85°C Bakery Opens to Success

New Branch in Newark Attracts Many Customers

Priscilla Ng

Staff Writer

    Popular Taiwanese chain 85°C Bakery recently opened its new branch in the Lido Shopping Center off Newark Boulevard.

    The chain has bakeries in Taiwan, China, Australia, and the US;  85°C Bakery is well-known for its variety of pastries, bread, and coffee.

    “I heard of the bakery opening a year or two ago when my family talked to the owner of 85°C in Irvine,” junior Eric Chiou said. “He was planning to open a few more within Los Angeles and one near Newark. We’ve been waiting ever since.”

Other students also excitedly waited for the new store to open, hoping to eat foods that are not easily available in other stores.

“I went to the Taiwan and Irvine [bakeries] before so when I heard one was opening here, I thought, ‘Yes! Good food in my neighborhood now,’” senior Lena Yen said. “They sell a huge range of bread, mostly Asian-styled ones, drinks, and cakes. I really love their blueberry bread.”

On top of offering many options of pastries, the prices for items are affordable as well.

    “The prices are pretty reasonable. Most of their stuff is between one to three dollars,” senior Belle Lee said. “Their bread is only slightly more expensive than the other bakeries around, but that’s probably because the quality is really good- all of their bread is fresh out of the oven.”

    In fact, the store has been so popular among customers that students have, more than once, endured lengthy wait times, including up to three hours the opening week.

 On top of the many bread choices, 85°C Bakery offers various dessert choices, such as the Fruit Jelly Cup. According to the company’s website, 85°C Bakery makes more than twenty different varieties of cakes alone. “My favorite 2 drinks would be Sea Salt Jasmine, and 85C Coffee Jelly Milk Tea,” Choiu said. “Their Black Forrest and Tiramisu cakes are pretty good too.”

On top of the many bread choices, 85°C Bakery offers various dessert choices, such as the Fruit Jelly Cup. According to the company’s website, 85°C Bakery makes more than twenty different varieties of cakes alone. “My favorite 2 drinks would be Sea Salt Jasmine, and 85C Coffee Jelly Milk Tea,” Choiu said. “Their Black Forrest and Tiramisu cakes are pretty good too.”

    “The wait times can get a bit ridiculous and there’s a lot of chaos once you enter that medium-sized room,” Chiou said. “But it’s worth it for the food, as I’ve gone at least ten times already!”

On top of the baked goods, students seem to appreciate the staff and service at  85°C Bakery as well.

    “Their workers and cashiers are super nice and helpful.” Lee said. “The wait time is getting better too! I didn’t have to wait for very long when I went again this past weekend.”

Aside from the purchasing area, the medium-sized store includes an area where customers can sit down to enjoy their pastries and drinks.

    “I think it’s a great place to hang out with friends. It’s really clean and the workers are really nice, like they bring out any bread that you ask for,” Yen said. “It can get a bit noisy, with all the workers yelling “Fresh bread!” [the 85°C Bakery slogan], but I definitely recommend that people go and try it out.”

With positive reviews from multiple students, 85°C Bakery seems like it will be the new place to hang out during the upcoming Winter Break.

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