Cocola Bakery at Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA

On the morning of Sept 22, 2011, while I had an appointment at the Stanford University Hospital, I had breakfast at Cocola Bakery nearby the Stanford Shopping Center. It was around 8 AM on a Thursday morning, the store had no customers except some to-go orders. I ordered my favorite latte (USD$3.3), and a croissant with ham and cheese (USD$5.5). That was my first time at this chain store. The first sip of the latte reminds me of Roy’s Station Coffee and Teas immediately. I could taste the bitterness and sense the aroma of the coffee. It is a bit weaker than Roy’s but a bit stronger than Peet’s Coffee & Tea. As for the croissant sandwich, I have a B+. It was heated, the croissant pastry was good, brown in color and crispy. The ham was great, it was not too salty or less. It’s just right.

Besides the food itself, the store has free WiFi, very quiet (I love quiet place), very clean (I love clean), around 2500 – 3500 sq ft of space, pretty roomy. There is one flat panel TV with its volume turned off. At the top of all walls, there are famous quotes printed with the famous figure’s drawing. For example, Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Now, I can imagine that you will pay a visit at this bakery soon, right ?

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