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Perfect during winter

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.


Cute wall display


Gotta love the interior!

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.


Treats on display


Pain au chocolat

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.


Latte, for 40RMB

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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Ambiance: 8.5/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 8/10
Verdict: Really good pain au chocolat and decent coffee to match.


Farine Bakery

Farine Boulangerie
1 F, Ferguson Lane,
378 Wukang Lu, near Taian Lu,
Xuhui district
Business hours: 7am-8pm daily

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KY April 11, 2014 - 11:38 am

ok to be honest, i didn’t expect shanghai to look like this.

Bangsar Babe April 11, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Me neither KY. I love the restaurants and vibe along Former French Concession. :D

Nathelie April 13, 2014 - 10:25 pm

I went to Shanghai last year, but never see this restaurant thought, it surprised me while read this blog!

Sanjeev April 14, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Ok, noted on this. bookmarked. hehe

Phyllicia April 15, 2014 - 10:37 pm

If I were there, I’d be like a kid in a candy store. I love cafes especially ones like these.


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