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5 STYLISH MOONCAKES TO CELEBRATE MOON FESTIVAL

The Moon Festival will be upon us in a month's time. To make the occasion more fun and memorable, we at Hiphongkong have researched and handpicked five stylish mooncakes that are not only perfect for sharing with your friends and families, but can also make impressive gifts for your business partners and acquaintances.

For Hipsters: French-Inspired Mooncakes

Styled after the traditional French ‘canelé’ cake, these mooncakes by Jean-Paul Hévin are made with caramelized almond and hazelnut cream and decadently finished with a dark chocolate coating. Each gift set of four ($398) or eight ($728) includes two flavors: 'Mooncake Citron' which boasts a refreshing lime and coconut flavor, and 'Mooncake Bergamot' with a unique Bergamot aroma. Available for order from 22 July and for sale from 13 August.

For Chocolate Maniacs: Signature Godiva Mooncakes

Godiva is always the best place to source premium chocolates and this autumn, it launches five unique flavors of exquisite chocolate mooncakes that are complete with fruit ganache. They include the silky 'Mooncake Duo Lait' combining red cherry with cinnamon and sea salt flavors; the refreshing 'Mooncake Duo Noir' blending redcurrant and orange with white chocolate and an apple pear crunch; the gingery 'Pépite Mooncake Lait' made with apricot peach milk chocolate and nuts; the rich 'Pépite Mooncake Noir' featuring passion fruit ganache, mango crunch and 64% dark chocolate; and the ultra sweet 'Pépite Mooncake Blanc' featuring crispy strawberry crunch, almond paste and silky pomegranate chocolate ganache. Each gift box (1 piece) is $145. Hampers are also available for sale.

For Your Date: Romantic Cream Mooncakes

Perfectly handcrafted and beautifully packaged in an attractive gift box, these romantic and decadent looking 'moon-inspired cakes' by Ms B's Cakery are perfect for sharing with your loved ones. They are available in pairs of two for $220 or 500g at $880.

For Ladies: Refreshing Tropical Fruit Mooncakes

W Taipei has launched three sweet and refreshing mooncakes made with seasonal tropical fruits that are set to whet ladies' appetite. Flavors include 'Taiwan Ruby Black Tea Yu-Jing Mango Cake,' 'Honey Scented Black Tea Guan-Miau Pineapple Cake,' and 'Valrhona P125 Coeur de Guanaja Zhong-Liao Banana Cake.' The mooncakes come packaged in a chic 3-layer container that can be rotated freely and each set (6 pieces) costs TWD 1080. Orders can be made via email, fax or phone; international shipping available. More details here.

For Vintage Lovers: Premium Traditional Chinese Mooncakes

For vintage lovers, Mandarin Oriental's premium traditional mooncakes are the go-to choice. Opt for 'White or Golden Lotus with Two Yolk' ($328, 4 pcs) or the mini lotus mooncakes with or without yolks ($248, 6pcs). Hampers are also available for order - simply call The Mandarin Cake Shop on +852 2825 4008.

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