by Lauren Kim
Hidden between a San Gabriel plaza and a gas station, it is tricky to spot the café at first glance. Upon entering the shop, customers are met with a veranda of abundant vines and dainty flowers, a warm welcome. The interior is also decorated with dried flowers and more green plants.
Since the café is small, the atmosphere is quiet and cozy, making it a calm environment for people who choose to study, with seating either inside or outside on the front patio.
Café selections use fresh flowers and fruits as ingredients and they also serve premium hand-crafted coffee. The menu includes a variety of choices from brewed coffee, cold brew, tea latte, tea fusion, bakery, barista’s special and more. The high quality of their food is apparent through their fruit soda and Mille matcha (powdered green tea) crepe cake, which are both highly recommended.
The fruit soda is priced at $5.50 and consists of small chunks of oranges and strawberries. The fizz of the soda is refreshing and it contains a plentiful amount of fruit. The drink is not too carbonated or sweet.
A single slice of a Mille matcha crepe cake is $7. The cake is layered with multiple crispy, caramelized crepes and creamy green tea fillings. The cake is accompanied by some fruit and strawberry sauce to add more flavor. Although the price is expensive for a single cake, the dessert has a delicious taste and is not overly sweet.
One can quickly order desserts and drinks from the friendly staff members. Wait times are usually short.
Other drinks and cakes are either flower-flavored or decorated with flowers, so customers can often be seen snapping pictures of the pretty foods.
Café Floret not only specializes in coffee and tea, but it specializes in flowers. The owner of the café has taken a unique approach, joining the floral and culinary arts as she also works as a florist. More information on the floral arrangements and café is available by calling (626) 872-0012.
The café offers 10% off for all drinks for those who check-in to Café Floret on Yelp.
Café Floret is located at 1841 S. San Gabriel Blvd. in San Gabriel. The menu prices range from $2 to $7.50. They are open from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.