Anna Polyviou has opened a gingerbread dessert pop-up at Shangri-La Sydney

Renowned Punk Princess of Pastry Anna Polyviou will be helping Sydney’s lush Shangri-La Hotel, at which she has long been an Executive Pastry Chef, charge into the holiday season with a special pop-up store which will be marked by an enormous four metre gingerbread train out the front, combining 2,000 kilos of gingerbread bricks, 500 kilos of lollies, 100 kilos of fondant, 200 lollipops and liber lashings of icing. The store, located in the luxury hotel, will be selling a bunch of specialised Christmas treats which include Mini Gingerbread Lolly Bag houses, Ginger Ninjas, Fruit Mince Tarts, Christmas Pudding, and lolly jars.

“The train [is] lavishly decorated with hundreds of lollies and will bring that beautiful aroma of freshly baked gingerbread to our lobby”, said Polyviou. “It’s so important for our guests to get that magical Christmas feeling and I love that parents get just as excited as kids when they see the size and fun of the train”.

The introduction of the currently running pop-up store also brings a “Festive High Tea” series (until 31st December) curated by Polyviou. Guests heading along to the Lobby Lounge will be treated to a variety of treats including Berry Choux, Christmas Trifle, Pudding, Star Tarts, Merry Scones and Christmas Presents under the Tree. Polyviou will even be hosting a gingerbread making class for kids on 16th December between 11:30am and 3pm. The classes will take place near the giant gingerbread train.

Festive High Tea is available between 12pm and 2:30pm as well as 3pm and 5:30pm for a price of $55pp and $27.50 per child (6-12 years old).

Shangri-La Sydney

Address: 176 Cumberland St, Sydney NSW 2000


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Chris Singh

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