85 Degrees

85 Degrees Bakery Cafe in Irvine

Man, I was stuffed after Friday night’s dinner! Eve though I couldn’t fit another morsel in, I made room for 85 Degrees Bakery Cafe, the most hyped bakery in Irvine and Orange County.

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Described as “The Starbucks of Taiwan,” 85 Degrees, a popular Asian (and subsequently, Australian) chain actually reminds me more of Los Angeles’ Porto’s…

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…meets Korea’s Paris Baguette?

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Take a tray and pack it with goodies – some people were obviously experts.

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Super crowded with never-ending long lines. Here are some treats that looked appealing to me. Chocolate Cake Toast – a chocolate sponge cake and white toast with rum raisins.

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Half-Moon Coconut Cake – soft vanilla sponge cake with cream, coated with coconut shavings.  Yum!

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Also, there were some more “interesting” options.  Actually, I am pretty curious about this Japanese Calamari Stick, made from Squid Ink with white cheddar cheese inside and garlic spread on top.

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My Mom and Dad shared a chocolate croissant and freaked out.

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Then they hopped on line for another one to bring home.

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I’ve got it wrapped tightly in the freezer. Had another serious evening of eats last night so that guy won’t be making an appearance again for a little while!

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10 thoughts on “85 Degrees

  1. Lisa

    Even though I lived in LA for my entire life, I haven’t even attempted 1/8th of what you’ve tried. Even Porto’s or 85C! Oooh but I have tried JJ Bakery since I live a block away from it. Have you? It’s delish!

  2. Alice

    Hey Lin! Glad to see you hanging around familiar places! To be honest, 85 Degrees might be a bit hyped. JJ Bakery still remains my favorite when it comes to Taiwanese bakeries. 🙂

    If you’re ever in Irvine or Arcadia again, I highly recommend Liang Mama’s Kitchen. Their hand-pulled noodles are really delectable!

    Hope you have a great day!

    1. Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds

      @ Alice: I love hand-pulled noodles! The texture makes such a difference!

      @ Lynn: I thought I would miss 85 Degrees so much when I moved to China… but it turns out 85 Degrees is everywhere! In Shenzhen alone… I’ve spotted at least SIX locations. This makes me very happy 🙂

  3. Floey

    I would pass by this place all the time when I was in school, and there was always a Disneyland-long-line outside! My friends swear by their taro bread and sea salt coffee.

  4. Lucy (Beyond Bourke Street)

    The 85 Degrees bakeries we have in Australia have these AMAZING bread/cookie sticks. They’re hard as rocks, but perfect for dunking into coffee. A little like biscotti! Highly recommended. I also like their Japanese cheesecake, sugar toasts, and fluffy, super-soft breads 😀

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