30 Best Mooncakes in Bangkok: The Ultimate Guide for 2019
As the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches on September 13, 2019, hotels, restaurants, and cafés everywhere are offering their spectacular spin of mooncakes. To make sure their seasonal snacks measure up to last year’s, these venues are bringing out their very best in terms of taste, creativity, and presentation.
But beyond that, there’s the show-stopping packaging, and the competition here is very tough. Each brand features ornate boxes, cases, and even handbags that can count as a collection on their own or be repurposed for other uses.
Observed mainly by the Chinese, the Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the full moon of the 8th month on the lunar calendar. People, especially women, celebrate by setting ceremonial tables and worshipping the moon. It’s believed that praying on the festival night will grant you glowing beauty like the celestial body itself.
In the spirit of the upcoming festival, we’ve brought you 30 best mooncakes in Bangkok. Whether you’re getting them for the ceremony, as a gift for someone, or just to enjoy the scrumptious once-a-year treat, scroll right down to see where to buy them.
The Okura Prestige Bangkok
To kick off this list, we have The Okura Prestige’s jumbo-sized mooncakes. Renowned for their exquisite flavor, these cakes have a soft, thin crust and are packed with smooth fillings. There’s a total of four options: Matcha, Custard, Durian & egg yolk, and Jujube & egg yolk.
The cakes come in a classy, exclusively designed box. The brown & copper container is covered with copper ginkgo leaves - The Okura Prestige’s logo.
Available now at La Patisserie (1st floor) until September 13.
Anantara Siam Bangkok
Anantara Siam Bangkok joins the age-old celebration and upholds the tradition by offering mooncakes in two classy packages.
The Siamese Fighting Fish Luxury Box is dressed in glittering burgundy leather. Inspired by the fish’s graceful flowing fins, it looks absolutely gorgeous with a gold-embossed image of the aquatic creature.
The other is Premium Red Velvet Box, which is shaped like a half-moon and comes with a ribbon strap. When fully open, it forms a perfect circle.
Both packages contain four mooncakes, made with the best selection of ingredients and none of the preservatives. There are five flavors to enjoy: Durian & egg yolk, Jujube & egg yolk, Lotus seed paste & egg yolk, Black sesame & egg yolk, and custard.
Available now at Mocha and Muffins (1st floor) until September 13.
Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok
Enjoy meticulously-made mooncakes in a luxurious compact package. The classy box features regal blue silk covers and golden patterns; it truly looks like the perfect gift for friends, family, and colleagues.
Each box contains two mooncakes; you can choose from fillings like Assorted grains, Durian & egg yolk, Lotus seed paste & egg yolk, and Bean paste.
Available now at China Table (3rd floor) until September 14.
Taste the famous original mooncakes of Summer Palace - InterContinental Bangkok’s Chinese restaurant.
The process is overseen by Yang Wan Ho, a Hongkonger chef with much experience making the seasonal treat. He’s known for his use of top-quality ingredients, which are carefully selected and prepared. That’s why the hotel’s mooncakes are so decadent and creamy.
This year, the cakes come in colorful gift boxes. There are four-piece and eight-piece sizes, plus four fillings to choose from. Flavors include Durian & egg yolk, Jujube & egg yolk, Lotus seed paste & egg yolk, and Pandan with black sesame & egg yolk. And because it looks so stylish, the package can be used for other occasions.
Available now at Summer Palace until September 13.
Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok
Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok has been celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival by offering mooncakes for over 30 years. In 2019, they’re still focusing on the finest selection of ingredients and masterful preparation.
The classic mooncakes come packed in luxurious box sets that are full of auspicious symbols. The garnet containers feature silver and gold Siamese Fighting Fish line arts on the front.
There are five fillings available: Durian, Assorted grains, Lotus seed paste & egg yolk, Almond & black sesame, and Cream custard. You can choose a set of two, four, six, or eight pieces.
Available now at Shang Palace until September 16.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s exquisite mooncakes. The lavish boxes that the cakes come in are designed as a fan-shaped, elegant clutch bag.
The Oriental Classic is dressed in glorious bright red with Chinese drawings, while The Luxury Box is made of beige leather. The latter has elaborate patterns and a golden tassel on the side to give it some flair.
Each box contains eight mooncakes, created by Chef Andy Liang. Fillings include Custard, Lotus seed paste with egg yolk & flax seeds, Durian egg yolk, and this year’s addition, Tangerine & 8-year-old dried tangerine peels.
Available now at The China House and The Mandarin Oriental Shop until September 13.
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park
Let’s pass on the tradition and good wishes with mooncakes made from premium ingredients.
There are six fillings available, but the highlight is the “Signature Longevity Mooncake”, which contains medicinal herbs such as cordycep, American ginseng, red ginseng, saffron, and dendrobium orchid. These are said to nourish the brain, promote blood circulation, and deter aging effects.
The other five classic flavors are Chanthaburi durian with lotus seeds & egg yolk, Lotus seed paste with watermelon seeds & egg yolk, Lotus seed paste & macadamia, Pork Bak Kwa & assorted nuts, and Vanilla custard.
You can get them individually, or as a set in an elegant red box with a dragon insignia.
Available now at Pagoda until September 13.
Let’s take a break from traditional mooncakes for something with a little more modern twist. Sleek and stylish, these cakes stand out both with the packaging and the taste. W Moon Kit is flying you to the Moon with a set of four cakes in an ultra-chic holographic box.
Enjoy out-of-this-world flavors like Mocha macadamia, Raspberry, Black sesame cheesecake, Green garden, Banoffee, and Durian delight. You can even choose the type of the crust: traditional pastry or snowy mochi.
Available now at The Pantry (2nd floor) until September 13.
The St.Regis Bangkok
For the Chinese, red has always been a color that represents fortune and prosperity. This year, St.Regis Bangkok is offering its handcrafted mooncakes in a limited-edition package, featuring the color of 2019 - Living Coral. The ornate round box has a beautiful see-through cover, so you can turn it into a picture frame.
There are four fillings available: Durian & egg yolk, Jujube & egg yolk, Lotus seed paste & egg yolk, and Yellow bean with coconut & pandan. Every bite is rich, creamy, and deliciously fragrant.
Available now at The Lounge (1st floor) until September 13.
SO Sofitel Bangkok
SO Sofitel’s limited-edition mooncakes come as a set of four packed neatly in a cute, stylish mini-suitcase. The leather material gives the luggage a classy appearance.
The hotel selects premium quality for you to enjoy through four classic fillings: Durian & egg yolk, Assorted grains, Red bean paste & egg yolk, and Lotus seed paste & egg yolk.
Available now at Chocolab (G floor) until September 15.
Grand Hyatt Erawan
This year, Grand Hyatt Erawan is offering two types of mooncake sets. The long thin box contains four cakes, while the larger circular one contains eight, dressed in bright red with a golden logo of the hotel in the center.
If you don’t want that many mooncakes, however, you can buy them individually too.
Choose from five crowd-favorite fillings: Chocolate macadamia, 8 Xian, Durian & egg yolk, Custard, and Pandan & coconut. The last one is the best-selling and Grand Hyatt Erawan’s signature item.
Available now at Erawan Bakery (LL floor) until September 13.
Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Get a taste of exquisite mooncakes made with top-quality ingredients. These snacks are available in four flavors: Durian & egg yolk, Lotus seed paste & egg yolk, Black sesame & egg yolk, and Custard. Each of them corresponds to a different aspect of fortune.
As for the packaging, Renaissance offers two options, both containing four mooncakes. The Prestigious Golden is a lavish, leather-padded box, which can double as a clutch bag. Meanwhile, the Imperial Red is a red & gold leather box with a gleaming full moon on the cover.
Available now at Fei Ya until September 13.
The Athenee Hotel
Liven up your Mid-Autumn Festival with beautiful Spanish cherry, as the flower serves as an inspiration for The Athenee’s mooncake package this year.
There are two versions available; the Spanish Cherry Box contains four cakes, while the larger Athenee Luxury Box packs eight. Since the boxes feature elaborate designs, you can repurpose them for other uses.
The fillings are The Athenee’s original recipes, meticulously prepared and containing no preservatives. Choose from Lotus seed paste & egg yolk, Custard, Assorted grains & egg yolk, Durian & egg yolk, and Chocolate & durian cream custard.
Available now at The Bakery until September 13.
Pass on the festive spirit Chinese-style with mooncakes by Liu. The restaurant still uses the original enduring recipe that produces scrumptious cakes. Top-quality ingredients are turned into four fillings everyone loves like Cream custard, Durian, Multigrain, and Lotus seed paste.
The mooncakes come in a lavish box; there are sizes available for four and eight cakes, as well as a classy limited edition. The tiered container feature a set of bright red drawers adorned with golden patterns and paintings of peacocks.
Available now at Liu (3rd floor) until September 13.
JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
Give a gift of decadent delight in a tiffin-style box. These mooncakes from Man Ho are made from the finest ingredients and carefully baked to golden perfection.
There are four fillings available: Durian & egg yolk, Lotus seed paste & egg yolk, Jujube & egg yolk, and Red bean paste & Chinese goji berries.
You can buy them individually, but the luxurious gift set is an attractive option. In this year’s rendition, the tiered box has a tiffin-style design and elaborate perforated patterns on its cover. The aesthetic resembles what you might find at Chinese temples.
Made from premium materials, the box contains four mooncakes and can be used as a jewelry box after you’ve finished the treats.
Available now at Man Ho until September 30.
The Peninsula Bangkok
And now, a little something for health-conscious folks.
The Peninsula’s mooncakes are filled with organic egg yolk custard. All ingredients come from environmentally friendly sources. Plus, the cakes are exclusively handcrafted to make sure they’re good for your health and have an appealing appearance.
This particular recipe produces a delicate crust, just like the original ones sold at The Peninsula Hong Kong.
Also, the packaging is just as impressive . The octagonal red box contains eight mooncakes and is made from non-toxic, biodegradable materials.
This limited edition is a collaboration with Pitchaya Osothcharoenphol. The Thai artist designs sophisticated patterns using AR technology. The package features ‘auspicious animal’ images and a pop-up piece detailing the myth of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Only 300 of these boxes are made, so be sure to grab yours quickly!
Proceedings from the exclusive collection are going towards scholarships for students of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chulalongkorn University; this will allow the school to produce more Thai artists.
Available now at The Peninsula Boutique until September 13.
Banyan Tree Bangkok
Taste mooncakes from a whole new level with this premium mooncake set. The round leather box is covered in ornate patterns and contains eight bite-sized cakes and an elegant jade green tea set.
This exclusive edition was created to celebrate Banyan Tree’s 25th anniversary; it comes in two shades of green.
There’s also an eight-piece box sans tea set, as well as four and two-piece sizes to choose from. Fillings include Durian, Assorted grains, Lotus seed paste, Walnuts & jujube, and the all-new XO sauce.
Available now at Goodies, Bai Yun, and Romsai until September 13.
Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse
Enjoy authentic mooncakes from a stylish leather tiffin-style box. The classy red & gold patterns imbue the package with a one-of-a-kind elegance. From just a single look, we’re already sure that it’s the perfect gift for this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival.
The mooncakes use an original recipe that gives them a rich aroma. The four fillings are Red beans with goji berries & honey, Durian & egg yolk, Lotus seed paste & egg yolk, and Jujube & egg yolk.
There are also six mini-mooncakes flavors, which will be packed in a classic wooden box. Options include Durian, Lotus seed paste, Jujube, and Assorted grains.
Available now at Yao and The Lobby Lounge until September 13.
Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park
Carry on the tradition and receive blessings of the Moon with these original mooncakes. Meticulous preparation and attention to details, combined with top-shelf ingredients, make for delicate crusts and fragrant, decadent fillings.
There are six options: Mangosteen & durian, Matcha & raspberry, Tiramisu & walnut, Durian & egg yolk, Black sesame, and Assorted grains.
The cakes come in a set of four packed in a luxurious red silk box, which blends Thai and Chinese aesthetics in a beautiful balance.
Available now at Xin Tian Di until September 13.
Centara Grand at CentralWorld
Pass on the joy, deliciousness, and blessings in life with these tasty mooncakes. Choose from as many as nine classic and creative fillings: Durian, Durian & egg yolk, Lotus seed paste, Lotus seed paste & egg yolk, Red bean paste, Red bean paste & egg yolk, Chocolate, Matcha, and Coconut.
There are three packaging options available: Peony (one piece), School Bus (two pieces), and Blossom (four pieces).
Available now at Zing Bakery (G floor) and Dynasty (24th floor) until September 13.
The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam
The Berkeley’s mouth-watering mooncakes are made by experienced chefs using meticulous preparation and premium ingredients. These soft, decadent morsels are perfect for such fortunate and prosperous occasion.
There are four fillings to choose from: Assorted grains, Lotus seed paste & egg yolk, Durian egg yolk, and The Berkeley’s signature, Banana & egg yolk.
Made with perfectly ripe bananas, this last option isn’t at all watery or mushy. Aside from the sweet, fruity fragrance, it’s also infused with umami goodness of the egg yolk. All in all, it’s a delectable combination you should try.
The Berkeley is offering a ‘Buy 3 Get 1 Free’ deal for the mooncakes. Alternatively, buying a set of four cakes will earn you the limited edition package.
Available now at The Mulberry until September 13.
The Sukosol Bangkok
Get a taste of premium mooncakes made with top-quality ingredients; these delightful bites are baked daily, which makes for fresh, tasty cakes with rich, creamy fillings. Most popular five choices are Durian, Durian egg yolk, Lotus seed paste & egg yolk, Mandarin oranges, and Custard cream.
The cakes come packed in a golden yellow box; choose between the smaller two-piece box or the larger four-piece one. Of course, you can also get them individually.
Available now at Lin-Fa until September 30.
Swissotel Bangkok Ratchada
Swissotel Bangkok RatchadSoft, rich, and aromatic, Swissotel’s mooncakes are recognized not only for their taste but also their colorful crusts.
Packed full of new flavors, these cakes come with a parade of creative fillings such as Truffle & egg yolk, Swissotel Signature, Custard & egg yolk, Spicy mango, Honey Yuzu, Salted caramel & mocha, and Durian & egg yolk.
Get these seasonal treats by the piece, or the four-piece set that comes with four bright red boxes, which can be repurposed for other uses.
Available now at Loong Fong and Deli Swiss Cafe until September 13.
The world-famous French macaron/pastry brand is keeping up with the seasonal celebration. Pierre Hermé offers mooncakes that look straight up haute couture, inspired by the mythology of the fall Solstice and Mid-Autumn Festival.
The mooncakes feature a stylish and original flair with four flavor options: Hazelnut and Crispy Praline, Caramel, Vanilla Almond, and Black sesame. The cakes come packed in a dark magenta box with gold-leafed flower patterns, which will fit into any collection and can be used for many other purposes.
Available now at Pierre Hermé (G floor, The EmQuartier).
Fill your heart with seasonal delight from Harrods’ mooncakes, which boast masterful preparation and top-quality ingredients. The tea shop’s signature crust gives the cakes a delicate outer layer; each bite is packed with fragrances and contains no preservatives.
The premium fillings include six creative flavors: Custard & egg yolk, White truffle custard cream, Harrods rose buds royal milk tea, Harrods black currant hibiscus tea with royal date, Durian & egg yolk, and the latest addition, Harrods Georgian tea & melon.
Finally, the package design was inspired by golden treasure chests. The box features Chinese-style perforated patterns and two drawers containing eight cakes in total.
Available now at Harrods (G floor, Siam Paragon / 2nd floor Central Embassy / G floor, The EmQuartier) until September 15.
And now, we have mooncakes from the worldwide-hit coffee franchise, Starbucks. This year, the shop is going all out by offering nine classic and new flavors: Starbucks coffee, Starbucks matcha & red beans, Durian, Chocolate mint, Assorted grains, Rose tea & mixed berries, Purple yam and almonds, Hojicha, and Mocha.
Choose between the two-piece or four-piece boxes, both featuring attractive covers. There’s also a premium set that comes with four mooncakes and a navy or light blue messenger bag.
Available now at all Starbucks locations until September 16.
After You - one of Thailand’s most popular dessert cafés - is hopping on the hype train of mooncakes as well. To join this celebration, it’s bringing out a new take on traditional treats. After seeing After You’s adorable ram logo on the cakes’ front and center, don’t you want to munch on a few of these?
There are five delectable flavors available: Espresso Lamyai, Durian & egg yolk, Peanut candy, Jujube, and the exclusive Chocolate lava, of which there are only 2,000 boxes made. (Each box contains eight cakes.)
Available now at all After You locations or on the After You website until September 13.
Nai Lert Park Heritage Home
Celebrate the auspicious Mid-Autumn Festival with Nai Lert Park’s original mooncakes. Made with premium ingredients and careful preparation, the cakes come in four scrumptious flavors: Jujube, Durian, Lotus seed paste, and Red bean paste.
Every cake is stamped with Nai Lert Park’s logo, which symbolizes luck and fortune. They also come packed in an elegant box with cloud imprints, signifying career success, and the Chinese characters for good luck.
Available now at Ma Maison and Lady L Garden Bistro until September 13.
Each year, Vanilla brings us new, original mooncakes. The same goes for 2019, as the brand is offering two versions of the seasonal snack.
The first is the classic Durian & egg yolk and Lotus seed paste duo. These come in a metal round snuff box, which features one of the four adorable animals design (cat, rabbit, rat, and raccoon) on the front. You can get them individually or together in a four-piece set.
The other item is a more creative spin on the traditional sweet. The ‘slim’ mooncakes have a durian filling; it’s much more convenient to eat, but still retains the original flavors. This variant is available as a pack of two cakes or a four-pack paper box set.
Available now at Vanilla (G floor, Siam Paragon and 2nd floor, The EmQuartier) until September 15.
Finally, to wrap up this list, we’ve got everyone’s favorite bakery chain, S&P. Trying to attract more mooncakes lovers this year, the brand is offering four new tasty fillings: Orange chocolate lava, Acai & mixed berries, Dates & grains, and Jujube & jasmine tea.
Of course, you can still enjoy their classic flavors such as Durian, 8 Xian, Assorted grains, Matcha & red beans, Purple yam, Rose tea & strawberries, and more.
You can get the mooncakes by the piece or by the box set. However, the highlight is definitely the Limited Edition Box Set. The 2019 version features a gorgeous ‘moonlit lantern’ design; it’s made from environmentally friendly materials and can be repurposed for other uses.
Available at selected S&P branches until September 13.