M Bakery PH G/F One Bonifacio High Street Mall, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City Contact: 847-9829 Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) Filipinos love sweets. We love to end our meals with dessert, and a lot of our popular snacks are on the sweet side, too. It’s one of the reasons why New York’s Magnolia Bakery decided to open an outpost in Manila—their first in Southeast Asia—called M Bakery PH.
Magnolia Bakery has become somewhat of an institution in New York City since they opened in 1996. Known best for their signature Banana Pudding, they also catapulted to fame because of Sex and the City, which featured their delectable cupcakes. In fact, many Sex and the City-themed tours feature a stop at their original branch on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village.
The bakery soon expanded, first around the U.S. then internationally, one of the latest being this Manila branch. “We love our sweets,” says Stewart Ong, managing partner of Phil Jacobe Ventures Inc., who brought in M Bakery from the U.S. “We also have this very unique practice of pasalubong so I think M Bakery will be a good fit here.”
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The sweet vibe starts with the dainty little bakery in BGC’s new One Bonifacio High Street Mall. The quaint nook is full of pastel pinks and teal, with hand-painted labels for the freshly baked goods on display. “We wanted to keep the same vintage feel of our flagship in New York’s West Village,” says Erick Larios, director of franchise operations for Magnolia Bakery.
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Space may be tight, but the team made sure to still make the open kitchen, where customers can watch as bakers expertly frost different cakes and cupcakes, its centerpiece. “Just like in our New York shop, cupcakes here are also decorated in full view of everyone,” says Larios.