Got a sweet tooth? We sure do. In addition to Chinese desserts like red bean soup, tangyuan and egg tarts – sometimes you’re just craving good ol’ brownies. Or a pie. Here we’ve gathered the best bakeries in or around Shenzhen that cater to the Western palate.
1. Sugar & Spice
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You may have recently heard of baker extraordinaire Angie, whose tempting sweets have infiltrated fundraisers, birthday parties and our waistlines. She started baking when she was 13 and was inspired to bake cupcakes after watching the TV show 2 Broke Girls. She loves the feeling of people enjoying her food and is widely known in Shenzhen for her custom cupcakes and cakes. Nostalgia and authenticity are two things she strives to achieve with her baked treats. Try the slutty brownies, cake jars or chocolate chip cookies – be warned, they are de-ca-dent. Order via WeChat: angie951102, or browse the selection in person at Chickadee.
2. Sims Bakery
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Sims has been a staple in Shenzhen in 2004. Their products have no added chemicals, and are made with care. For fats, New Zealand butter or extra virgin olive oil is used. You can find gluten-free bread, swiss rolls, eclairs, macaroons, cakes and cookies at this Sea World shop. Sims’ specialties are brownies and chocolate chip cookies.
Kouign amann. Image via Chickadee
In addition to stacked sandwiches and artisan bread, Chickadees serves up mean kouign-amann, cinnamon rolls, pies and palmiers. They are always experimenting with new types of pastries and have a cool outdoor space in G&G Creative Park in Shekou.
4. Bäckerei Thomas
Schneeballen. Image via Elweek
Bäckerei Thomas is a German bakery with two locations in Nanshan. In store you can find German, French, Italian and American baked bread and desserts such as pretzels, Schneeballen, pies, German cheesecake, cookies and many other Western favorites.
5. HH Gourmet
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Known for their endless varieties of New York-style bagels and accompanying cream cheeses, the artisan bakery also has English toffee, peanut brittle, cookies and scones.
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Based in Huizhou, MarySweets ships all over the Chinese mainland and Shenzhen is a regular destination. Mary specializes in keto, gluten-free, sugar-free, diabetic-friendly and vegan options. These healthy options come in the form of almond loaves, banana fruit cake loaves, chocolate cakes, peanut butter oatmeal cookies, walnut brownies and more. Contact WeChat ID: sweetsndelights to order.
Littlest Pet Shop. Image via Pollyanna CakeMe
Is your child’s 5th birthday coming up and they’d like an Iron Man-themed party? Pollyanna from CakeMe is your go to gal for fondant delights. We’re talking specialty cakes (made to look like the birthday girl/boy), cookies and more. She started CakeMe four years ago as she loves desserts, but could not find simple home-style recipes that tasted good. Contact WeChat ID: pollycakeme to order.
8. Dolce Vita by Saracino
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Dolce Vita is an Italian pilot bakery store in Shekou specializing in customized cakes for private and corporate events. In store you can find a selection of small pastries, cookies and cakes made by Pastry Chef Mariella Pentassuglia. Mariella is from Italy, and is a well-known figure in the international cake decorating scene. Contact them via WeChat (ID: wxid_b5sb36nvk6ek22).
[Cover image via Sugar & Spice/Alexander G, Chickadee, Mary Sweets]