If you think of macarons, Ladurée is probably one of the first names that comes to mind. While in Paris, I had to stop by at least once to have one… or a few.
The original story starts with Louis Ernest Ladurée opening a bakery in Paris in 1862. The sandwich-type macarons started at the beginning of the 20th century by Pierre Desfontaines (second cousin of Louis Ernest Ladurée) by putting together 2 macarons with ganache in the middle. Each season, Ladurée adds a new flavor macaron to their list of yummy options.
I ended up going to two different “houses” while in Paris.
I first went to the shop on Rue de Castiglione. It is a chocolate speciality boutique, so all of their macarons contain chocolate and include types you won’t find at the other shops. Perks of going to this location were that there wasn’t a line to wait in and getting to try the different flavors.
I also went to the Champs-Élysées location and waited in line for a long time. (But it was worth it.)
If you’re a macaron lover and in Paris, you just have to go. No if’s, and’s, or but’s.
7:30 am to 11:00 pm Monday to Friday
7:30 am to 00:00 am Saturday
7:30 am to 10:00 pm Sunday
Rue de Castiglione
10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Friday
9:30 am to 7:30 pm Saturday
10:00 am to 7:00 pm Sunday