Snapshot: Saint Anna Bakery & Cafe in Chinatown, Chicago
I used to volunteer in a clinic in Chinatown and when we were done with the day’s patients, Saint Anna would always bring pastries and milk tea for us. There was something so fulfilling about sitting down with the whole team after a hectic morning and having hot buns and creamy drinks. We would debrief about difficult patients, ask questions about things we didn’t understand, and enjoy our snack. Saint Anna will always be associated with that learning experience, and will always have a place in my heart.
You can either order pastries to-go from the counter, or you can sit down and dine-in. You can also order cakes from them, while I was eating I saw several beautiful cakes get picked up. My favorite snacks are the egg tarts and hot dog buns, probably left over from my childhood memories of getting them. They also have a variety of buns – the pineapple and BBQ pork buns have been recommended. The hot milk tea is delicious in the winter, and the cold milk tea is refreshing in the summer.
It can sometimes be hard when it’s crowded, but be assertive and remember that you didn’t come here for a fine dining experience. Cash only, but things are cheap. Check them out on Yelp!