Café Bao is a little King’s Cross spot from the iconic London mini-chain, Bao. Unlike their other spots, this place is less about a confit pork-packed sit-down meal and more about picking up some delicious sweet stuff wrapped up in equally delicious steamed dough. Think cute peach-shaped red bean white chocolate bao, molten seasonal specials, and our personal favourite, the salted egg custard sad face bao. If you’re more in the mood for savoury they’ve also got a short menu of their signature baos, as well as their fun take on a pizza slice, and a certified genius steamed dough sausage roll. The space is warm but still that distinctive brand of Bao cool, so it’ll work for a casual lunch or a quick coffee. On the flip side, grabbing a couple of the classic bao, some of the baked goods, and eating it down by the canal is one of the best lowkey date ideas going.
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