Magnolia Bakery is a bakery from New York City, and is said to be the bakery which started the movement of the colorfully decorated, sweet cupcakes that are now popular everywhere. The ladies in a popular American TV drama, Sex and the City were the first ones to introduce Magnolia Bakery to the greater public, and in November 2015 the first Magnolia Bakery opened its doors to the people of Hawaii in the newly expanded Ewa side of the Ala Moana Center.
New York City to Honolulu
On November 12th, the first Magnolia Bakery opened its doors to a much anticipated crowd of people in Hawaii at the newly expanded section of the popular shopping center, Ala Moana Center in Honolulu. Now, people of Hawaii no longer need to travel all way to New York City, but can taste the sweet cupcakes and pastries from this brand new bakery here in Hawaii.
Much anticipation on the grand opening day!
Besides from Magnolia Bakery, there were a few other stores that were brand new to Hawaii, such as Agent Provocateur, The North Face, Zara, and Bloomingdales to just name a few. However, with the increasing popularity of Magnolia Bakery it is no wonder that there was a long line of people waiting to get the taste of New York City. For the entire day of the grand opening, and the following days, people were lining up under the Hawaiian heat for 30 minutes, and longer, happily waiting to try their first Magnolia Bakery here in Hawaii.
Perfect for a party!
Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes start from 3.50 USD each for classics, and 3.75 USD each for specialty cupcakes, and are decorated with colorful frostings that are perfect for a party! Of course, if you want to get one or two for your afternoon tea, that is absolutely fine, but these colorful cupcakes will definitely get a lot of attention, and will be a topic to discuss at a party. Each month, they choose a set of cupcakes for each day of the week, so you might want to check what they have on the day of your visit, before going for the usual at other cupcake stores.
If you are not so much of a cupcake person, don’t worry! You can also choose to get other pastries, such as pies and cookies, so there is something for everyone to try. In addition, you can simply get a coffee to enjoy a little break after running around, shopping at Ala Moana Center in the small section of the outdoor café area under the sun.
Breakfast all day at Magnolia Bakery!
At the newly expanded Ala Moana Center, there are actually two sections of the Magnolia Bakery to be discovered. Yes, there are two separate lines of people waiting at Magnolia Bakery. Thus, make sure you line up to the appropriate one. The one in the center of the new section of the shopping center’s open space is a take-out place where you can order cupcakes, other pastries, and drinks to go, or have a break in the small outdoor café section. If you want to really sit down and enjoy a meal, as well as sweets in an air-conditioned space, you should then line up to the restaurant section of Magnolia Bakery where you can sit down and dine, enjoying breakfast all day! They offer anything from egg dishes, pancakes, skillets, and pies as well as a variety of mocktails and kids drinks. This would be a great place to sit down together as a family before, or after, all day shopping at Ala Moana Center.
The taste of New York at Ala Moana Center in Hawaii
The grand opening of the newly expanded Ala Moana Center has been highly anticipated as it has created a rather stressful traffic situation for some time for those who live in the area. However, many are excited and surprised at how lovely it is, and Magnolia Bakery has for sure been of those highly anticipated additions to the shopping center.
It is likely to be busy in the following months, as it is hard to say no to something so sweet and lovely, like cupcakes with colorful frostings. The cupcakes are also more affordable than the expensive brand bags for any travelers, even on a budget. Located in the center of the Ewa section of Ala Moana Center, it is hard to miss this bakery. You can see pastry chefs decorating cupcakes in front of you, and you’ll surely be curious to find out what it tastes like.