Magnolia Bakery review

Cute bakery that does a range of tasty dishes


When you’re on a shopping trip with the kids, you need to be ready for the cries of “I’m hungry”. And when they come, it’s best to be prepared for where to go.

Dubai Festival City Mall is packed with choices when it comes to family-friendly dining. However, if you’re not after a monster burger or a giant ice cream sundae (because it’s not treat day), then there are some other options that will delight diners of all ages.

Magnolia Bakery is one of them. This cute New York bakery, which rocketed into the spotlight thanks to Carrie Bradshaw and her friends, is most famous for desserts, but the meals are excellent, too.

We visit at breakfast time on a weekend when there are plenty of families dining as there’s a special kids menu.

Feeling hungry, we opt for the Full Pan. Served up in a frying pan (why not?), this is a breakfast that will set you up for the day. We also try the avocado on toast. Served up on a slab of seeded toast, the crushed avocado is robustly seasoned and tasty, while two eggs are perfectly poached.

It would be churlish to leave without at least trying one of the world-famous desserts. Our advice? Opt for a classic cupcake or the banana pudding, you won’t regret it.
Open daily 8am-midnight. Unlicensed. Dubai Festival City Mall (04 288 1539).

The bottom line
Sweet treats and tasty brekkies.

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