There was a day in Shanghai which I spent roaming alone, as my dad had flew back to Hong Kong for work and mom was having a classmates gathering. Walking amidst sparkling office towers and nostalgic back alleys, I was marveling at the metropolis's rapid changes. Strolling further down the shopping belt of 淮海路 soon brought me to 新天地!
新天地 is a cluster of stone houses that had been preserved by the local government. Converted to cafes, restaurants and pubs (Lawry's and Paulaner Brahaus are found here!), it is a popular hangout among expatriates and young locals alike, with people lazing away the afternoon with a cup of tea and comes night, blaring live bands and loud gatherings with beer in hand. Wanting to take a break and reluctant to settle on regular Starbucks and Coffee Bean joints, I was delighted to find Paul Patisserie!
While it was a pity that the Al-Fresco area was full, the interior seatings wasn't too bad either, with the wooden decor and violin background music giving a comfortable homely feel. I still managed to get a good spot beside the large glass window!
Chocolate Macaron (RMB 38), Latte (RMB 28)
Boy that was one huge macaron! About the size of a mug coaster, I couldn't resist ordering when I saw it sitting at the cake counter! The crust layer didn't crumble easily and had a good soft chew to it. Layer of chocolate spread was thick, smooth and creamy, but did get abit overly sweet towards the end. While it was a little pricey (more expensive than cake slices in fact), I guess it would be alright to be shared by two!
As always, a warm cup of Latte pleased me and nicely accompanied the macaron indulgence.
With nowhere to rush to, I thoroughly enjoyed myself in its tranquility, sipping away my latte and taking bites at the macaron, doing nothing but daydreaming and peaple-watching. It was a good one hour break before I move on with my exploration, refreshed and ready-to-go. If you have the luxury of time, do drop by for a cuppa!
Paul Patisserie @ 新天地, Shanghai Unit 1, Building 17, Lane 181 Taicang Road