Ladurée, Paris

Paris, France

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.
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I also went to the Champs-Élysées location and waited in line for a long time.  (But it was worth it.)

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If you’re a macaron lover and in Paris, you just have to go.  No if’s, and’s, or but’s.

Ladurée
Champs-Élysées
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

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