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Taiwanese 85°C Bakery Cafe Now Open in Downtown LA

Downtown LA's first 85 Degrees Taiwanese bakery is now open at Wilshire and Hope

It’s here! The much loved Taiwanese bakery 85ºC is officially open in Downtown LA at the corner of Wilshire and Hope in the heart of the Financial District. A soft opening event yesterday attracted hundreds of downtown office workers and residents as they lined up excited to try out the delicious pastries and drinks the bakery is known for (each person was allowed to choose three free items as part of the soft opening event). The line stretched half way down the block along Wilshire Blvd with many I spoke to in line trying 85 Degrees for the first time. Judging by the happy smiles on everyone’s faces, I wouldn’t be surprised if the bakery just gained a whole bunch of new regular customers.

Back in January, DTLA Rising announced that 85 Degrees was opening and it only took six months for the 2,000 square foot store to open. The international chain from Taiwan, which opened its first location in Taipei in 2004, has been growing in popularity here in the Los Angeles area. Once customers enter the store, they grab a tray with tongs, and can choose from an extensive selection of sweet and savory pastries that are nicely displayed in clear cases against the wall. Popular items include sugared cream cheese brioche, bread with spicy green onion and chicken, and my personal favorite, the very yummy egg tarts (yes, including the sweeter Portuguese version). In addition, you can order tea, coffee, and of course, boba.

85°C Bakery Cafe in Downtown LA will launch with hours from 6 am to 10 pm Monday thru Saturday and 8 am to 10 pm on Sundays, and will likely adjust those hours based on customer demand in the next several weeks. The bakery is also looking for more downtown locations, so expect more to open in the coming years. Kudos to DTLA broker, Eon Lew, for making the deal happen!

Hundreds of downtowners waited in line during the soft opening on Thursday, June 9

Hundreds of downtowners waited in line during the soft opening on Thursday, June 9

85 Degrees Bakery is now open in Downtown LA

85 Degrees Bakery is now open in Downtown LA

Downtown office workers and residents have a new place to go for their pastry fix

Downtown office workers and residents have a new place to go for their pastry fix

A wide variety of sweet and savory pastries line the wall

A wide variety of sweet and savory pastries line the wall

Customers grab a tray and tongs and choose from a wide variety of pastries

Customers grab a tray and tongs and choose from a wide variety of pastries

My favorite yummy egg tarts

My favorite yummy egg tarts

Spicy green onion chicken

Spicy green onion chicken

Customers can order drinks like tea, coffee, and of course, boba

Customers can order drinks like tea, coffee, and of course, boba

A small seating area in the front

A small seating area in the front

The new 85 Degrees will do great by helping to further activate this corner of Wilshire and Hope

The new 85 Degrees will do great by helping to further activate this corner of Wilshire and Hope

6 Comments

  1. Shahbaz says

    I’ve been waiting for this day for years! Thanks Brigham for the exciting news :)
    Lets hope this part of DTLA gets activated more now that this 85° bakery is open late into the night (as opposed to what has been in that area).

  2. Syb says

    How does this place compare to Paris Baguette, which is sort of hit and miss? The style looks similar.

  3. bob devin jones says

    Please can there be one day a month perhaps, when the first comment is not a negative. comparisons are generally odious, I happen to like Paris Baguette and I am fairy certain I will enjoy 85 degrees. The re-urbanization of DTLA is nothing short of miracle and I for one am ready to harvest the blessings, which I might add are pretty fulsome at this moment…
    bob devin

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