs to chocolate cake to lemon tarts.

The line is out the door in the morning and they generally do not restock many items once they run out. Because of this, customers line up early to get their favorite item. There isn’t enough seating for everyone, so many people get their food to go. Many locals consider this is a hangout spot, so there are deep roots that hold the foundation of the place.

We recommend grabbing an espresso and a ham and cheese croissant. It is also a good idea to get a bag of cookies to go.


Mon - Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm 830 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, United States Ham & Cheese Croissants
Cheese Danish
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