1. Lost Bakery
What is it: Modern and clean looking, Lost Bakery offers an assortment of pastries, deserts, and bread at affordable prices. Raspberry tarts, croissants, and rolls are all under 20rmb. Desert items such as eclairs and slices of cake are around 40rmb. They also sell baguettes and flavored breads made with fig, walnut, and olives. Drinks include smoothies, juices, coffee, and tea. An Americano is 25rmb.
First Impressions: The quiet ambiance and nice selection of drinks and pastries makes a good fit for an afternoon with a laptop or a book.
2. Al's Baking Co.
What is it: Sugar is the keyword here. Al's Baking Co. sells cakes, cookies, pies, donuts, scones, muffins, cupcakes, and Gracie's ice cream. Smaller items are under 20rmb. Slices of cake are around 50rmb. They also have something called a coffee maple bacon pecan donut that sell out fast, available on weekends. For coffee, they have Americanos and Lattes. In October, a second Al's Diner opens upstairs with an original menu.
First Impressions: Small, but a good spot to fulfill all your sweet tooth desires.
3. Bread Etc.
What is it: A mod-ish French Bakery opened just yesterday at 500 Xiangyang Lu. They start with freshly baked bread served in bountiful piles in baskets right when you walk in the door. From there, they unfold into cafe, cocktails, pizza, and more. An ambitious project, in addition to a massive on-site kitchen and bakery, they've got a big, open concept dining area plus patio setting. The bakery does loafs, buns, croissants, and pastries, and from there their offerings delve into a range of dine-in options: salads (70rmb-100rmb or so), pizzas (65rmb-95rmb), hot & cold sandwiches (around 30rmb for half; 55rmb for a whole), brunch egg dishes (75rmb-95rmb), including bourikas and Shakshouka (around 75-100rmb), a range of coffees (20rmb-30rmb), juices, and cocktails.
First Impressions: Bright, open, airy, simple, clean, neat, unpretentious. Could see it working really nicely as brunch spot. Things I like: 1) It's in a classic Shanghainese neighborhood with kids and families running around in a bustling street. That's great for Saturday afternoon strolls. 2) The price points don't feel too outrageous. 3) Menu options are super simple and super straightforward.