Straight out of the oven, the soft smell of freshly baked bread is heartwarming and fulfilling, inevitably making your mouth water especially in a cold, chilling winter morning.
Tired of buying the same kind of toast and supermarket loaf for breakfast? Mass produced bread has consistent quality, but also can be boring.
Artisan bread, on the other hand, is made with simple but fine ingredients without preservatives and becoming more popular in recent years. Though the each loaf tends to cost more, and cannot last long, many people love them for the natural taste.
Here’s a guide for trying some bakeries that craft artisan bread in Shanghai.
A Japanese bakery with French origin, the first Johan Paris was opened in Ginza Mitsukoshi in 1983.
This is one of the most interesting bakeries you can find in Shanghai. All breads are handmade and baked daily with fresh ingredients. The baguette here is relatively lighter and fluffier.
Johan has a special baguette called Mentaiko baguette, as the bread has two layers of marinated roe of pollock. The flavor is very strong, and if you are fan of Mentaiko, this one is worth trying.
The bakery also have special seasonal bread on shelf for a short period of time that experiments with different ingredients, like once there was a bun stuffed with sautéed potato, enoki mushroom and smoked duck, or bread layered with broccoli and smoked salmon.
You can find bite-sized cheesecakes, pineapple buns and chocolate croissants that sell by weigh.
Recommend: chocolate sauce swirl bun, Gugelhupf, corn pan, sea salt crispy crust roll, red bean bun, garlic baguette
This neighborhood bakery now has two store fronts that offer good quality homemade loaves, baguettes, croissants and brioches, it’s also known for the quiches.
The French style café bakery has a good vibe. Originated in Brest, France in 1976 when Louis Le Duff opened the first Brioche Doree, now it’s the second largest coffee bakery chain in the world with more than 80 shops.
Brioche Doree also serves sandwiches, pizzas, healthy salads and coffee.
Recommend: baguettes, brioche chocolate and brioche red bean
An artisanal bakery café chain based in Shanghai, Baker & Spice sells healthy bread of various kinds, from sourdoughs to Danish rye breads.The café also has a coffee and meal menu as well as homemade desserts.