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!