Incredibly popular Taiwan-based chain, 85°C Bakery Café, is almost ready to open its newest Seattle-area location. The company set up shop in the Chinatown-International District, at 5th and Jackson Street, across from the Link light rail station. The chain’s openings have drawn long lines for the picturesque pastries, which make frequent social media appearances. This one will likely bring similar crowds.
The bakery’s official opening day at 501 S. Jackson St. is Friday, January 18. Doors will open to the public at 9 a.m., and the bakery will sell medium iced sea salt coffees at 10 cents each, plus give away mugs and tote bags with some purchases. Fans should keep an eye out, though, as the cafe is known to host “soft openings,” or unannounced trial runs used to train employees. There have already been a few.
Nicknamed the “Starbucks of Taiwan” for its staggering ubiquity and rabid following, 85°C specializes in such treats as iced sea salt coffee and fresh breads and pastries like the Asian-style brioche buns infused with fruit and Western-style sweets like apple pie and macarons. The chain, which has more than 1,000 stores worldwide, operates three other locations in the area, in Federal Way, Tukwila, and Lynnwood.