the above sounds like self promotion?
hooray, my first posting since pre-chow.com buyout and moving to beijing.
best bakeries in beijing (that i know of):
Comptoirs de France for their pastries and tarts but not their breads
i've found their baguettes too chewy and dry - possibly attributed to the local climate and not their imperfect recipe.
South German Bakery for their breads but not their pastries
the best loaf breads i've had but really dry and too-crusty croissants and pastries. if i only lived close to take advantage of their end-of-day sales.
Kempi Deli is all around good but the tourists, the lines, the wait, the getting there and the price! what am i complaining about, it's a hotel.
21Cake and Comptoirs for cake even though i've only had them when someone else have ordered it for some special occasion -- way to pricey for regular enjoyment.
When in Wudaokou, i'll stop by Cafe Bros (a Korean chain doing Japanese-style coffeehouse fare - convoluted ain't it?) for a slice of their crepe cake. it's not to-die for but great value for a nice slice of cake. their set cheese cake are a bit sweet but not bad ... for set cheese cake.
I miss relaxing at Le Palais and the 6 kuai croissants to go at the Novotel Peace - RIP.
Any Beijing folks care to chime in?
Comptoirs de France definitely has great pastries, though I haven't tried their breads.
I have passed by Cafe Bros in Wudaokou lots of times but have always dismissed them as some run-of-the-mill trying-to-be-Western bakery, like Tous les Jours. I guess I should give their crepe cake a try.