On the small, bougie commercial street that runs between Xingfu and Panyu Lu (it's called Xingfu Li) there’s a badass Boulanger & Glacier called Luneurs that is putting out some of the best baked goods in Shanghai, and what I think is perhaps the best ice cream in town. It does that at super fair prices and in a stylish space, too.
The store has a very shareable centerpiece – everything from the bakery menu set up on a stone counter, presented like a plundered artefect at the British Museum. Good for photos. It gets busy, but the line moves quickly. Regardless, there isn’t much seating aside from a bench along the left-hand wall and some outdoor tables, so be prepared to wait a little to perch, or to just grab and go.
The baked sweets and treats are all excellent, from the croissants (RMB 14) to the French apple pastries (RMB 20). They have a couple of savory croissants and sandwiches too, which I’m yet to try.
The ice cream, though, is seriously top-notch. It’s not even worth explaining too much – it’s just really, really good ice cream. My go-to is the vanilla and blackberry, but everything in the limited, occasionally rotating selection – from chocolate to salted caramel and biscuit to Earl Grey tea – are killer. Also, they make the cones fresh.
It’s the best I’ve had in town, and it’s not even close. Get some.
Price: RMB 20 - RMB 30 for ice cream, RMB 14 and up for baked stuff
Summary: Stellar, stylish and popular independent bakery and ice cream parlor. Serves up a limited menu of exemplary baked treats and a rotating selection of ice cream flavors – the latter is some of the best in town. Seating is limited and it can get busy, so don’t go expecting to hang around.
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