Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou Unveils Newly Transformed Mandarin Cake Shop

By That's Guangzhou, August 8, 2023

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Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou, proudly announces the grand reopening of The Mandarin Cake Shop, following an extensive renovation that showcases a harmonious fusion of Lingnan culture and 19th-century British art. Located in the hotel lobby, the rejuvenated space, meticulously designed by CCD, a renowned firm deeply rooted in Oriental culture, pays homage to the enthralling beauty of Lingnan, captivating guests with its Oriental aesthetics and modern techniques.

Mr. Eric Blomeyer, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou, said, "It is my great pleasure to announce the much-anticipated reopening of The Mandarin Cake Shop. This revitalised space beautifully embodies our dedication to creating exceptional guest experiences. Building upon traditional elements of the Orient with the modern identity of 'new China,' the redesigned shop is a testament to the harmonious blend of tradition and innovation."

"We invite our esteemed guests to immerse themselves in the enchanting ambiance of The Mandarin Cake Shop and its legendary services and embark on a culinary journey that pays homage to our Oriental roots while embracing global influences."

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Green and Spacious Interior Design

Drawing inspiration from the mesmerising Lingnan culture prevalent in the region, The Mandarin Cake Shop is a nostalgic reflection of the enchanting Lingnan gardens portrayed in the 19th-century British printmaker Thomas Allom's artwork. The deep influence of Lingnan's cultural heritage is uniquely characterised by its harmonious interplay with the subtropical monsoon climate, abundant sunshine, and rainfall, embodied in green colours that seamlessly integrate various elements to create a natural and immersive spatial sequence that has been meticulously crafted.

As visitors enter the cake shop through the green porch entrance, they are instantly transported into an elongated corridor that leads to a breathtakingly open interior space. Its high ceilings further enhance its spaciousness, together with the harmonious green tones that are found in the chairs and walls, contributing to a relaxing and inviting atmosphere for guests. Such a profound connection between the bakery, the lobby, and the surrounding environment creates a seamless transition from urban life to the embrace of nature. This deliberate design enables visitors to experience the dynamic interplay of space, evoking a sense of movement and ever-changing scenery and forming a vital part of the garden design sequence.

Using modern architectural language, the revitalised space beautifully replicates the Haishan fairy houses of the 19th century in the South of the Five Ridges. The integration of GaoSong's metal bucket-arched porches and landscape-inspired living spaces creates a memorable spatial portrait. This fusion creates a truly unique and immersive experience that combines the timeless elegance of Lingnan classical gardens with modern aesthetics.

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Legendary Jewellery-style Displays for Artisanal Pastry and Confectionary Creations

The Mandarin Cake Shop continues its tradition of excellence by offering exquisitely designed cakes, presented individually in freestanding jewellery-style displays that make for a stunning centrepiece for any celebration. Guests can delight in an extensive selection of elaborate confections, including French macarons, hand-made chocolates, and luxury hampers.

Guests can also experience the creativity of our pastry artisan with the iconic afternoon tea — a symphony of exquisite savoury treats and desserts, from delicate finger sandwiches and smoked salmon with caviar, to dainty macarons and luscious cakes, all thoughtfully curated by our pastry chefs. For more casual affairs, patrons can indulge in a wide range of premium baked goods, pastries, tailor-made sandwiches, and signature coffee, hot chocolate, or tea, perfect for takeaway or enjoying within the charming ambiance of The Mandarin Cake Shop.

For special occasions, our skilled pastry team designs and crafts a wide selection of artisanal cakes, accompanied by a selection of fabulous hampers. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, or any cherished moment, our range of cakes and hampers will add an extra touch of elegance and indulgence to elevate your celebration.

Designed to cater to the growing number of international residents calling Guangzhou home, The Mandarin Cake Shop serves as a fashionable Western-style addition to the city's culinary landscape. It showcases Mandarin Oriental's commitment to offering exceptional experiences that seamlessly blend Oriental heritage with global influences.

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Located on the lobby level across from the reception, The Mandarin Cake Shop is open daily from 9am to 8pm. For enquiries, please call +86 (20) 3808 8886 or email mogzh-cakeshop@mohg.com.

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