I discovered a pedestrian street off of Nanjing West Road by accident. I looked up another location for Yang’s Dumpling but unfortunately wasn’t there anymore. We took the line 2 and got off at exit number 3 and we popped onto a pedestrian street!
It is a charming little street filled with places to eat and cafés. My in-laws and I were starving and ended up eating at a ramen place there and it was satisfying and affordable. I told the hubs about the Japanese ramen restaurant and he’s pretty excited to try it. Maybe we’ll go next week?
On the same pedestrian street, I immediately noticed a Bon Matín. I am not quite sure if it’s actually a Parisian company or just has a French name (good morning). Nobody actually says “bon matín” as a greeting, everyone would simply say “bonjour”. Which makes me think that this is a Shanghai thing.
My friend Alina had bought me cheesecake from Bon Matín a week ago and she claims it’s her favorite cheesecake ever. Naturally, I believed her as she has excellent taste in food but I thought to myself “maybe the best one you’ve had in China”. (Since I’m from NYC, where cheesecake is pretty awesome)
It is SO GOOD. The crust is crispy and buttery, just like a good old NY cheesecake but the filling is what was most amazing. It’s not as sweet as a normal cheesecake and it’s so velvety smooth. The hubs and I finished it in two days. Delicious. I felt a little bad because we ate the whole thing and didn’t share any with his parents. Oops. But it worked out because I bought a box while we were at the pedestrian street! It’s only 30 RMB and they have them in a box all on the counter. You’ll spot it right away when you go into the bakery.
You’ll find that Shanghai has many branches. I’ve been seeing it in a lot of malls, I just saw one at Zhong Shang Park’s Cloud Nine mall in the basement food area.
A few steps down from Bon Matín, there is a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop. I drooled and my eyes were open like a deer in headlights. The first thought I had was “MY HUSBAND IS GOING TO GIVE ME THE BIGGEST HIGH FIVE EVER” and almost simultaneously thought “OH CRAP I BET IT’S EXPENSIVE”.
It’s only 6 or 7 RMB per doughnut! Pretty much the same price as the US! I got half a dozen for breakfast and we got the original glazed doughnut. The original glazed doughnut is the best, in my opinion. The family enjoyed it and it makes me so happy that it’s so nearby our home.
I’m not a huge doughnut fan… there are only two companies that I love: Krispy Kreme and Doughnut Plant in NYC. I’m getting a little nostalgic thinking about DP in the LES with my girlfriends (NCMC). I can’t even count how many times I’ve been there with Meli. And I still remember the last time I went there with Jess, Qing, Meli, and Christina. Those doughnuts are gourmet, unique and delicious. So delicious that Meli got some to take back to Vivian! That is an awesome friend. haha
I went on a huge rambling fest. But… if you’re a little homesick (from America), swing by these two places and pick up some yummy sweets. I have to admit, the doughnut really made me smile and think of home. And thinking of home reminds me of my loved ones and just how much I miss them.