Despite its name, Chill Bake is not in fact a place to purchase marijuana related products. You’ll be pleasantly misled to a quiet little cafe (emphasis on the little) that serves up picture perfect desserts (namely the Japanese-style cake rolls) paired with coffee and tea. It might not look like much, but that’s kind of the point. A popular aesthetic among the trendy crowd these days, aspiring to a simple life, minimal decor, a cozy escape from the city, a place for people to savor the little moments in life.
Chill Bake is situated in Yancheng District, a stone’s throw from the popular Pier2 pedestrian area, and right behind Sunny Hills, but on a remarkably quiet street. The entrance is nondescript, blending in with the residential buildings — you have to know what you’re looking for. Inside, a few tables fill up the largely unadorned space. A chalkboard menu lists out the day’s cakes, which often feature seasonal fruits and flavors. It’s quiet as everyone huddles around their desserts, sheltered from the hot sun as they post proof of their “afternoon tea” on the internet.
Go here for: an afternoon pick me up
Order this: whatever cake sounds good (strawberry, matcha and caramel tend to be popular and available throughout the year)
Amount of time to spend: about an hour, their time limit is 90 minutes, but the small space doesn’t really lend itself to lingering for long
When to come: the earlier the better, they sell out of items pretty quickly
Getting here: take the orange line to Yanchenggpu station or the light rail to Love Pier Station
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Last visited: April 2019
Last updated: November 2020