Open Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm

Phone number: 6289 8736

Price Range: 120-200rmb (per person)

Dress Code: Causal

English Address: 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu

Chinese Address: 南京西路1376

Metro: Line 2 Nanjing Xi Lu or Jing’An

A cup of elegance, a teaspoon of poise and a pinch of charm makes newly opened Angelina, my next target destination. Established in 1903 by Antoine Rumpelmayer, this French boutique and tearoom was famous for its Le Mont-Blanc and signature Old-fashioned Hot Chocolate “L’Africain”, made with a mixture of four different African cocoa beans. Coco Chanel herself was known to have graced the tearoom during her resting hours.

Today, the location of the Shanghai store sits in the heart of the city next to the luxurious five star Ritz-Carlton hotel. It’s got a clean-cut outdoor patio made for spring weather (and non-polluted Shanghai days) and a small boutique at the entrance that sells chocolates, macarons and jams. Ideally, you’ll want to snag seats next to the full-length windows overlooking the streets of Nanjing Xi Lu.

Angelina’s menu covers all meals including breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Here are just a few of the selections: You can opt for set orders such as the “Angelina Breakfast” (168rmb), which includes tea/coffee/hot chocolate, juice, mini viennoiseries, a bread roll, fresh fruit salad and eggs “my way” prepared in the way you wish. The brunch set menu looks very similar priced at 238rmb. Some main courses include Angelina Hand-Cut Beef Tartare (208rmb), Smoked Salmon Linguine (138rmb), Crunchy Vegetable Risotto (128rmb) and Crusty Sea Bass Fillet (178rmb). Pastries include éclair chocolat (58rmb), Paris-New York (78rmb) and Choc Africain (78rmb).

Since our waiter told us we couldn’t go wrong with the Mont-Blanc, we decided to order the Mont-Blanc Fraise Vanille (88rmb).

The vanilla whipped cream and chestnut cream vermicelli were delightfully light. The strawberry cream center was a nice surprise. A bit too much cream for me though, I suggest sharing it among friends.

We also ordered two Tarte Citron (58rmb).

Lemon cream was thick and rich, tart shell was buttery and crisp. Would recommend to those of you who like your lemon curd flavor on the heavy side.

Thought we were only going to stick with desserts, but we put in a last minute order for two Croissants. The waiter told us it would take 40minutes to prepare because they bake it upon request.

 All I can say is, welllllllllllll worth the wait. Baked until brown, flaky and crispy, this buttery pastry melts in your mouth in seconds. We can’t get enough.

As for drinks, my cousin ordered the Iced Chocolate “L’Africain” (68rmb).

We like how this drink aims to satisfy the real chocolate lovers. The real cocoa flavors can be detected from the rather bitter taste – sweetness is not overwhelming. Would recommend to those who are dark chocolate fans.

 The rest of us got the Breakfast Tea (58rmb).

Very standard; note that the pot is not refillable here.

Overall, the highlights of this visit were the consistency of all the desserts and the authenticity of the croissants. Lovely atmosphere, will be returning soon.