One of the highlights of my Shanghai trip was my visit to Farine Boulangerie, located in Wukang Lu, former French Concession. I liked the area – the buildings showcased a range of architecture, from French Renaissance, Art Deco, English and Mediterranean, surrounded by large trees.
Farine is said to serve the best pain au chocolat in Shanghai so I knew that was something I needed to try for myself. The interior reminds me of the bakeries in Paris – large windows, open space and coffee bar – with the smell of freshly baked goods wafting in the air.
Prices are steep. I paid 18RMB /RM9.40 for a pain au chocolat and 40RMB / RM20.80 for a cup of latte. But it was the best pain au chocolat I’ve eaten; buttery croissant dough wrapped around sticks of chocolate and baked to perfection. It was decently plump, flaky and melt-in-the-mouth delicious.
The latte is pretty decent – courtesy of an espresso maker from Seattle and premium fresh roasted coffee beans. I would have loved to sit at the patio as it offered a lovely view of Wukang street, but it was -1 degrees and I’m a winter wuss.
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Verdict: Really good pain au chocolat and decent coffee to match.
1 F, Ferguson Lane,
378 Wukang Lu, near Taian Lu,
Business hours: 7am-8pm daily