Opening doors in 1862, Laduree is still one of the most popular french macaroon maisons in the world. They have been serving up confections and now have stores in nearly 30 countries (New York and Miami are the US locations).
We stopped at the Champs-Elysées Branch in Paris, one of the six stores in the city. Their confections were featured in the Sophia Coppola film Marie Antoinette and is regularly featured in collaborations with fashion designers.
It was the height of the summer so we expected a little bit of a wait, which was actually better because the time allowed us to take in the lobby and pick our macaroons. I enjoyed the atmosphere, rich in pastel hues, the hustle of the workers picking and filling boxes of little treats and, of course, the sweet aroma of the restaurant and bakery. To be overwhelmed will joy is a natural feeling.
They had a lovely chart of available flavors ranging from Orange Blossom, Lemon, Marie Antoinette, Salted Butter Carmel, Rose Petal, Pistachio, Chocolate and seasonal favorites like Cognac, Maple Syrup, Vanilla Pecan and Earl Grey.
The box was gorgeous. Macarons are 2E each or 17.10E for 6, flavors of your choice. Well worth it for the adorable packaging and really good macarons. Consistency was spot on for the most part and presentation couldn’t be beat. I will say that not all flavors really impressed me. While the chocolat was delicious, I thought the rose petal was bland. I was most surprised by the Earl Grey, not a fan of the tea so much but the macaron was divine. Raspberry was also worth mentioning, really nice.
Overall I love this place, it maybe a bit touristy but it serves up the Parisian delicacy in a style even the royals would enjoy. Worth the wait and worth the stop.
Macaron Rating: 4.5 of 5