Why Koreatown’s new 85°C Bakery Cafe is worth the wait


There’s a new bakery in town that some are calling the ‘Starbucks of Taiwan’ and California Life takes you inside the bakeries grand opening in Koreatown.

85°C Bakery Cafe all began with a vision. In 2003, the cafe’s founder, Mr. Cheng-Hsueh Wu, visited a 5 star hotel cafe where he enjoyed gourmet pasties and drinks that caused him to envision a cafe with high-quality foods at an affordable price.

Today, 85°C has over 900 locations worldwide. In 2008, the first U.S. store opened in Irvine, CA. The location quickly became an overnight sensation, with over 5,000 Yelp reviews and lines out the door.

Part of what makes 85°C so unique is its wide selection of cakes, pastries, teas and smoothies with European, Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese and Spanish influence. The chefs at 85°C also prepare fresh bread every hour.

Some of the customer favorites include Brioche – a buttery, milky Japanese bread – the Cheese Dog, the Deluxe Strawberry Cake, and the Iced Milk Boba Tea.

Featured on TIME, CNN, NPR, and Travel Channel, 85°C Bakery Cafe has become a culinary phenomenon and a new cafe experience for all.

To learn more about this unique cafe that’s making waves across the nation, watch the full segment below or see it air nationwide on California Life with Heather Dawson.