I know for a fact that many girls dream of coming to New York and act just as Carrie Bradshaw in the “Sex & the City” show.
Precisely, Magnolia Bakery is one of the symbols of this cult series since Carrie and her girlfriends used to often go there to eat cupcakes. I’m sure you understand that Magnolia Bakery has become an institution in New York if you’re a cupcake fan.
Where can you find a Magnolia Bakery in New York?
At the beginning, there was one location in the heart of Greenwich Village and as a matter of fact, just steps away from the set of Sex & the City. Now, after gaining notoriety, there are currently 9 locations in the US (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston) and many more in Jordan, Korea, Qatar, Saudia Arabia…!
What can you eat at Magnolia’s Bakery?
In each Magnolia Bakery, you can simply go for the cupcakes with flavors like: chocolate, lemon, vanilla, banana, carrots (very, very American), coconut and more. It’s clear that it will be a shame to pass on that 🙂
Their cupcakes are smooth, sweet as expected and of course very delicious.
At Magnolia Bakery besides cupcakes, you can also try their regular cakes, fruit tarts and you can also buy tee shirts and other souvenirs at the effigy of Magnolia.
Let me explain why I think Magnolia is not necessarily a great tip
This bakery exists since 1996 and very recently, they have expanded rapidly and unfortunately it was a little too much, too soon.
My friend and I used to go there often and unfortunately each time we’ve noticed a slight change in the quality of their products and services.
And yes, the quality of their cupcakes had suffered a bit !
We’ve noticed a small change in their marketing politic since before we would be served and were given many advice according to choices and cupcakes flavors. Since, you’ll have to choose your cupcakes alone, then go pay at the counter.
Of course, it’s still possible to get some suggestions but you’ll have to find your way around the other customers and find someone to help you. But do not get fooled, there’s always a lot of people coming to shop at this New York bakery; this is the price of success!
We’ve also noticed that before, cupcakes used to be served in a pretty small box along with homemade napkins and now, the same products are served in a regular cardboard box with simple white napkins and the whole thing is thrown in a plastic bag. It’s a shame that the bakery has lost this girly pastry side.
What to really think of Magnolia Bakery?
Why have they lost the customer approach and the girly side that used to be their main thing?
Is the business side had caught up with the Bakery while trying to expand their business?
After the cult series “Sex & the City” and the development of tourism in New York, Magnolia Bakery is a must for all tourists fans of the show. Personally, I think that the approach to this new trend has negatively changed the bakery.
Now, looking back, let’s not just say that Magnolia Bakery is a bad tip. Since the cupcakes are an American culinary tradition, it will be a shame to miss this opportunity to taste one on your next trip to New York.
Where is Magnolia Bakery
There are six bakeries in New York City:
– Bleecker St: 401 Bleecker Street, New York Ny(the first one in Greenwich Village)
– Upper West Side: 200 Columbus Avenue, New York NY
– Rockefeller Center : 1240 Avenue of the Americas, New York NY
– Grand Central Terminal: Lower Level, Dining Concourse, New York NY
– Bloomingdale’s: 1000 Third Avenue (between 59th and 60th st), New York NY
– Penn Station: 1 Penn Plaza, Lower Concourse, New York NY
I will conclude by saying that you should go to one of Magnolia bakery’s locations and see for yourself.
I personally think that the vibe of the shop located in Greenwich Village add to the flavor of your cupcake, thanks to its charming setting and the possibility to enjoy a nice stroll around the neighborhood.
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